Makeup Inspirations

Inspirational Cornflower Blue Eyeshadow

In Images on July 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I chose this eyeshadow colour of “Cornflower blue” or ‘Azure’ because it can be used for all skin tones: from the very pale to the very dark female (see below the second and third editorial makeup images in ‘My Inspirational Eyeshadow Board’ as examples, as well as what the cornflower blue flower and fashion dress looks like against the black background of the other images below too, it still makes an impression yes, therefore the ebony girl could easily wear this eyeshadow) and that is regardless of facial undertones, because of its warm and neutral tone from the pure colour blue thereby a complimentary eyeshadow. 

Thus combines the elements of a good eyeshadow to work in many ways, and should be one that I reckon to be; a stable in most people’s makeup collection, but it isn’t, its an unsung eyeshadow colour. 

And as I got older as a woman, I couldn’t find a blue that really suited my tanned/honey beige skin. As most blues were either too cool in tone, therefore making it look harsh and ageing, or too dark (looking like one has acquired a black eye isn’t attractive, I think most would agree), apart from navy blue which I wore as an eyeliner, which is okay.

For, I think as a woman ages, she needs to develop the cosmetic artistry of changing with her maturity of acquired taste in makeup: electric blues are more flirty, navy blues are conservative in mood. So one needed an eyeshadow blue that reflects a softness, modern and yet strong enough to be noticed still, as to be found in Cornflower blue to represent one’s ultimate femininity in the world. 

Thus I was always on the look-out for a blue that, worked well for any age group, and could and would become a colour that would be easy to blend with other blues and greys, plus the other subsequent colours mentioned below when doing a certain look, or be used on its own.

However, I have now found that accent shade in cornflower blue as that mainstay colour for working harmoniously overall with the other blues in its colour family as well as analogously.

And that would be the mid-tone colour: azure, as it has the quality of warm earth and neutral; to work well with gold and silvers as well as across the spectrum, such as for example bronze, brown, purple, lime and sage green, salmon pink, beige champagne and russet reds, being the accent to the eye complimenting these kind of shades in the colour wheel.

As there are so many pretenders to this true blue colour, its so hard to find it in whatever finish: shimmer or matte, and also in any shape or form from a mono compact, although eventually I did managed to find a ‘Cornflower blue’ in the ‘Azure’ colour range, that being the number 330 from the brand Rimmel London (see picture above on the left) as a drugstore product, but not in a quad or even in a palette along with other blues that is widely available. I guess now I’m feeling the blues….

Cornflower blue, a shade of azure, is a shade of light blue with relatively little green compared to blue.  Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) are among the few “blue” flowers that are truly blue, most “blue” flowers being a darker blue-purple.


A Cornflower, or bachelor’s button, is a plant belonging to the genus Centaurea, especially Centaurea cyanus.  The name of the genus is derived from the Centaur, Chiron, who taught mankind the healing virtue of herbs. The stems are 1 to 3 feet high, tough and wiry, slender, furrowed and branched, somewhat angular and covered with a loose cottony down. The leaves, very narrow and long, are arranged alternately on the somewhat dull and gray appearance. The lower leaves are much broader and often have a roughly-toothed outline. The flowers grow solitary, and of necessity upon long stalks to raise them among the corn. The bracts enclosing the hard head of the flower are numerous, with tightly overlapping scales, each bordered by a fringe of brown teeth. The inner disk florets are small and numerous, of a pale purplish rose colour. The bright blue ray florets, that form the conspicuous part of the flower, are large, widely spread, and much cut into.

Cornflower symbolism

Because of its blue color, the cornflower was symbolic of heaven.

The Latin name, Cyanus, was given the Cornflower as it was the goddess Flora’s (Cyanus) favourite.  Bachelor’s-buttons, as you might suspect from the Latin genus and species, have a bit of folklore under its belt. Cyanus was a youth in Greek legend who worshipped Chloris (or Flora), and spent every waking hour gathering flowers for her altar. When he died, the goddess gave his name to the plant, though some believed she turned him into the plant.

Columbine, from the Latin columba, (or dove, which refers to the alleged resemblance of the flowers to a gathering of doves,) has a little more interesting folklore going for it. It was once called “lion’s herb”, because it was believed those great felines ate it. As a consequence, people believed that by merely rubbing their hands with it, they became more courageous and daring.

In the “language of flowers” or floral symbolism, the cornflower symbolizes contentment with unmarried life, therefore its a single woman’s plant who is enjoying that status of her liberty and at her pleasure.

It also is a symbol of the CIS (formerly USSR), and represents “abundance” when it is depicted in Russian heraldry.


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