Wearing colourful makeup can be a little daunting at times. None of us want to look like a 1980s blue eyeshadow and puffy shoulders diva, unless we’re heading to a costume party. Yet the whole point of makeup is not only to enhance your features but to also have a little fun in the process. So don’t shy away from trying colourful eyeliner because we know the 21 tricks to absolutely nailing this liner look, that’s modern and so easy for that splash of colour!
#1 Inner Corner Splash
Highlighting the inner corner of your eyes, the eye duct area, should be a part of your daily makeup regime as it really opens the eyes. Use this step as a chance to play with a bright but light colour like yellow. The lightness means the area is still brightened but also has a punchy rebellious element to it. The NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner (€7.75) has a longwear formula that’ll last day and night and maintain its bright colour.
#2 Lightning Bolt Liner
If you’re a fan of shimmer and glitter but don’t want to go overboard or risk looking too showy, then try out a thin line of shimmery liner along the upper lash line. If you pick a silver liner it’ll enhance the colour of your eyes no matter what colour yours naturally are. The Urban Decay ‘Heavy Metal’ Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion or Glamrock (€19) is perfection.
#3 All Over Cobalt
Create a hazy, electric eye look by slicking on a cobalt, shimmery liner and blending it out quickly before it sets. Don’t worry about perfecting it as this is supposed to be grungy and glam rock anyway!
#4 Aqua Liner Inner Eye
A simple pop of cobalt blue on the inner rim of the eye will really brighten the entire eye area. It even minimizes dark circles as the cool tones counteract any darkness right under it. If you have brown, hazel or green eyes, this will intensify the liner colour. It’ll also make blue eyes pop, so it’s a real all-rounder!
#5 Variation on a Smokey Eye
Incorporate your coloured liner into a dramatic eye look. Using two colours from the opposite side of the colour wheel, do a smokey eye in a vibrant colour and then line the upper eye with a brighter colour. A rust shadow with a turquoise liner really brings out the depth of colour in each other.
#6 Smudged White Eyeliner
While we usually opt for a deep black liner when doing a cat eye or lining the upper eye area, the exact opposite colour actually works just as well in a different way. White liner also makes your eyes look more awake and even bigger! Smudge it out and bring it under the eye to exaggerate the wide eye look. The Maybelline Master Ink Eye Liner (€6.99) will easily do the trick.
#7 The Bold Colour Cat (Eye)
A bright splash of colour in a dramatic cat eye has that edgy ‘60s vibe that will make you feel like Edie Sedgwick from the Andy Warhol era. Keep it wearable and flattering by pairing it with low key lips and light foundation.
#8 Two Tones of Blue
Another great way to explore the world of coloured liner is by mixing two tones of the same colour family together. Two tones of blue give that sea goddess, moody look without being too much effort to recreate. Line the inner eye with a bright blue, bringing it into the inner corners and smudge out slightly. Then create a darker haze over the lids with a wash of navy liner and blend, blend, blend!
#9 Neon Liner Mini Cat Eye
If you really want to maximize the power of coloured liner, you have to go neon! Neon yellow or pink will turn those eyes into a piece of art. Doing a double cat eye is even more powerful and defining, just make sure you keep the neon on the top line as otherwise it will be swamped by the black liner and not stand out as much.
#10 Emerald Eyes
Really though, who doesn’t want emerald eyes? Emerald green can look sultry and soft at the same time, so even though it’s vivid it never looks harsh. Placing it on the lower lash line and lightly blend out to give that almond eye effect. The Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil (€18.20) is a great way to create this Aishwarya Rai inspo.
#11 Subtle Pastel Shimmer
Pastel shades are a mellow wear to colour during any Spring/Summer season, but it shouldn’t be limited to your clothing. A thick line of pastel pink or purple will give a babydoll look without being overly girly or glitzy.
#12 It’s Time For Lime Crime
A shocking strip of lime is a made for festivals and club nights. Keep the rest of your makeup fairly low key so the look isn’t overkill. The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cucumber (€6.60) is a good option to try out.
#13 Plum Lower Line
Plum shades not only warm up your natural eye colour but also brighten the under eye area and the whites of your eyes! Talk about multi-purpose. Pixi Lid & Line in Smokey Plum (€19.45) also has a smudger on one end to help give that.
#14 Metallic Crease Cut
A crease cut is already a pretty dramatic ‘80s eye look, but you can amp it up even more by doing the crease cut itself in a gold liner rather than a dark shade. It actually makes it softer in one way, but still has the drama given it’s a metallic shade and defines the eye shape just as well!
#15 On the Red Eye
It may seem counterproductive to use red around the eye as we usually associate red with aggravated eyes, but red liner will do nothing of the sort. A red liner will give you a fiery look à la Solange, bringing out the white of your eyes in contrast!
#16 Double Trouble
Blue and yellow are complimentary colours on the colour wheel as we know, so pairing them together in the same look is very striking. Line the upper lid in one colour and the lower in the other, letting them meet at either end.
#17 Loving Lavender
Think of lavender fields and ethereal fairies, a light yet intoxicating shade of purple will come to mind. Blend out a haze of lavender liner, bringing it down a fair bit on the lower lid to give that smouldering, magical look. Olivia Culpo had us in awe at the Oscars.
#18 Galaxy Eyes
Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow (€26.30) is a mix between an eyeliner and an eyeshadow, as the packaging has a doe foot applicator that’s thin enough to use to draw a delicate enough line. Get that other worldly, galaxy eye in one swipe!
#19 Baby Blues
It may seem like something from the ‘80s, but blue mascara is actually very wearable! Once paired with a fairly neutral or light shade on the lips, the blue mascara gives a pop of colour without taking over the entire look. The Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara in Excessive Blue (€21.20) is a quality formula that will give you fluttery lashes as well as playing with the colour trend.
#20 Tantalise Turquoise
Turquoise suggests clear seas in sunny destinations, so try it out this summer whether you’re lacking real sun or are lounging in a beachy destination. Pair a turquoise liner with a burnt orange eyeshadow to create a beautiful sunset look.
#21 Midnight Navy Blue
The Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Pencil (€25) has a deep blue/navy shade that will stay put all day without smudging or crumbling all over your face, even if you dance all night. Lining your entire eye in a navy and smoking it out is a great alternative to a smokey dramatic eye. Pair with layers of jet black voluminous mascara to stop it looking too ABBA!