Eye Makeup

How to Use Colored Eyeliner for a Statement Look

Few things in the beauty world can instantly change your look more than a statement eye. Whether you opt for a traditional smoky eye or a more natural monochrome lid, nothing ties a look together quite like a simple swipe of eyeliner. And don’t assume that the eyeliner you use to pull everything together has to be black. A brightly colored eyeliner could be just what you need to complete your look!

Ready to rock a bright, boldly colored makeup look? Keep reading and get inspired to put down your brown and black eyeliner in favor of a more eye-popping hue.


Quick—take a peek in your makeup bag: What do you see? Chances are, loads of brown and black eyeliner pencils and pens. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but a few colorful options can surely help kick things up a notch. If you have the confidence to rock lipsticks and eye shadows in each and every color imaginable, why not do the same when it comes to eyeliner? Here are three reasons why we’re obsessed with colored eyeliner at the moment.

Reason #1: You can use a little…or a lot!

Whether you want to dip your toe into the colorful eyeliner pool or pair multiple colors together for a two-toned look, the outcome is sure to be nothing less than stunning. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Electric Blue. Run it along your upper lash line or add just a flick to the outer wing of your traditional black-lined look.

Reason #2: You can use it to quickly create a statement eye

Don’t have the time to perfectly blend a multi-tonal smoky eye? That doesn’t mean you can’t still rock a statement eye. Just swipe on the colored eyeliner of your choice and you’re good to go.

Reason #3: It looks gorgeous when paired with a nude lip

When it comes to accentuating your eyes with colorful eyeliner, you don’t want it to compete with your lipstick. Sure, a bright bold lip is awesome, but it’s usually best to pair colored eyeliner with something a little more neutral so that your eyes can be the focal point of your face. Try the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick.


Below, we’re sharing two of our favorite ways to pull off colored eyeliner. Give one—or both—a shot for your next night out.

Look #1: COLORFUL Two-toned EYE

Not ready to say goodbye to your beloved black liner but tempted to try a more colorful look? We have a feeling this two-toned, two-step look will quickly become one of your go-tos. Follow along!

Step 1. Start with black eyeliner

To begin, line your eyes as you normally would with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party, making sure to keep your line as smooth and straight as possible—remember to stay close to your lash line!

Step 2. Layer it with the color of your choice

Directly above your black line, create another tight line, this time using a vibrant hue. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Intrepid Teal.

Editor’s option: Another option for playing with two shades? Line your upper lash line with your fun color (a cobalt blue is always beautiful) and stick with black liner on your waterline.


Who says colored eyeliner has to be confined to your upper lash line? There’s no better time to take a makeup risk! So, go ahead and add some pizzazz to your lower lash line. Here’s how to get the look.

Step 1. Start with primer

Dab a little bit of primer onto the area before reaching for your eyeliner to help prevent smudging.

Step 2. Apply your eyeliner

With so many color options, how are you supposed to know which one will look the most flattering on you? Well, if you pick an eyeliner shade that complements your eye color, that can make all the difference. If you have brown eyes, try using a green eyeliner, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Wild Green. If you have green eyes, accentuate your gorgeous color with purple underliner done with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Purple. If you have blue eyes, go for the gold and line your eyes using the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Gold. Whatever color you choose, smudge it along your lower lash line and voila! Who knew adding a touch of color to your face could make such an impact?

Next up: We have another colorful eye makeup look on deck! Here’s How to Create a Rainbow Eyeshadow Look.