Wearing brightly colored mascara is usually a lot of look, but it doesn't have to be. The newest varieties have just a hint of tint, adding depth and dimension without overpowering your lashes with color. They work by adding colored pigments to a dark base, which can play up your eye color without making you look like an extra in The Warriors.
Interested in adding a little color? To find out which mascara is right for your eyes,
If your eyes are brown: Make the color stand out by using a dark blue mascara, such as Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending mascara ($20) in Midnight.
If your eyes are green: Look for a mascara with plum undertones to bring out your eye color. Benefit BADgal Plum ($19) is subtle enough that you could wear it to even a conservative office.
If your eyes are hazel: Makeup artist Pat McGrath used Cover Girl ExactEyelights at the Spring 2009 Anna Sui show. Available in four shades, each uses small metallic pigments to reflect light and emphasize the eye color. Black Gold ($8.95) is gorgeous on hazel eyes.
If your eyes are blue: Look for a brown or copper-toned mascara to highlight blue irises. I'm a fan of Exceptionnel de Chanel mascara ($28) in Smoky Brun; the tri-sided wand does a great job of separating lashes and creating volume, and the black-brown color is very sultry.