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Wear Coloured Eyeliner Without Looking Like a Clown

Mar 26, 2018

Who doesn’t love the coloured-eyeliner trend? After seeing models looking impossibly chic in every shade under the sun, it’s tempting to hop on the trend.

Sadly, it’s all too easy to end up looking like a crazy clown or a little girl who got into her mum’s makeup. Fortunately, anyone can look amazing in coloured eyeliner with the right tips and tricks! Here’s how.


Wear Coloured Eyeliner Without Looking Like a Clown


Pick Your Coloured Eyeliner Wisely

Not every colour is going to suit you. You need to pick the hue that works best for you.

  • If you have brown eyes, look for violet, lavender, pink, turquoise, aqua, and golden shades.

  • If you have blue eyes, go for bronze, rust, and other shades with orange undertones.

  • For green eyes, try rich jewel tones.

  • Have hazel eyes? Make them pop with emerald or amethyst.

Decide on a Liner Type

The type of eyeliner you choose makes a major difference in the application and final look. If you're a beginner, go for a pencil. The gorgeous shades of Dr. Hauschka Kajal Eyeliner are perfect for newbies working to perfect their eyeliner game.

Liquids give you the most dramatic look but are the trickiest to work with, since you’ll need a really steady hand. Pens can be a great alternative, since they dry faster and are less likely to smudge. Pros love gels because they glide on smoothly and contain intense pigments for a dark or rich look.

Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference. Try experimenting with a few different liquids, pens, and gels until you find the form you're most comfortable using.


Wear Coloured Eyeliner Without Looking Like a Clown


Get Close to Your Lashes

The key to getting a professional look is to get as close as possible to your lash line. Work in small strokes to be sure that there are no gaps between your lash line and your liner.

If you're using an eyeliner brush, go for one of excellent quality like Benefit Hard Angle Definer Brush. A stiff brush makes it infinitely easier to control your lines.

Give Your Eyes the Spotlight

The fastest way to make your colourful eyeliner look silly is to go for a bright over-all makeup look. Pairing an emerald eyeliner with a ruby lip is going to overwhelm your face. When you wear a bold eyeliner, keep the rest of your look simple. Think natural brows, understated lips, and a simple hairstyle.

And while you don’t have to wear head-to-toe grey, be sure your outfit isn’t too matchy-matchy. A bold turquoise dress with aqua liner will look more like a costume than a chic ensemble. Instead, contrasting hues in lighter values make the most flattering 'match' for bold eyeliners.

Start with Dark Liner

Not feeling confident with your colourful eyeliner? Try a darker shade. If you don’t like the look of your gold liner, opt for chocolate brown with gold flecks. Not into the aqua look? Try deep teal. Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner comes in a great selection of easy-to-wear hues and neutrals that suit every eye colour.