An Eye for an Eye(liner): Choosing the Best Eyeliner for You

Hey beauties! Makeup is a complicated thing, especially when it comes to finding the right colors to make your natural beauty pop. Sadly, college students don’t really have that much time to experiment with their makeup or apply more than eyeliner and some foundation. Luckily, only having time for eyeliner doesn’t mean you can’t make your eyes pop in a matter of seconds!

When choosing an eyeliner color, many girls just grab anything that says “blackest black” and move on. Black is flattering for any eye color, but if you’re really looking for something that is going to make your eyes sparkle, pay close attention to your eye color. Rule of thumb: Don’t use a color of eyeliner or eye shadow that matches your natural eye color. For example, if you have brown eyes, using brown eyeliner will take away from the natural beauty of your iris.

Are you working with beautiful blue eyes? Try a brown or golden color of eyeliner. These colors will make the blue pop. If you’re looking for a dark look for a night out, try a violet eyeliner/eye shadow scheme. Gray also looks really good against light blue eyes. If you really want to wear a blue eyeliner or eye shadow, make sure that it is at least a shade darker that your natural eye color. This way your eyes will still stand out.


Are you rocking green or hazel eyes? Try these colors on for size! Purple or brown will make your eyes pop like never before. The contrast of the purple against the green is hard to miss. Hazel eyes are fun to play with, because of all the underlying colors they have. Hazel eyes can be more golden or browner. Either way, bronze or purple eyeliners and eye shadows are essential for perfecting your look.


Are you a brown-eyed beauty? You’re lucky! Brown eyes are the easiest to accent. Generally, you can get away with any color you want and your eyes will still look bangin’. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, try a bright green color or a copper liner. Green liner or shadow isn’t common, so it’s definitely noticeable.

Tips for every eye color:

·         If you want brighter eyes, avoid putting eyeliner on your bottom lash line. This gives your eyes a more widened look. Apply concealer and powder over bags or dark marks instead.

·         Adding sparkle to eye makeup can make any color pop. Adding a little glitz adds fun to your look while giving you that extra pop you’ve been looking for.

·         Mess up your eyeliner and don’t want to start all over again? Use a Q-tip with a little bit of makeup remover on it to erase any stubborn smudges.

·         Always use an eye primer. It will help your makeup stay on throughout the day and usually help brighten the colors of the eyeliner or eye shadow you are using.

·         Sometimes it’s best to splurge on eyeliner. Some cheap brands smudge or run easily. For a solid black eyeliner that will never let you down, try “They’re Real Push-Up Gel Liner” by benefit at Sephora. This will run you about $24, but it lasts forever, and does not move.

·         Not into splurging? Try e.l.f. liquid eyeliners. They are $1 and come in a variety of colors. You can find them at Walmart in the cosmetic department or online at

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Love & Lipstick,