These 10 Eyeliners Are Makeup Artist Approved and Perfect For Blue Eyes
Eyeliner was invented to accentuate and bring focus to the wearer's eye color. When that eye color is blue, the right liner can make things truly pop. If you're a blue-eyed makeup wearer, browns and golds are your most obvious choice, as warmer tones make cool ones appear brighter. Although smoky eyes don't work for everyone, if drama is what you are after, blacks and smoky grays rimmed in the waterline will offer the most contrast. Colored liner on blue eyes often works, too, as blues and plums give a softer, less severe look while complementing the different tones of the eyes.
I'm a makeup artist, and when I have a blue-eyed client who lets me craft a look of my choice, I love to create one that will make her eyes look crystal clear and piercing. Here are my top 10 favorite liners.
Laura Mercier Inner Eye Definer in Stormy Grey
The Laura Mercier Stormy Grey Inner Eye Definer ($25) is the perfect shade of blue-gray. These pencils are a staple in my makeup because the texture is so soft and can easily be smudged and smoked at the lash line for the perfect sexy eye look.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Roach
Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Roach ($20) is an industry favorite. Any brown liner is an easy go-to for blue-eyed beauties, but I love this warm, sparkly liner in particular since it stays on forever and draws literal gold flecks onto your lids.
Maybelline Master Kajal Liner in Onyx Rush
I love when a client with blue eyes asks for a dramatic look, because then I know I can use one of my favorite eyeliners to create sultry drama. The Maybelline Eye Studio Master Kajal Liner in Onyx Rush ($5) is the perfect product for lining the upper and lower waterline because it is completely waterproof — unlike other kajals on the market. I love the cone shape and the creamy, soft texture that makes lining blue eyes effortless.
NYX Faux Whites Eye Brightener in Linen
A great makeup artist trick is to use light-colored liner to brighten the whites of the eyes, which creates a more awake look. NYX Faux Whites Eye Brightener in Linen ($8) is an inexpensive option to use on the inner lash line to brighten blue eyes in seconds. I love this shade because unlike other "white" eyeliners, this tone is more fleshy and doesn't scream, "I have white eyeliner on!"
Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner in Arabian Nights
The Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner in Arabian Nights ($29) is an intensely pigmented liner that goes on beautifully around blue eyes so you twinkle. Blue against blue will make the color look much more intense. This shade is the absolute perfect shade to get the job done — it isn't too bright, and it has a bit of sparkle that accentuates the lash line for a glamorous evening look.
Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black
There is no better way to accent blue eyes than with dramatic black liner. Blue eyes look their most crystal when surrounded by intensity. As a bridal makeup artist, I love the Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black ($22) because the fine tip allows me to create a precise tight line on the upper lashes and also dramatic winged looks. The most important thing about this particular liner is that I know it will last all day.
Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia
Copper and gold tones make blue eyes become more piercing and clear. The Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia ($26) is the most gorgeous copper-brown shade that pairs beautifully on top of black-rimmed eyes to really pop those baby blues.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Plum
When choosing purple liners for blue eyes, I am always careful to choose deep plum and wine tones. Pastels or lilac shades against blue will look dated and won't help to pop the eye color. I love Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Plum ($21) because it is completely waterproof and the red tones in the plum shade contrast against blue eyes.
It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner in Silk Taupe
The It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner in Silk Taupe ($22) is a cool, shimmery taupe that creates a soft, natural look for eyes that are bright blue. The liner formula won't move and goes on so softly that it won't irritate even when placed in the waterline.