When I was a kid, I loved nothing more than delving into my mum’s makeup bag. It was the ’80s so there were a lot of bright colours in there. Annoyingly, it was always hidden. But, occasionally, if I was in luck, I’d find it unaccompanied on the bedroom floor ready for my chocolate-covered fingers to unzip. Like most 7-year-olds, I went straight for the lipstick, smearing it onto my face and squashing the entire stick in the process. My favourite was always the blue mascara. I never knew what I was doing with it so I just combed it through my hair.
Anyway, that was a long a time ago. And like Adam and the Ants and vol-au-vents, blue mascara stayed in the ’80s. We’ve had a few blues over the years; Benefit’s They’re Real Beyond Mascara in Blue is an old favourite, and L’Oreal always does a pretty good blue hue… but they’re rather safe. I like cobalt lashes. Bright and bold and very present. ’80s meets East London via Topshop.
I’m in love with YSL Mascara Vinyl Couture in No°5 I’m The Trouble. Firstly, it smells nice. Secondly, it’s bright let’s-get-our-freak-on BLUE. For a subtle look, layer it on top of black mascara. For a not-so-subtle look, just go blue, baby. As you would expect from YSL, it’s also a brilliant mascara. It does what it says it does: it lengthens, curls and adds volume.