X

Enter to win a FREE
Detox Mud Treatment
from Exuviance!

*By entering to win, you agree to receive future emails from Exuviance.

How To Wear Eyeliner In Colors Other Than Black And Brown

Large Editorial Image


August 25, 2016

Wearing colored eyeliner can be tricky. When done right, statement eyeliner is a fun way to play with your makeup and change up your look. When done wrong, colored eyeliner can make you look like a 7th grade #tbt come to life. In fact, I avoided the colored eyeliner trend for months in fear of repeating the eyeliner mistakes of my past. Unable to resist try a new makeup trend, I slowly started working colored eyeliner into my look. I found that it can be playful and fun while still looking grownup. Plus, black and brown eyeliner just gets boring after a while. To start, try following these tips for pulling off colored eyeliner:

  • Less is more: If you’re a makeup newbie or just trying out colored eyeliner for the first time, you want to start small. Ease your way into things by apply colored eyeliner on your bottom lash line. This adds a nice pop of color without being too overwhelming.
  • Keep the rest of your makeup simple: Your face is like an outfit: There should be only be one statement piece. If you are rocking colorful eyeliner, opt for a soft lip. Choose dramatic liner or bold shadow (there’s no need for both). This will prevent your look from coming off as juvenile.
  • Hug the lash line: Colored eyeliner looks best when it hugs the last line, so be sure to tightline your eyes. Not sure what tightlining is? Check out this guide here.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix: Worried about being too bold? Try blending your colored eyeliner with black, brown, or grey. This can tone down a look and add a subtle pop of color to your look. My go-to look is to blend grey and purple eyeliner together.
  • Find the right product: You want a colored eyeliner that makes an impression and stays all day. You can’t go wrong with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner ($21). This pencil comes in a ton of fun colors and stays put, even when you apply it to your waterline. Pencil formulas also give you the most control. I like pen formulas (like the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner), but they require a very steady hand and the color deposit tends not be as bright. If you are going for a more smudgy look, try a kohl pencil or the NARS Eye Paint ($25).
  • Pick a shade that flatters you: It’s tempting, but just don’t just pick a color because it’s your favorite. You want to find an eyeliner shade that complements your eye color and skin tones. If you have blue eyes, gold and copper are very flattering. For green eyes, pick a shade with reddish undertones. Brown eyes will pop if you use purple or navy eyeliner. For hazel eyes, go with an emerald green.

Love makeup? Check out these best-selling makeup mirrors and brushes.

 

Shop make up for ever

More make up for ever | 3 of 185 »

Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder Blush by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

Pro Sculpting Brow by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

MAKE UP FOR EVER 214 Small Precision Crease Brush by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lustrous Brush Set by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

Artist Rouge Lipstick by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra Hd Microfinishing Loose Powder by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

Lustrous Shadow Palette by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now

Aqua Smoky Lash by

Make Up For Ever

Buy Now




  • J.McLaughlin Just Launched A Shoe Collection And You're Going To Want All Four Styles

    J.McLaughlin Just Launched A Shoe Collection And You're Going To Want All Four Styles

    Style

    today

  • 5 Cheap Natural Chapsticks Dermatologists Swear By

    5 Cheap Natural Chapsticks Dermatologists Swear By

    Beauty

    today

  • Drop Everything--Ulta's Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale Is Happening Right Now!

    Drop Everything--Ulta's Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale Is Happening Right Now!

    Beauty

    1 day

  • 9 iPhone Apps That Will Make The Holidays Easier, According To An Expert

    9 iPhone Apps That Will Make The Holidays Easier, According To An Expert

    1 day

  • Target Is Going To Have SAME-DAY Delivery Service in 2018!

    Target Is Going To Have SAME-DAY Delivery Service in 2018!

    Shop

    1 day

  • 5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Mood This Winter #WellnessWednesday

    5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Mood This Winter #WellnessWednesday

    1 day

  • Mark Your Calendar! The New NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Launches On December 14

    Mark Your Calendar! The New NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Launches On December 14

    Beauty

    2 days

  • Want To Work At SHEfinds? We're Hiring!

    Want To Work At SHEfinds? We're Hiring!

    2 days

  • 18 Wedding Dress Trends That Are Going To Be HUGE In 2018

    18 Wedding Dress Trends That Are Going To Be HUGE In 2018

    Weddings

    2 days

  • Curology Makes Custom Skincare Tailored For Your Unique Skin... Get Your First Month Free!

    Curology Makes Custom Skincare Tailored For Your Unique Skin... Get Your First Month Free!

    Beauty

    2 days

  • Once And For All, Here's How To Heal Dry, Cracked Lips #SheFindsSoutions

    Once And For All, Here's How To Heal Dry, Cracked Lips #SheFindsSoutions

    Beauty

    2 days

  • You Can Get Wine At Trader Joe's For Under $20 (You're Welcome!)

    You Can Get Wine At Trader Joe's For Under $20 (You're Welcome!)

    2 days

  • The One Drugstore Chapstick You Should Start Using, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Drugstore Chapstick You Should Start Using, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    2 days

  • 4 Amazing K-Beauty Skincare Products That You Can Get From CVS Right Now

    4 Amazing K-Beauty Skincare Products That You Can Get From CVS Right Now

    Beauty

    2 days

  • See Ugg's Collection For The New Movie

    See Ugg's Collection For The New Movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

    Kids

    2 days

  • Stay Warm This Winter In One Of These Stylish Wool Coats Under $200

    Stay Warm This Winter In One Of These Stylish Wool Coats Under $200

    Style

    2 days

  • These Cute Faux-Fur Lined Merrell Boots Actually Make Us Excited For Snowy Winter Weather

    These Cute Faux-Fur Lined Merrell Boots Actually Make Us Excited For Snowy Winter Weather

    Shop

    2 days

  • This Is The Strapless Bra Every Woman <em>Needs</em> For Holiday Party Season (And Beyond)

    This Is The Strapless Bra Every Woman Needs For Holiday Party Season (And Beyond)

    Shop

    2 days

  • When Is The Victoria's Secret Semi Annual Sale & What Goodies Can You Expect?

    When Is The Victoria's Secret Semi Annual Sale & What Goodies Can You Expect?

    Style

    2 days

  • Don't Miss Your Chance To Win A SodaStream Fizzi Signed By Jillian Micheals!

    Don't Miss Your Chance To Win A SodaStream Fizzi Signed By Jillian Micheals!

    Style

    2 days

  • The $10K Blow Dryer & More Gifts For The Girl Who Already Has Every Beauty Product

    The $10K Blow Dryer & More Gifts For The Girl Who Already Has Every Beauty Product

    Beauty

    2 days

  • 5 Concealers That Actually Make Your Skin Better, According To A Dermatologist

    5 Concealers That Actually Make Your Skin Better, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    2 days

  • 5 Cheap Natural Products Dermatologists Swear By To Unclog Pores

    5 Cheap Natural Products Dermatologists Swear By To Unclog Pores

    Beauty

    3 days

  • All Of These Cute Black Dresses Are Less Than $50 #YoureWelcome

    All Of These Cute Black Dresses Are Less Than $50 #YoureWelcome

    Style

    3 days

  • Here Are The Best Aromatherapy Oils That Smell Amazing & Are Amazing For You!

    Here Are The Best Aromatherapy Oils That Smell Amazing & Are Amazing For You!

    3 days

  • 5 Cheap Natural Products For Under-Eye Puffiness Dermatologists Swear By

    5 Cheap Natural Products For Under-Eye Puffiness Dermatologists Swear By

    Beauty

    3 days

  • We're Giving Away <em>Free</em> Exuviance Detox Mud Treatments #SampleSaturday

    We're Giving Away Free Exuviance Detox Mud Treatments #SampleSaturday

    Beauty

    5 days

  • Here's How To Find Your Exact Skin Undertones

    Here's How To Find Your Exact Skin Undertones

    Beauty

    5 days

  • The Too Faced x I Want Kandee Melted Mattes Are Too Sweet For Words (Check Out These Swatches!)

    The Too Faced x I Want Kandee Melted Mattes Are Too Sweet For Words (Check Out These Swatches!)

    Beauty

    5 days

  • Can You Believe These Gorgeous Backpacks Are Actually Diaper Bags?!

    Can You Believe These Gorgeous Backpacks Are Actually Diaper Bags?!

    Style

    6 days

  • Alert: These Are The Last Days To Ship Gifts For Christmas This Year (Don't Wait Too Long!)

    Alert: These Are The Last Days To Ship Gifts For Christmas This Year (Don't Wait Too Long!)

    Shop

    6 days

  • The One Skincare Product You Should Never Use After Working Out, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Skincare Product You Should Never Use After Working Out, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    today

  • The One Hair Gel You Should Stop Using, According To Experts

    The One Hair Gel You Should Stop Using, According To Experts

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The One Drugstore Deodorant You Should Start Using, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Drugstore Deodorant You Should Start Using, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The One Hair Brush You Should Stop Using For Thinning Hair, According To Experts

    The One Hair Brush You Should Stop Using For Thinning Hair, According To Experts

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The One Deodorant You Should Stop Using, According To Experts

    The One Deodorant You Should Stop Using, According To Experts

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Kylie Jenner’s Boobs Have Gotten HUGE, And We Love It!

    Kylie Jenner’s Boobs Have Gotten HUGE, And We Love It!

    Celebrity

    2 days

  • The One Beauty Trend That Will Be Out For 2018

    The One Beauty Trend That Will Be Out For 2018

    Beauty

    2 days

  • Kim Kardashian Is Being Accused Of Plagiarizing Designs For Her Kid's Clothing Line

    Kim Kardashian Is Being Accused Of Plagiarizing Designs For Her Kid's Clothing Line

    Celebrity

    2 days

  • Did Kourtney Kardashian Really Not Realize That Her Bra Was Showing Through Her Shirt?

    Did Kourtney Kardashian Really Not Realize That Her Bra Was Showing Through Her Shirt?

    Celebrity

    2 days

  • The One Vitamin You Should Take For Longer Hair, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Vitamin You Should Take For Longer Hair, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    2 days

  • 4 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should Eat For Sagging Skin, According To A Dermatologist

    4 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should Eat For Sagging Skin, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    2 days

  • Um, Did Kendall Jenner Not Realize That Her Outfit Was Completely See-Through On The Red Carpet?

    Um, Did Kendall Jenner Not Realize That Her Outfit Was Completely See-Through On The Red Carpet?

    Celebrity

    3 days

  • These Were Rihanna's Hottest Instagram Selfies Of 2017

    These Were Rihanna's Hottest Instagram Selfies Of 2017

    Beauty

    3 days

  • 4 Surprising Things That Are Ruining Your Skin, According To Dermatologists

    4 Surprising Things That Are Ruining Your Skin, According To Dermatologists

    Beauty

    5 days

  • 5 Cheap Natural Products Dermatologists Swear By For Sagging Skin

    5 Cheap Natural Products Dermatologists Swear By For Sagging Skin

    Beauty

    5 days

  • Who Does Meghan Markle Have to Curtsy to — and Who Will Bend and Bow to Her?

    Who Does Meghan Markle Have to Curtsy to — and Who Will Bend and Bow to Her?

    Celebrity

    6 days

  • Celebrities Who Have Been Honest About Their Past Drug Addictions—So Brave!

    Celebrities Who Have Been Honest About Their Past Drug Addictions—So Brave!

    Celebrity

    6 days

  • These Are The Best Collaborations You <em>Need</em> To Know About Now

    The Perfect Gifts For The Star Wars Fan Girl Or Boy On Your List

    Shop

    6 days

  • We've Got Swatches Of Too Faced's New Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette & They're Incredible!

    We've Got Swatches Of Too Faced's New Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette & They're Incredible!

    Beauty

    6 days

  • Upgrade Your Holiday 'Do With One Of These Stunning Party Hairstyles

    Upgrade Your Holiday 'Do With One Of These Stunning Party Hairstyles

    Beauty

    6 days

  • MAC x Jade Jagger Is Almost Here--And We've Got Swatches!

    MAC x Jade Jagger Is Almost Here--And We've Got Swatches!

    Beauty

    6 days

  • What Are The Best Plus Size Online Boutiques? Check Out Your New Favorite Stores Here!

    What Are The Best Plus Size Online Boutiques? Check Out Your New Favorite Stores Here!

    Style

    6 days