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Top 3 Tricks to Master the Art of Colored Eye Liner


Top 3 Tricks to Master the Art of Colored Eye Liner

It’s a year for colour in India’s fashion scene! Last year’s fashion season shattered a long trend of muted neutrals and black-and-white blocking with a return to the pop sensibilities of 1960’s Mumbai, and this season brought a wave of bright, dreamy colour the Times of India dubbed ice-cream pallets: lilac, mint, lemon yellow, and sherbet orange in a blend of citrusy and creamy colours.

On the catwalk, most designers chose neutral makeup or bold blacks to better showcase the colours of their designs, but this season’s bright palette has been making its way into makeup everywhere from India to Tokyo to LA. If you love this year’s bright lips and funky shadows, why not take your colour one step further, and try out a coloured eyeliner?

Coloured liner can be a challenging look to pull off. Many fashionable ladies shy away from it for fear of looking too alien, or worse, too fourteen-years-old. But with the right products and the right technique, you can make a coloured liner the centre of a show-stopping look perfect for festival season.

1. Pick Your Shades

The first step to a great coloured liner look is picking the right colour and product. It’s tempting to pair your liner with your outfit, but it’s much more important to make sure your makeup is a good compliment to your eyes and skin. What colour family should you base your look on? Start with your eye colour:
•    Green or hazel eyes: Pick a lavender or lilac shade to bring out the blue and green with a cool contrast
•    Blue or grey eyes: Bronze, gold, and copper metallics are your friend, especially if you have fair to light toned skin. Bronze and copper will add depth to your eyes and make your baby blues pop, especially if you choose a shade with pink undertones.
•    Brown eyes: You have the widest range of colours to choose from, and the deeper brown your eyes are, the more shades will compliment them! Start off with a blue or purple for an arresting contrast. 

Don’t be afraid to blend and experiment until you find exactly the shade you want. If you have a specific look in mind, try moving your search to an internet shop like Habbana to find a huge range of eyeliners online that may not be available in stores near you.

2. Keep it Simple

What’s the most common mistake when trying out coloured liner? According to fashion expert Anna Donahue, of the makeup blog 29 Secrets, it’s giving into the temptation to get too crazy. Make your coloured liner the focus of your look, and keep the rest of your makeup neutral or complimenting: save that bright coral lipstick and turquoise eyeshadow for another day. Stick to a simple eyeshadow: a nude foundation and a brown crease to add a little depth, and a swipe of mascara to lengthen your lashes, and that’s all you need. Keep your lips natural as well, with a bronze nude or gentle pink for a little shine. 

Put some thought into the outfit you want to pair with such a bright, bold makeup look too! Remember, black pairs well with everything, and it’ll make those bright colours pop. If you want to pair bright eyeliner with a colour, choose an outfit that’s a little darker than your liner, in a complimenting shade: a royal blue sari is the perfect pair for a light lavender liner.

3. Subtle Shimmers

Not ready to dive straight in to a full coloured liner look? Don’t worry, there are still lots of ways to bring a little subtle colour to your eyeline without a full coloured liner. Ritu Kumar rocked one of the most popular at Lakme fashion week, with a subtle gold shimmer layered just under her bottom liner. Selena Gomez wore the same look in teal on the red carpet just a few weeks later: a little bit of shimmer below the bottom lashes and at the corner of the eyes to brighten up your look.
You can also sneak in a coloured liner paired with a classic black or brown. Try a thin line right at the inner corner of your eyes, inside the water line, for a subtle pop you’ll have to look twice to notice. We love Maybelline’s Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner for fine, precision lines like this. If you’re easing into it, try lining just your upper lid in colour, with a dark lower lash line and black mascara for long, elegant lashes.

Final Words

In a season in love with colour, why not punch up an old makeup look with a coloured liner? It’s fresh, stylish, and likely to be one of the newest trends in the festival season. For eyes that will turn heads, give coloured liners a try.


  1. Great tips! I have dark brown eyes and green , blue are my personal favorites for my eyes :)

    September 2015 beauty favorites: L'Oreal, NYX and more !!

  2. Great tips. I love adding a subtle amount of shimmer - makes the eyes pop out.


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