Runway Alert: How To Wear Turquoise Eyeshadow

January 24, 2009

Spring is the best time to whip out those bright colors that were kept hidden in the drawers after the long cold winter and turquoise is my all-time favorite. While turquoise looks best against darker skin tones and makes brown eyes pop, it will look good on lighter eyes and paler skin as well. Just make sure you pick one that has a metallic or satiny finish. Matte turquoise can look dated.

At the Gucci S/S 2009 show above, lead makeup artist Pat McGrath did a bold look with a rich metallic turquoise eyeshadow on the lid blended past the crease, a light green as a highlighter, lots of eyeliner and false lashes. She also highlighted the models’ cheekbones and cupid’s bow and added a soft pink lipgloss on the lips.

Models strutted in bronzed skin with eyebrows that were colored with a matte turquoise color at the MaxMara S/S 2009 show.

For the Emanuel Ungaro S/S 2007 show, turquoise was applied closely to the upper lash line with a warm bronzy gold on the crease and a violet on the lower eye.

Karl Lagerfeld sent his models on the runway with a creamy turquoise around the eyes paired with graphic black eyeliner and barely there lips at his Spring 2007 show.

Turquoise eye and graphic liner at Karl Lagerfeld Spring 2007

Product Recs (clockwise from top left)

* MAC Aquadisiac eyeshadow
* NARS Duo Eyeshadow in South Pacific
* L’Oreal HIP Bright Duo Shadow in Showy
* Urban Decay Flipside

Below is a FOTD I did that was inspired by the Gucci show.

What I Used

* Skin Food Mushroom Multi-Care BB cream in #2
* MAC Select Coverup Concealer in NC30 under the eyes
* Jane Magical Mushroom eyeshadow to fill in eyebrows
* MAC Aquadisiac eyeshadow on eyelid
* MAC Waternymph eyeshadow on eyelid and blended up onto crease
* MAC Swimming eyeshadow to highlight
* Jane Clubbing eyeshadow on outer corner, crease and to line
* Ipum False Lashes on top
* MAC Marquise D’ Lipstick

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  • Reply Cindy January 25, 2009 at 12:19 am

    The last pair of models .. the one on the left is Coco Rocha right?! I went to high school with her!! Shes soo pretty

    And your turquoise look is awesome!!! Really brightens things up =) Love!

  • Reply Valerie January 25, 2009 at 1:26 am

    I totally love your look more than the ones you were inspired by!!

  • Reply blackbeauty January 25, 2009 at 10:57 am

    omg i totally am digging your look. i agree with valerie… way hotter than the models (even though i just adore Coco Rocha) wow keep up the good work! pssssssssssss pleaseee cover more make up tips for “ethnic” gals like me 🙂 *kiss*kiss*

  • Reply Pinklye January 25, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Oh it’s great ! I love your look (I’m going to try this monday !).
    But I totally love Emanuel Ungaro’s models <.3

  • Reply Beda January 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I love your take on the Gucci look. I think you did it better 😉 I would have never dreamt of using Swimming as a highlight. Looks perfect with the right colors!

  • Reply Angela January 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    You look lovely with the turqoise lids!

    Love this look, thanks for posting!

  • Reply Shirley January 25, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    wow… colors look great. i think u look better than those models. The colors really show a lot on you.

  • Reply Phyllis January 25, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Aww thanks guys =)

  • Reply bec January 26, 2009 at 12:25 am

    love the eye makeup!! it suits you so well. i agree with everything that was written above; you wear these colours better than the models do.

    btw, i love how your colour contacts contrast against your black hair. what contacts are you wearing?

  • Reply Jennie January 26, 2009 at 10:39 am

    love YOUR version best!

  • Reply Tina January 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    HOT HOT HOT! you should totally be a model and represent for us asian girls. happy chinese new year btw!

  • Reply T January 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Did you use black eyeliner on your lid???

  • Reply Phyllis January 26, 2009 at 10:09 pm


    I’m wearing the Geo Tri-Color contacts in Brown.

  • Reply Phyllis January 26, 2009 at 10:10 pm


    I did not use eyeliner on the eyelid. It was Jane’s Clubbing eyeshadow but I used it wet to line.

  • Reply S January 27, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I am obsessed with this look!! It looks gorgeous — i can’t wait to wear it out.

    Btw the mac eyeshadow WaterNymph is discontinued right?

  • Reply Phyllis January 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm


    Waternymph was a limited edition color from the Lure collection but Shimmermoss (which is from the permanent line) is a close dupe.

  • Reply Niki=) February 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    hello~~~you look so pretty!^^
    can you plz tell me what color is ur lipstick.?
    i love ittttttt!!!!

  • Reply hi October 9, 2009 at 2:13 am

    OMG, did u really went to the hight school with her? if so… i can’t believe!!!

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