The Prettiest Aqua Eyes To Try This Weekend

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Lovers of bright makeup, rejoice. Color is making a comeback for spring — specifically, marine greens and blues. Halfway through New York Fashion Week, we've already spotted enough oceanic eye makeup to make a school of mermaids swoon. For the past few spring seasons, we've seen makeup artists give their palettes a break by opting for the ubiquitous "fresh face." So we're thrilled to see this unexpected pop of color around the eyes.

Beach season might be coming to an end, but at least you can still get a taste of the sea with your makeup. And if you're a little fearful of sporting such bright hues, never fear — there are subtle ways to wear this flattering trend. Ahead, find our favorite sea-colored examples.
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We can't get enough of the Pop Art-inspired eyes at Nanette Lepore. Makeup artist Sarah Lucero says the look is "a little graffiti, a little DIY." To get it, she swept Stila Smudge Stick in Cobalt over the entire lid, and then rimmed the bottom lashline with Stila Smudge Stick in Turquoise. The key to the whimsical effect? Only taking the bottom liner to just under the center of the iris.
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The metallic-blue smoky eyes at Karen Walker were an elevated take on typical sooty black. Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey swept on Sephora Collection Eyeshadow in Diamonds Are Forever and lined the lids with Marc Jacobs Beauty Gel Eye Crayon in Blue Me Away.
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At 3.1 Phillip Lim, makeup artist Francelle Daly kept the face bare save for a shock of blue liner. She drew NARS Eye Paint in Solomon Islands along the upper lashline and in the inner corners.
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The blue double cat-eyes at Bibhu Mohapatra couldn't be easier to recreate. First, makeup artists Jay Manuel and Vincent Oquendo filled in the lids with Jay Manuel Beauty The Ultimate Pencil in OMG, a sky-blue shade. Then, they drew a second line on top of the first, using either Neo (a deep aqua) or Envy (a dark navy).
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At Jill Stuart, makeup artist Aaron de Mey circled the eyes in an ethereal, minty hue (try Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Mochi). Use a soft, fluffy brush to get the diffused effect.
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Jenny Packham's girl sported an aqua-blue cat-eye — created with Laura Mercier's Crème Eye Liner in Canard. (They mixed it with the brand's Eye Basics in Linen to dilute the color.) Next time you're going for red lips and really want to turn heads, try this instead of your standard black flick.
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Makeup artist Pat McGrath described the eyes at Diane von Furstenberg as little butterflies. Well said. She swept shimmery green shadow all the way around the eyes before pressing shimmery blue into the upper lashline only. "It’s a bit of a nod to the past, but done in a much more modern way because the skin is very nude. It’s carefree and beautiful," she said.
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MAC makeup artist Val Garland created "colorblocked" eyes at Monique Lhuillier by drawing on MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Landscape Green (pictured) or Hi-Def Cyan (a bold blue). Consider this the cure for the common cat-eye.
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Feeling rebellious? Skip the eyes and tint your brows in a shimmering blue, channeling the look at Chromat. Certainly not for the faint of heart.
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