8 Ways to Wear Colored Mascara and Liner Every Day

8 Ways to Wear Colored Mascara and Liner Every Day

Check out eight tricks for wearing colored eyeliner or mascara for an everyday look.


By: Amber Katz

Does wearing a colored eyeliner or mascara sound intimidating? It doesn’t have to be. There are many easily accessible, bright mascara and liner options at your disposal this fall that are excellent alternatives to black or brown. These looks work with a medium to bold lip hue and natural blush. Check out the eight ways to wear colored mascara and liner every day.

1. One Color
This look is surprisingly simple: skip the shadow and choose your favorite shade (cobalt blue is mine) and use the same shade for upper and lower lash lines and lashes.

Tip: Rock a shadow primer on your lids to smooth, perfect and even skin tone for a bigger blue pop.

2. Half Moon Monotone
Want a subtler eye effect? Maroon shades make green eyes sparkle and look really pretty and slightly retro when applied on the top lashes only.

3. One Hue, Bottom Line
The return of neon, peplum and leggings are just some of the 1980s trends to come back around. I distinctly remember teal liner, just on the bottom lash line, trending in the late 1980s; modernize the look by pairing it with coordinating bottom lash mascara.

Tip: Use it to define the lower lash line, but then draw some vertically onto the bottom lashes to substitute as aqua mascara, before securing it with a layer of clear mascara — this acts as a top coat.

4. Smudged
The easiest route to a smoky stare? Just take a long-lasting eye pencil and smudge it with your fingers into your lash line, then pair it with a coordinating dark-colored mascara. My go-tos for this effect are hunter green or navy.

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5. Neon
Go for the glow with a hot green or blue hue on your lash line and lashes. For mega impact, rock both liner and mascara on the top and bottom lashes. 

6. Colored Cat-Eye
Use a long-lasting cream shadow that you can control and fashion a cat-eye by applying it all over the lid, then clean up the edges using a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover.

Tip: Try eye shadow stencils for a perfect application on the first try.

7. Contrasting Colors
Opt for shades opposite on the color wheel, like purple and green or cobalt with orangey bronze.

8. Multiple Shades Of The Same Hue
Want an ombre ocular effect? Pair liners and eye shadows in similar shades like: violet, plum and bright purple; hunter, kelly and mint green; or navy, turquoise and teal.

What's your go-to eyeliner and mascara style?



Amber is a freelance writer and the founder of Beauty Blogging Junkie, a
 hilarious pop-culture infused beauty blog that covers everything from eye shadow to hairspray. Amber has written for Instyle.com, MTV.com's Buzzworthy blog, New York Press and Girlfriend Getaways magazine.

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