Eyeliner Colors to Make Your Eyes Pop

Welcome to the last class in my Eye Liner 101 Series Class! I hope you are enjoying my tips on mastering eye liner, and feeling more confident in your own eyeliner skills. (If you missed my first 2 classes, 5 Tips To Perfect Eyeliner and The Dish on Different Types of Eyeliner, you can catch up here).

Today’s class is all about bringing out the sparkle in your eyes by wearing the best eye liner shades for your eye color.

When it comes to what shadow and liner colors you should wear for different eye colors, I always say you should wear what you like. The days of the “makeup rules” and there being one perfect shade for your eye color, skin tone, lips, etc are over. My personal philosophy is you should wear what you like and what makes you feel good.

That being said, there are certain colors that will bring out your eyes more or look fantastic on your lips. So think of this as a guide to colors that can intensify your natural eye color and make you look even more beautiful. Or it might even be just new colors to try out for a bold new look.

Blue Eyes:

When it comes to blue eyes, wearing shades that contrast with your blue eyes can really make them stand out. If you look at an artist’s color wheel, the color opposite of blue is orange. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and try to find an orange eye liner to make your blue eyes pretty! Think about wearing warm browns and coppers, and golds to bring out the blue. A dark navy blue or charcoal grey can also make them pop.

Melissa’s Favorites: MAC’s Eye Kohl in Teddy or Costa Riche, Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in French Navy.

Green Eyes:

For green eyes, using contrasting shades again will make green eyes look even greener. Since red compliments green on the color wheel, using liners that have reddish undertones will really make green eyes stand out. I love using plums or warm purples or bronzes on green eyes. A rich brown or black is always a good choice too.

Melissa’s Favorites: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown (Out), MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella, or Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Violet.

Brown Eyes:

I personally always feel like brown eyes look good in any color, but maybe I’m biased because my eyes are brown. My favorite colors to bring out the golden flecks in brown eyes are warm browns and navy or midnight blues. I also think plums and turquoises are pretty fabulous too with brown eyes. If you have medium to light brown eyes, rimming them with black in the inside can also make them look more amber.

Melissa’s favorites: MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto-de-blu, Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Penny Lane, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer, and Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Turqoise.

Hazel Eyes:

Hazel eyes are fun to play with color, since different colored liners can bring out more of the green tones or brown tones. To bring out more of the green in hazel eyes, wear burgundy and purple tones. Emerald liners can also bring out more of the green. To make hazel eyes look more earthy, wear warm browns or olive colors.

Melissa’s favorites: Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Forest Green, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Ro (Cocoa), MAC Fluidline in Macroviolet, and MAC Power Point Eye Pencil in Forever Green.

Hooray! Congratulations! Now that my 3 class series on Eyeliner 101 is over, you can consider yourself an eye liner expert! I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. What was your favorite trick that you learned? What tip made you feel more confident when doing your eye makeup? Leave me a comment below!