Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam

If I can make blue eye makeup work, so can you

You know how they say if you lived through a trend, you should never revisit it? Well, that’s blue makeup for me. I remember it so clearly, buying the Wet & Wild blue eyeliners and shadows in 1988 — matched perfectly with frosted pink lipstick. Now, I’m breaking the don’t-do-it rule for charity.

Recently, I was asked by Shoppers Drug Mart to be a guest at the 2015 Mirror Ball, a fundraising event for the Look Good Feel Better program that helps women facing cancer deal with the physical and emotional toils of treatment. To bring awareness to the emotional side of having cancer, women (and a few men) wear blue makeup to complement the #cancerblues hashtag on social media.

The high-glam event is put on by Beauty Gives Back, a group of beauty industry professionals and companies who donate their time, money and products to LGFB.
Here’s how I re-imagined blue eye makeup in a modern way — no ’80s perm required!

I went for a blue pencil instead of an ink one. Mostly because I just find it easier to handle and draw than a liquid liner. Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Eye-Liner in 3D Blueprint had the perfect amount of yellow, so it was much brighter than navy without being too light.

I lined the inside of my lower lash line with Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Cashmere White. I did this because I didn’t want to use blue. Since I have blue eyes, I had to break up the blue and make the eyeliner stand out.


I wanted my makeup look to be glam, bam, thank you ma’am. And what would be more perfect for that than a metallic eyeliner like Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Or Blanc? I chose gold, because of how it intensifies blue. I lined the top of the lid with wide strokes. I even went liberally around the tear duct part of the eye.

And finally, I wanted a dramatic lash to really frame the liner so I went with Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara in Rich Black. I opted for this mascara because of its deep black colour and the hearty brush that is thick with bristles.