Black eyeliner will always have a place in our feline flick-loving hearts, but there are so many other shades that can do wonderful things for your natural eye colour. Some intensify, some add a little rested sparkle, and some define the shape of your peepers – if you pick the right liner hue, that is.
So, we asked bareMinerals International Make-up Artist Sarah Jane Froom to decode the best liners for your eye colour. Your black kohl has met its match(es)…
Gigi’s blue eyes sparkle with bronze on the lids and a pale gold etched in the rims.
Froom recommends etching ‘anything with an orange undertone’ around blue and cool grey eyes, such as ‘browns, caramels, coppers and golds’. She explains: ‘Blue is opposite orange on the colour wheel which, when you follow colour theory, means the two are complimentary and will make eyes pop.’
TOP TIP: If copper and gold pencils don’t give the definition you crave, pop them in the inner corners. Then use a black liner to create some feline flicks.
Brown eyes can pull of any shade as demoed by Kerry and her flash of green liner
‘Women with brown eyes are very lucky,’ Froom says. ‘Because brown eyes feature flecks of many different colours, they can carry eye makeup in pretty much any shade.’ This means you can play with a full rainbow of liners or keep it simple: ‘I love a brown liner on a brown eye. It adds depth and definition without looking too heavily made up.’
TOP TIP: If you do use a brown eyeliner, apply it in the waterline. It’s far less harsh than black – therefore better at brightening – but still enhances the shape.
Purple liner and green eyes are a dreamy combo, Amber proves
Colour theory strikes again. ‘Red is opposite green on the colour wheel, so liners with red undertones – like plum, mauve or burgundy – will make green eyes stand out.’
TOP TIP: For those who fear reddish makeup will make their eyes look irritated, plump for purples and reds on the darker, almost-blackened spectrum, a la Amber Heard.
Copper eyeliner enhances the yellow tones in Sarah’s eyes
‘Because hazel eyes are made up of both brown and green undertones, you can choose which colour to intensify,’ says Froom. See the green flecks sparkle by tracing peepers with a steely grey or aubergine liner, or enhance the yellow accents around the iris with warm browns and metallic golds.
TOP TIP: Try a gold liquid liner on the upper lid and a cappuccino kohl in the waterline. The effect is dazzling.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk