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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 eye-shadow.
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 eye-shadow 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 eye-shadow, and you know what? Totally pulled off this season’s hottest new beauty trend.
FUN FACT* ALERT: Did you know? Blue eye shadow in the Victorian period was considered a way of showing you had a weak and innocent heart.
*NOT IN ANY WAY GUARANTEED TO BE FUN
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) 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.