The Best Eyeliner Shades To Try When You're Sick of Brown or Black, According to Your Eye Color

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Eyeliner for Eye Color
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We get it: It's easy to fall into a boring eyeliner rut, especially when you finally find a black or brown pencil that smudges the exact way you like. But we're here to make the case that you may be missing out on some seriously swoon-worthy results if you limit yourself to just that. We talked with Achelle Richards, e.l.f. Global Artistic Director, about which neutral and colorful eyeliner shades are most flattering based on your eye color. And it's love at first sight.Here are the best eyeliners for your eye color.

If You Have Blue Eyes

CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Smoky Taupe
Sephora

Best Neutral: Taupey Brown

Even if you’re tempted to stick with dark brown, use a taupe or champagne to intensify your gaze.

TRY: Sephora Collection12hr Colorful Contour Eyeliner in "Flirting Game" ($10); sephora.com

If You Have Blue Eyes

Nyx Slide On Eye Pencil in Golden Bronze
Sephora

Most Flattering Color: Coppery Bronze

Have a metal moment: “Try contrasting colors that are opposite from blue on the color wheel like gold, copper, and peach, to help make the blue in the eyes brighter and bluer,” says Richards.

TRY: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Lucky” ($22); sephora.com

If You Have Brown Eyes

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Deep Navy
Colourpop

Best Neutral: Navy Blue

“Navy reads softer on brown eyes than black liner does since it picks up natural gold flecks in the eyes,” explains Richards.

TRY: Colourpop BFF Liquid Liner in “Crzy” ($8); colourpop.com

If You Have Brown Eyes

Revlon Photoready Kajal Matte Eye Pencil in Matte Marine
Ulta

Most Flattering Color: Bright Blues and Deep Reds

Brown-eyed girls have an advantage since a wide range of punchy colors (like green, amber, purple, and blue) play up their pupils. “If your brown eyes have flecks like blue or green in them, choose a liner in those complimentary colors to accentuate,” says Richards.

TRY: Urban Decay Naked Cherry 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Love Drug" ($22); ulta.com

If You Have Green Eyes

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Goldmine
Sephora

Best Neutral: Golden Brown

Go for the gold since it enhances lighter flecks in the eye and creates a brightening effect.

TRY: Milk Makeup Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in "Bonus" ($22); sephora.com

If You Have Green Eyes

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Punk Purple
Sephora

Most Flattering Color: Plum Purple

"Layering any of these colors on a black or brown eyeliner will also help neutralize the color for a softer effect,” says Richards.

TRY: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eyeliner in “Plum(Age) 60" ($25); sephora.com


If You Have Hazel Eyes

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Punk Purple
Ulta

Best Neutral: Golden Olive

Accentuate the golden glow of your hazel eyes with a gold-flecked olive green.

TRY: NYX Professional Makeup Slide On Eye Pencil in “Golden Olive" ($6); ulta.com

If You Have Hazel Eyes

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Punk Purple
Glossier

Most Flattering Color: Peach or Magenta

Create a push-and-pull effect with the green flecks in hazel eyes and peachy orange in this eyeliner color.

TRY: Glossier Colorslide in “Candyland" ($15); glossier.com


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