Blue eyeshadow is tricky… one false move and you’re in 1980’s debutante territory. But if you do it right, the look can be wildly chic; just check out Anika Noni Rose’s glamorous periwinkle lids at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.

Here’s the thing… you don’t want to apply it all over your lids, all the way up to the brow. With a look this dramatic, a little goes a long way. Simply blend a blue hue from lashes to crease (if you’re feeling saucy, smear a little along bottom lashlines), and follow up with tons of black mascara.

Right now, we’re loving MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Blue My Mind ($19.50,, a trio of baby blue, cobalt and navy shades; and Cover Girl Queen Collection Eyeshadow Quad in Blue Notes ($4.99,, which comes with four coordinating blue hues.

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