No, it’s not black or brown!


Want to change up your look without too much effort? Trade in your brown or black eyeliner for a fun color instead. Choosing the right color is key to making eyes pop. We asked New York City makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes for the best hue for each eye color, so you don’t have to play trial and error on yourself.

Light (Grey, Blue, or Green Tones)

Hughes recommends wearing something with a red or warm undertone, like NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust ($4.50; Hughes says you can wear it just as you would your normal eyeliner, or layer it on top of a brown to sheer it out. Because red is across from blue and green on the color wheel, a subtle hint of it helps the other pop.


Since hazel is a hybrid of light and dark, Hughes says you can go any direction with your color choice, but notes that a green or a bronze hue is especially flattering to draw out the gold tones. The By Terry Stylo Blackstar No. 7 in Bronze Green ($30; covers both bases, is super creamy, and long-lasting (it's waterproof!).

Dark (Brown or Black)

If your eyes are a deep brown or black shade, Hughes recommends a jewel tone, like royal blue or aubergine. BareMinerals Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide Eyeliner in Eggplant ($17; does the trick. If you want to get creative, Hughes suggests trying a single dot of color on the inner or outer corner of your eye, or underneath your lower lashes. Pair it with your usually black eyeliner for just a pop of color that’s understated, but modern.