This Blue Mascara Trick Will Make Your Tired, Puffy Eyes Look Wide Awake
Beauty bloggers love to say adding a pop of bright blue to your eyes will make them appear bigger and brighter, even on your sleepiest, most hungover day.
Sounds great, right? But, in reality, not all of us want to rock technicolor lashes 24/7.
Rather than completely covering my lashes in bright blue for this beauty mythbuster, I wanted to see if adding just a hint of blue color along the base of the lashes really made a difference.
As someone who looks tired 100 percent of the time, I jumped at the opportunity to put this beauty hack to the test. I can use all the eye brightening I can get, especially if it'll make my puffy eyes seem larger.
While I always reach for my trusty colored eyeliner (purple is bae for my green eyes), I wasn't sure how the bright blue hue would look. Beyond opening up the eyes, this tiny pop of blue is a beginner-friendly way to get on board with the blue eye makeup trend that emerged at NYFW last year.
So bust out the blue hues and wake up those lids.
Step 1: Prime your lashes, so that blue will really pop.
Since I'll need a strong color payoff to put this myth to the test, priming the lashes is an important first step.
A white primer like L'Oreal Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara is the perfect base for this eye-opening experiment because it allows the bright blue color to retain its brilliance.
You'll get a much more impactful look using a primer than if you try this look on bare lashes. Trust!
Step 2: Paint electric blue onto your lashes.
Now for the fun part.
Carefully apply a blue liquid eyeliner (we used Wet n Wild MegaLiner Liquid Eyeliner) to the base of your upper eyelashes. Make sure they get a healthy coat of the blue, but be careful not to overdo it or they might get goopy.
Wait a few minutes to let it dry.
Step 3: Soften the look by applying black mascara to the tips.
After you've let your colored lashes dry, apply a regular black mascara from the middle of your lashes to the tips. You want to leave just a small portion of your lashes blue (as close to the lash line as possible) so there's a subtle pop of color.
The majority of your eyelashes should be black, so layer on your go-to mascara until you feel you've achieved a color balance.