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When it comes to makeup trends, the colour wheel gets reinvented every two-three years. But thanks to social media and Instagram in particular, this year and the next seem to be brimming with potential of all kinds. Colours are being reinterpreted in a big way, with personalisation leading the pack. That means no more direct trends — everything is individualistic and revamped to meet modern needs. In the same vein, the Pantone Classic Blue, the colour of 2020, is no stranger to beauty — Cannes has regularly seen Aishwarya Rai in some shade of blue, glamorous smokey eyes are replaced by blue palettes instead of blacks, and mostly, blue seems to even transcend weather and time. That means, we are no longer bound by blues that can only be worn in winter or just for the night – it’s a hue that will take over everyday meetings and summer poolside conversations. 

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It’s important to note that the blue that was chosen this season is the warm, comforting kind. Not Cerulean that came in 2000 (Hello, Devil Wears Prada!), Serenity that erupted in 2016, or turquoise that was bright and bold in 2005 – this is a darker, more stable blue – in trying times, a comforting colour. And unlike the last decade, makeup companies and artistes are reimagining the shade much more beautifully than before. You actually have blue lipstick, palettes that contain every tiny shade of blue and of course, the staple, blue liners for those looking to have fun, but not go out of their comfort zone. 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan/ via Aastha Sharma

Here are our favourites that will now occupy prime space in your makeup kit, not only for their bright, calming effect but for the fact that they are wearable and relatable too. Time for 2020 to be bolder, but calmer, brighter but comforting. The colour, according to a press release from Pantone admits that the colour, “symbolizes protection, stability, peace, and confidence, as well as encouraging deep thinking, open mindfulness, and communication.” So here are the best picks in makeup that will make sure we head in the right direction. 

Eyeshadow Palettes 

Estee Lauder La Dangereuse 8-Color Eyeshadow Palette By Violette in Blue Dahlia

M.A.C Cicero Full Face Kit, Rs 12,000 has a great blue shade that one can use for everyday wear. If you are feeling a bit intimidated, try using just a little and overlay it with a more dewy shade so it’s approachable. Huda Beauty Sapphire Obsessions Palette, Rs 2,300 (approx) is by far one of the more bolder Huda palettes and all the colours can be either worn as full-fledged eyeshadows or as liners. It’s about balancing them out with neutral shades. The Estee Lauder La Dangereuse 8-Color Eyeshadow Palette By Violette in Blue Dahlia (Rs 4,250) has a pretty hue card – the neutrals paired with intense blues, very wearable. 

Eyeshadow singles

The Tom Ford Shadow Extreme Flat in Sapphire Blue

The Tom Ford Shadow Extreme Flat in Sapphire Blue, Rs 3,200 is a gorgeous, simmering blue that can be worn alone, its rich and creamy on the lids. The Shiseido Inkstroke Gel Eyeliner in Konai Blue, Rs 2,000 has a light metallic tinge to it, very midnight, very evening-wear. The glitter drops are a great way to seal in a bit of shine, look no further than Cover Fx Glitter Drop Highlighter in Lunar, Rs 4,800 that you can layer on top of your singles to mute it and glamour it up. 

Nail colours 

O.P.I Infinite Shine 2 Nail Lacquer in Russian Navy

O.P.I Infinite Shine 2 Nail Lacquer in Russian Navy, Rs 1,100 is a popular one for a while now, it’s no-chip formula lets it stay on your nails for more than a week. Another option is the Sephora Collection Color Hit Nail Polish in Blue Suede Shoes, Rs 440. 


MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Creme Creamy High Pigmented Lipstick in Midnight Blue

Kiko Milano Instant Colour Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 13 Dark Blue, Rs 950 is so unique, it can really give you that shimmery glossy effect in minutes. It’s also richly pigmented.  A few lipstick shades in blue that are just as gorgeous: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour’Ink in Adventurous(Rs 2,480); M.A.C Colour Rocker Lipstick in Indigo (Rs 1,500); MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Creme Creamy High Pigmented Lipstick in Midnight Blue (Rs 1,950); Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Darkness Falls (Rs 499); Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shadowpaint in Midnight Fury, Rs 2,250


Sephora Collection Eye Pencil To Go in Night Blue

The prime, most popular pencils are Givenchy Pencil Magic Khol in Midnight Blue, Rs 1,650; Sephora Collection Eye Pencil To Go in Night Blue, Rs 610; The Benefit Cosmetics Badgal Bang 24hr Eye Pencil in Blue, Rs 1,910 and the ever beautiful Shiseido Kajalink Artist Shadow, Liner, Brow in Gunjo Blue, Rs 2,100. 


Guerlain Cils d'Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara in Marine

Blue mascara? Ever a great way to stay on the colour wheel without going too much into it. The best mascaras that add a dash of subtle but intriguing colour are Sephora Volume On Mascara in Turquoise, Rs 920; Sephora Collection Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in Blue, Rs 1,670 and the Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara in Marine, Rs 2,525


Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.