Colored mascara — we're talking blues, purples, wine reds — is kind of tricky to pull off. But, when done right, it can stun harder than most eye makeup and leave you with a quietly bold wow factor. Case in point: Coco Rocha's stacked-lash look from Monday's American Ballet Theatre's Spring Gala. From afar, it just looks like she's rocking a blue smoky eye — nothing all that unusual, right? Wrong. Zoom in, and you'll see that the model has coated her natural lashes in a bright-blue mascara, and then applied a strip of dark falsies on top — giving her eyes and lashes Kardashian-Jenner-like dimensions. Not only did Ms. Rocha make a striking style statement, but we got word that she did her own makeup that night. "I love to make a statement with my makeup and often try to give a bold twist on a classic look," she says. "Jay Manuel Beauty’s The Everything Mascara in Royale gave my whole look at the ABT Gala a contemporary feel, while still echoing back to that classic red carpet glamour every woman wants on a big night out." The retractable-wand mascara has a pretty nifty applicator: Twist it to expand the bristles for volumizing; twist again for finer, extended bristles to lengthen. We've seen plenty of unexpected makeup looks in our day, but we've never seen anything like this from a celebrity. For all the falsie fans out there, this is a gorgeous new style to experiment with — and for the rest of us, it's summer-makeup inspiration at its best. While we'll always have an affinity for our trusty black mascara, Coco's look is a pretty reminder that switching things up every now and then can create makeup magic. Go forth and innovate, lash addicts. (Lipstick)
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on the Refinery29 Beauty Facebook page!