Kerry Washington with her upper eyelids coated in a startling shade of sapphire - Oct 20, 2017 Kerry Washington with her upper eyelids coated in a startling shade of sapphire - Oct 20, 2017

Far more than a passing trend, vivid eye makeup has grown into a real phenomenon.

The approach of the 55th anniversary of David Bowie’s single “Life on Mars” puts a poignant spin on the look. Worn by Kerry Washington, Zendaya, and more starlets, ultra pigmented splotches of color vividly recall the electric blue, alien-looking makeup Bowie donned for the landmark music video. The intent was to shock and these celebs are using a similar strategy, whether they opt for shimmering aquamarine (like Jenna Ortega) or glowing mauve (like Laverne Cox).

Experimenting with different tints and sometimes even mixing hues, Bella Thorne has used the technique more than once and so has Janelle Monae— jas