Bright Blue Pastel Lids | Topshop AW13 (Drugstore Eyes!)

!Soft blue eyeshadow Topshop look

Okay, so: I know I haven’t been the best about posting recently, but I’m trying to be better, I swear. I think I still need a couple weeks to really get back into the swing of things, but I may as well start now!

Here’s a quick, springy look to start off the week. Created by Hannah Murray for Topshop AW13 at the last last London Fashion Week, the look is “a bit Brit pop, a bit Eighties, a bit New Wave with an urban edge,” according to Murray. Backstage artists paired fresh skin with almond-shaped pastel blue eyes, and — I don’t know. It’s a bit of a “look,” isn’t it? Super-easy, but still not something I could ever see myself really loving.

Read Vogue’s backstage report for the show here, and catch a full tutorial here.

!Pastel bright blue eyes

Topshop recommends using their Eye Crayon in Kingfisher to get this look, but it’s not actually what was used backstage. Rather, Murray put down a green eyeshadow base (I’m guessing a cream eyeshadow), then topped it off with a pale blue eyeshadow.

I went with a more direct approach, layering a white primer with a matte blue eyeshadow, but I would have liked to have used something with more intensity — the soft “glow” was lovely in real life, but I think the way it photographed left a little something to be desired.

You win some, you lose some, I guess!

1. No makeup look (prep)

Start with a blank canvas

2. Cornflower blue makeup (intermed step)

& add a little colour. (Pre-blush & mascara)

The cool thing about this look, though, is that you could honestly sub in whatever shade you wanted to. I love the look of a matte finish for an eye like this, but I’m not crazy about bright blues — I think I’d have loved to do a lilac or a cobalt instead (both of which happen to be part of Sephora’s current ColorVision forecast, handily enough!)

Here are a couple springy shades that caught my eye:

Colourblocked pastel eyes

Shiseido | Sephora | MAC | Stila

Products Used


NYX HD Eye Shadow Base

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

42 Double Stack Matte Palette

Annabelle Smoothie Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil in Licoriche

Annabelle Expandable Mascara

!Cornflower blue pasetel makeup look


Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Petunia

Senna Sketch-A-Brow in Mink


Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Face Primer

theBalm timeBalm in Lighter Than Light

MAC Powder Blush (Matte) in Harmony

FaceFront Rocket Bronzer (Steel) in Third Kiss

Smashbox Eye Shadow (Matte) in Smoke

Clinique Blushing Powder Blush in Smoldering Plum

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    There is something about how effortlessly you rock this look that makes me stare and stare! Pastel blue actually makes a lot of sense on your face, if you know what I mean! Blue is still not a favorite color of mine. I've done looks with it because pieces have found their way to me, but I kinda doubt I'll start wearing it every day. I don't think I look bad per se, but it still feels a little awkward. Maybe one day though :)
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    • Aww, thank you, darling! For what it's worth, though, blue still totally makes me feel awkward, too ;)

  • You look so fairy-tale like! Like an elf, or faerie! Just beautiful :-)

  • This look which clearly is not for everyone makes you look like a fairy! Amazing with your brown eyes. Like Sunny said, I too stare & stare. Beautiful!
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    • :D I'm really liking this "you look like a faerie" thing! Maybe I'll have to start wearing pastel washes of colour more often, lol!

      Thank you, dearling :)

  • BellaChique

    Wow Rae, the way you rock a pale blue like this is insane! It suits you so well! It reminds me a bit of the pale blue shade in the Estee Lauder spring palette, that one was so well pigmented. I still need to get myself Milk because it makes any shade pop! Great look on you!
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    • Aww, thank you so much, Teri! I'm so glad you think it suits me — I wasn't sure how well this look would go over, but it's comforting to hear that you don't all just think I look like a joke :p

      I'm not crazy about the way Milk can make eyeshadows crease, but it really does serve as a great white base. It's always handy to have a white cream eyeshadow on hand for more "artistic" looks, too!

  • Nikki

    Yeah, nice demonstration here Rae, you have beautiful eyes by the way! Not quite my style but still interesting. Would like to see a different shade on you though as a comparison, maybe a cream or some sort of earthy color?

  • Really a "look at me!" look, and maybe that's what you're not comfortable with. I do love it on you! Some days you just want to fade into the background, others you put on the "I don't care what you think" blue, purple or teal eyeliner. Or the matte red lips!
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    • Thank you, Soos! I feel like the "fade into the background" looks are the only ones I really feel comfortable in, recently — though really made-up ones are great for the blog, of course.

      Maybe I'll have to work on breaking out of my shell (again) this summer. With the gorgeous light and the long, endless days, it always feels like the right time to wear really loud makeup looks ;)

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  • Denise

    I know you usually wear a more subdued eye look but you really are rocking this look! Really pretty on you!

    • Thank you so much, Denise! I'm glad to hear you liked the look :)

  • I like pastels a lot, I think it is a beautiful look Rae! I don't own a true pastel blue yet but am still looking for inspirations :)
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    • Thank you, Claire! Good luck finding your perfect blue — I know how hard a good pastel can be to find. :)

  • toyarosie

    I think this looks really cool Rae! I know what you mean about maybe trying it with other shades, but I suspect those looks would be more 'pretty' and mainstream, while this is really standout and unique. There's a time and a place for each I think! In any case, this is terribly fun and you pulled off the execution beautifully, as usual my dear!
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    • Thanks, Toya! I feel like you could totally do this is another pastel and keep it just as obscure — something like a mint green would be nice & strange, perhaps :p I do love the unexpected edge of this look, though, which I don't think I really realized until after posting the look!