The Best Colored Mascara for Your Eye Color

November 20, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal

We’re all for making daring makeup choices — especially if all it takes is switching up something small in your eye makeup routine, like mascara. And while foregoing the typical black formula might sound intimidating, colored mascara can actually be quite complementary if you choose a color that goes well with your natural eye color.

“Skip eyeshadow and pair an electric colored mascara with a tight-lined matching liner for a graphic bold statement,” suggests Lancôme National Makeup Artist Alex Sanchez. His tips for achieving the look flawlessly? “Be sure to prime lashes first to maximize the wear and color payoff of the mascara. And for a more subtle look, apply color on the top lashes and keep the bottom lashes bare.” Ahead, find the best colored mascaras that match your eye color.

Best Colored Mascara for Brown Eyes: Maybelline New York Snapscara in Black Cherry

Brown eyes look great with a mascara that offsets their naturally warm undertones. Reach for a mascara with a cool undertone to really make brown eyes pop. We love purple for this, which is why Black Cherry is a go-to. It’s a deep violet that’s super pigmented and will instantly lift and brighten brown eyes.

Best Colored Mascara for Blue Eyes: NYX Professional Makeup Colored Mascara in Pink Petals

To really go out of the box, Sanchez recommends trying a hot pink or pink mascara. While Pink Petals may look intimidating, trust us when we say it’ll look gorgeous against your bright blue eyes.

Best Colored Mascara for Green Eyes: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Deep Green

Green eyes will pop with a green mascara because it enhances your eye color. We love the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Deep Green for this because it’s a subtle forest green color that will add just the right amount of attention while still looking really natural. 

Best Colored Mascara for Hazel Eyes: Lancôme Ombre Hypnose Stylo Shadow Stick in Monogold


A gold mascara is sometimes hard to come by — that’s why Sanchez recommends applying a shadow stick with a clean mascara wand. To brighten hazel eyes, try swiping on Lancôme Monogold to really make them sparkle.

Best Colored Mascara for Gray Eyes: YSL Beauty Vinyl Couture Mascara in I’m In Trouble

If you have gray eyes, you’ll want to play up those cool undertones with a blue or green mascara, and we love I’m In Trouble for this. It’s a bold royal blue that we simply can’t get enough of.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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