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Five Days of Blue Dahlia: Day One, Baby Steps

Blue eye shadow often conjures memories of junior high or the '80s — or even worse, junior high during the '80s. These days, though, blue can be fashionable and fun, says Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director of Estee Lauder. Blue Dahlia, his first Pure Color collection for the venerable brand, is filled with bright, rich blues and soft pinks. "Blue is not something we see all the time in fashion, but I find it very playful," he says of the collection. "It's a very optimistic color as well, and it's better to be happy than to be sad."

But can this neutrals-loving girl learn to stop worrying and love the blue? To find out, I'm going to use shades from the Blue Dahlia palette ($42) over the next week. Today, we start out with baby steps. To see what I did, keep reading.

Whoa, extreme close-up! For this look, I took a thin, damp eyeliner brush and ran it along the top teal blue color. Then, I created a thin line and left the rest of my eyes blank — no mascara, obviously. I liked that the blue was relatively subtle, but a little more interesting than typical black eyeliner. For Monday, I'll get a little more daring. Until then!

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