To me, colored mascara always seemed like something that should be left in the ’90s. The idea of having purple or blue lashes seemed too taboo, and I worried that it would garner some strange looks. However, at a launch party for Fiona Stiles’s new eponymous makeup line, she told us that her husband, who doesn’t dole out compliments frequently (her words, not mine), was gushing over how pretty her green eyes looked underneath a set of dark purple lashes (the result of her Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara, $16, which is a MUST, you guys). Having green eyes myself, I decided to give the formula a try, and my own S.O. gave me a sweet compliment. Ladies, perhaps we’ve found the key to the castle.
Clearly, my aversion to colored mascara was totally unwarranted. Daniel Martin, makeup artist to Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba, and countless other celebs, speaks highly of pigmented formulas. “I love colored mascara because you can really make it interesting by keeping it the sole focus of the eyes. The key to popping the color is using a white mascara primer before using your colored mascara. Diorshow 3D lash primer ($30) is great and compatible with any colored mascara.”
Keep scrolling to find the right mascara hue for your eye color!
Brown eyes will benefit from a flash of blue on the lashes. Gold tones and bronzey hues will also help brown irises to pop.
If you have hazel eyes, try swiping on a mascara with a reddish tone like a burgundy or maroon.
This mascara is labeled “Burgundy,” but I’ve found it to be more of a deep purple, a perfect color for accentuating both green and hazel eyes. Any variation of purple will make green eyes look incredibly vibrant.
Brown mascara may not seem very exciting or vibrant, but it’s a great complement to blue eyes since the undertones bring out a blue hue more so than your run-of-the-mill black formula. Bronze tones will also make baby blues look even more striking.
Have you ever tried a colored mascara? What’s your favorite hue? Sound off below!