Bringing back the 80's

Posted On: 12/03/2015

By: Sassy Bird & Zoe Delaney

Sassy Bird: It feels like only yesterday that I was talking about bringing back 80's bikini styles (it literally was only yesterday) but you know what wasn't only yesterday though? The last time it was acceptable to wear blue eyeshadow that's what. Then J-Lo happened...

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Zoe: Recently, pictures of Jennifer Lopez looking all 'fire emoji' haven’t been able to be shared without someone adding a caption along the lines of ‘Can you believe this hot woman is 45?’ Well yeah, I can actually – it’s not a shock to me that a woman can be attractive after the age of 30. While it’s incredibly tedious that JLo can’t slay on the red carpet (I haven’t used the slay term correctly, have I?) without banging on about her having the cheek to be a fitty in her forties, it does always remind me that my mum is the same age as her.

Like my mum, JLo was a teenager in the 80’s – aka the worst decade for fashion since the 19th century when wearing a corset every single day was a thing (seriously, fuck that). Frizzy perms, stone wash denim, leg warmers, shoulder pads and, the most famous 80’s fashion & beauty connotation of them all – blue eyeshadow.

While my mum may have traded her baby blues for a smokey eye kit these days, her ‘Class of 1987’ pal Ms Lopez is leading the way for blue eyeshadow to be spring’s hottest trend.

Photographed at the American Idol finalist party last night, Jennifer Lopez swapped her usual bronzed look for frosty baby blue eyeshadow, and you know what? Totally pulled off this season’s hottest new beauty trend.

FUN FACT* ALERT: Did you know? Blue eyeshadow in the Victorian period was considered a way of showing you had a weak and innocent heart.


While Jen (yeah, we’re close – I call her Jen) may have looked a solid ten with her ice queen theme, she could probably pull off dressing exclusively in Jane Norman 2002 sale items, so I’m not entirely convinced just yet. I asked my makeup artist mate (every girl should have a MUA as a BBF – they’re so handy), Louise of Hearts & Anchors whether 'Sarah from Scotty Road' will be able to pull this trend off as well as Jenny from the Block?

“I’m not going to lie, it’s not for everyone,” she told me while showing me a blue mascara from YSL which reminded me of the days of hair mascara from Claire’s Accessories. “It’s certainly one of the new beauty looks for the spring but it will be tricky for some to work. Baby blue will almost certainly only really suit those with fair skin and dark hair but you can always use different shades if you want to participate in the trend. Fashion and beauty is about having fun so don’t be afraid to give something a go.”

“I recently had a client going to a wedding who wanted her eyes to match her blue dress. I was a bit dubious at first but the result was fab. I suggest using 2 shadows; a light and a dark blue. Use the lighter shade to go up until your browbone and the darker colour for the eye creases. As with most eye looks, blending is key. Have a play around with different shades and see what works best for you.”

I’m off to call my mum to see if see has any more tips from the 80’s.

SB: This week I had a catch up with the ladies at Illamasqua HQ so they could fill me in on all the new bits and bobs they have coming out. I've got news for you; the future is bright, the future is blue. Very fucking blue. They have an amazing new iridescent lip gloss which I would describe as more of a pearl effect than a blue, a very pale shimmery blue nail varnish (I happened to accidentally be sporting a similar shade at the time - just ahead of the trend aren't I? Nail painting emoji) which is divine and a blue eyeshadow palette. The palette is a little scary, I'm not going to lie - an almost white shadow (agh 90's school memories!), an ice blue shimmery cream (a la J-Lo), a royal blue (eek!) and a navy... at least we can still smoke that shit up. 

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The main talking point (aside from the part of the conversation where we got side tracked and ended up talking about how other countries don't flush their toilet roll and leave pooey tissues in the bin - don't ask, don't even know) was the most radical item of them all - a bright blue lipstick. Everyone knows when you're buying red lippy that you should look for ones with a slight blue tone in as it makes your teeth look whiter but an actual blue lipstick... I dunno. The girls said they had all had a little try of it and once the initial shock had worn off it actually looked quite good and best of all, suited every skin tone. 

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I must admit, I did try ice blue glitter lips while I was in Spain last year and I didn't hate it, but can I imagine myself swanning through Liverpool One rocking a royal blue pout? Jury is out. What do you guys think? Do you dare? Collection available from May 1st.

Also I'm calling the poodle perm will be back next...


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