Princess Diana is iconic for a lot of things. Her rocky path to Buckingham Palace for one, but also her legacy as a humanitarian and People’s Princess status, an unofficial title she’ll never have to rescind. But there’s also her style. Equal parts stunning and confident, Princess Diana was never afraid to test the waters with a bold fashion or beauty statement, especially if it promised an undercurrent of fun.
Case in point: Her love of blue eyeliner. It was a staple in her beauty arsenal all through the 80s and, no matter the hue—some days it was electric; others, a lighter pastel—it made her already-sparkling blue eyes totally pop.
But was this look an 80s-only trend where a punk rocker-ish vibe (go, Di) was celebrated and cool? Or something I could pull off, too?
I asked Boston-based celeb makeup artist Dani Wagener to weigh in: “I wouldn’t say blue eyeliner works for everyone, but I believe makeup is about what makes you feel your best,” she says. “To wear it like Diana, it needs to be well-blended into the lower lashline with a creamier product that is highly pigmented.” Wagener also adds that the tone of blue matters. (In other words, the Princess of Wales may have been able to pull off numerous shades, but experimentation is required to find the best shade of blue for you.)