Runway Alert: How To Wear Turquoise Eyeshadow

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

Images: Courtesy of Style.com.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

18 COMMENTS

  1. 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!

  2. 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*

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. S,

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

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