The notion of a single “best” liner shade for your eye color is as outdated as eating for your blood type. But certain shades can intensify your natural eye color and, in some cases, even change its appearance. Charlotte Tilbury, the makeup artist behind Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils, offers her colour theories.
For Blue Eyes
Contrasting shades bring out the eye color, so copper and gold make blue eyes appear even bluer. And when warm metallics pick up gold flashes in the iris, they really light up cool blue eyes. Dot just the inner corners, keep the liner tight to the lash line, or fill in the whole lid.
Other colours: Terra-cotta, champagne, navy
For Green Eyes
Red complements green on the color wheel, so pick shades with reddish undertones. Garnet, amethyst, and bronze are particularly dazzling on green eyes. However, they can make you look tired, especially if diffused into pinkness. Lining the lid in black first helps.
Other colours: Rust, mahogany, aubergine
For Brown Eyes
You can’t go wrong with earthy browns, but amber and midnight-blue tones emphasize the light flecks in brown eyes. If you’re not ready to commit to too much color, line just the waterlines. Rimming the eyes in dark blue gives the same effect as black in a less severe way.
Other colours: Mink gray, purple, cobalt
For Hazel Eyes
Emerald and gold bring out the green tones in hazel eyes and warm, neutral browns enhance their richness. Diffuse a green lineâ€”or a chocolate-brown one, depending on how colorful you want to goâ€”over the lid. Kick up the radiance with a touch of gold at the inner corner and the center of the lid.
Other colours: Bronze, olive, plum