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A Blue Crush — Sonia Kashuk Eye Quad in Queen of the Blues

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Makeup artist Sonia Kashuk has been bringing the heat! Back in March, I raved about the beach-ready, safari-flavored offerings in her limited-edition Spring 2011 collection for Target: the Gold Mine 7-Piece Brush Set, packaged in a wicker clutch case with a smooth, organic pebble at the top snap closure point; the Roped In Kabuki Brush, featuring a twine-like cord wrapped around its gold metallic handle; and the Spring Awakenings Face Palette, an all-in-one kit containing four eye shadows ranging from a light fawn shade to a sparkling vintage gold, as well as three sheer gloss shades, a muddy brown liner shade,i and a warm coral pink blush — all packaged in a smart wicker case. On a surface level, I preferred these limited-edition offerings due to their fashion-forward, cabana-ready packaging. But, when I focused on the cosmetics themselves, I discovered that the real gems were among the products added this season to Sonia Kashuk’s permanent.

Most worthy of our attention: the Sonia Kashuk Eye Quad in Queen of the Blues ($12.99 at Target.com). One of the dominant makeup trends for Spring/Summer 2011 is ’70s-inspired, Bohemian-flavored, blue eye shadow (as seen in the ADAM SS11 runway show). But how can you rock a retro periwinkle or sky blue eye shadow without looking like you’re impersonating Cher in her Sonny and Cher days? How do you make the look a bit more modern? If the mere idea intimidates you, then ease into the blue spectrum with the shades in the Sonia Kashuk Queen of the Blues Eye Quad, which tread the tightrope between blue and gray. The palette contains four shades with which to create a smokey yet breezy look: a chalky, baby power white; a matte heather gray color with blue undertones and a dusky look; a shimmering, whitened, bluish silver shade (reminiscent of the color Mercedes-Benz used for some of is late ’50s models, such as this 1958 300 SL Roadster); and a near-black, galactic blue with a silver sheen, packed with chunky, iridescent silver and sky blue glitter that create an otherworldly effect.

After the jump, you’ll find swatches of the colors in the quad, as well as a sample look created. Find out why this is the Queen of the Blues!

Below, check out how the four eye shadow colors look when swept onto skin. As you can see, the most amazing colors are the light silvery blue at far right and the glimmer-packed, steely galactic blue at far left. But the velvety, cloudy, ethereal gray and white colors pictured at center are necessary to temper the sparkling intensity of the other two shades. Think of them as the nebulous vapour surrounding constellations and planetary formations, the backdrop for the magical supernovas.

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Next, check out a look I created using the Queen of the Blues quad. I started out by applying the light, silvery blue shade to my lids, working it into the crease. Next, I applied the dark, cosmic blue-gray color to the outer half of lids, blending it with the lighter shade at the center of lids and bringing the darker color up to the crease region. To counteract the glittery finish of these two bluish shades, I then brushed on the dusky, smokey, matte gray shade into the crease, layering it over the two shades and blending thoroughly. The final effect was lovely, as the crease created this inviting curtain, leading the way to the drama on the lids. Last, I added a dot of the white color to the inner corners of eyes so as to brighten up the look and make the eyes appear a bit wider.

I applied two coats of black Mascara, reached for a creamy lilac lipstick, and I was good to go!

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For a closer look at the colors on the lids, check out the images below:

 

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