By Dianna Mazzone
Updated Apr 01, 2016 @ 8:45 am
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Sure, blue eye makeup can go wrong faster than you can say “'80s prom.” But when it goes right, it goes so, so right: Consider the spring runways a case in point. Inspired by the shows—and with the help of makeup artist Elisa Flowers—we identified three chic ways to wear ocean-colored eye makeup this season.

Jonathan Saunders

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Flowers loved the modern take on a smoky eye created by makeup artist Lucia Pieroni for Jonathan Saunders. To strike the perfect balance between blue and black, Flowers suggests lining the inside and outside of eyes with a soft, black eyeliner pencil. "Smudge the pencil into lashes and outward onto lids with a tapered blending brush,” says Flowers. "Diffuse the harshness of the black pencil by sweeping a metallic, blue eye shadow onto upper and lower lids, hugging the blue close to your lash lines."

3.1 Phillip Lim

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Backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Francelle Daly applied swipes of Nars Eye Paint in Soloman Islands ($25; at just the inner and outer corners of eyes, topping with matching mascara. For everyday wear, Flowers suggests leaving your lashes au naturel to keep focus on the graphic lines. Use a thin liner brush to create a precise edge, says Flowers.

Sonia Rykiel

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For a slightly more conventional take on blue eyeliner, look to the thin, wraparound lines seen at Sonia Rykiel. Working with MAC Cosmetics, Pieroni used the brand’s Chromagraphic Pencil in Marine Ultra ($17; To ensure crisp lines, “start by sharpening your pencil for a more controlled application,” advises Flowers.