How to Wear Colored Eyeliner at Every Age

How to Wear Colored Eyeliner at Every Age - Make It Better

Think you can’t wear colored eyeliner without looking like a teenager? Think again! Many celebrity makeup artists prefer a colored liner to a neutral because, when used correctly, it makes the eyes really pop. Try deep purple, navy, bronze or copper liner with a little bit of blending to create a beautiful smoky eye. Here’s how to wear the trend at every age.

To apply, use a pencil as a base to get the right line, making sure to follow closely along the upper lash line. Then, layer a liquid liner over the pencil line to keep the eyeliner from smudging. Next, apply your shadow and blend it into the liner line. The blended colors create shading that is more flattering than a single straight-across line. Finish with a few coats of mascara to really set the look.


In your 20s you can get away with a bolder look. Want to try an electric blue liner on top? Go for it! Just pair it with a more neutral lip and natural blush. Try playing around with different colors to find the shade that works best with your eye color and skin tone.


Choose a color liner that compliments your eyes. For example, Olivia Wilde’s makeup artist consistently uses purple eyeliner to make her green eyes really stand out. Try Wilde’s favorite, Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eyeliner. Brown, copper, gold and rust make blue eyes brighter. Violet and bronze accentuate green eyes. Navy and amber makes brown eyes pop and dark green and gold are gorgeous on hazel eyes.


Since your eyes become drier as you age, you’ll want to choose an eyeliner that has some staying power like a waterproof option. In the summer, bronze liner complements a tan while winter weather calls for deep purple or dark green. Make sure to moisturize eyes prior to applying makeup and follow with an eye base or concealer before you apply your shadow and eyeliner.

50s and beyond

Don’t shy away from color — just keep it more subdued. Consider navy or dark plum which create a softer look than basic black. Many makeup artists like to layer a colored liner over a typical black or brown liner and blend it with a brush. Combining a neutral with a color will make the look less harsh.

For brown eyes, try: Iman Perfect Eyeshadow Pencil in Forbidden or Too Faced Perfect Eyes Eyeliner in Dark Navy

For blue eyes, try: Rimmel Exaggerate Smoke’n Shine Eyeliner in Copper Bling or Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Chocolate Brown

For green eyes, try: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Violet Ink or Bronze Ink

For hazel eyes, try: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Crayon in Everlasting Gold or Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Emerald Green

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