You may be inclined to call it electric blue, but that would be so 1980 of you. This vibrant blue hue, a trend once again in 2011, shall be henceforth known as cobalt, sharing its name with the chemical element with the atomic number 27, if you're curious.
Harper's Bazaar was among the several fashion mags to name cobalt blue a trend color for 2011, and now you can't miss it as it shows up in clothing stores, accents interiors and, of course, makes its mark on the makeup scene. And it's no wonder—it's a complementary color on just about everyone. It will set off red hair, illuminate blond and add a dashing background for brunettes. It works in both summer and winter, and like other colors of a bold nature (think traffic-stopping red or blind-you-like-the-sun yellow), it demands attention.
Ol' Blue Eyes
To wear cobalt blue, make sure you let it take center stage. In other words, use the color as an accent to an otherwise neutral palette. For the eyes, try ULTA Baked Eye Shadow in Deep Blue Something. You can use it wet or dry for a multitude of dramatic looks.
To add a little sparkle to your cobalt fantasies, try the NYX Glitter Cream Palette in Ocean Breeze, which gives you five gel-based shades of blue to play with.
You can use them on the eyes, lips or cheeks … just not all at once, please.
Fingers and Toes
If it's getting a little chilly where you are, bring some
warmth to your look with cobalt blue polish that makes you feel as if you're sitting on the shores of a bright blue ocean. Essie Nail Polish in Aruba Blue will do the trick. It offers chip-resistant protection and is a steal at $8.
Or give Butter London Nail Lacquer in Big Smokea try. It's slightly darker for a classy, sophisticated day or night look. Think: the color of Kate Middleton's sapphire wedding ring.
Accessories Are Everything
Has your cobalt curiosity peaked? Delve into this blue hue beyond just makeup as accessories are now popping up in this must-have shade. Like the Hot Tools BlueIce Titanium 3-Barrel Waver, for instance. Create waves literally and figuratively with this new styling tool that promises a natural-looking style (which will perfectly complement your new cobalt manicure).