The Best Colored Eyeliners, Hands-Down

December 31, 2019
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | by L'Oréal
The Best Colored Eyeliners, Hands-Down

When it comes to eyeliner, color is the new black. This year has shown us that adding a pop of color to your lid is an easy way to elevate your classic cat eye. From negative space details and graphic designs to neon shades and color blocked looks, colored liner is having a mega moment. So, in the spirit of risk taking, put down your trusted black liner and give a colored shade a go. To help you pick the right pencil, liquid or gel for long-lasting, smudge-free glam, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites in every color ahead. 


Orange Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Lucky

Two of our favorite things: metallic finishes and burnt orange hues. Thankfully, we’re in luck because this Urban Decay pencil is serving up both. The waterproof formula is super creamy but still long-lasting. It’s the perfect pick if you want to add some spice to your look, but aren’t ready for a bright, neon shade. Baby steps, you guys. 

Blue: NYX Professional Makeup Retractable Eyeliner in Deep Blue

Enter the epitome of the colored liner trend: deep blue. It’s the ultimate jewel-toned, eye-catching hue that channels the cool-girl vibe. If you’re feeling adventurous, you should 100 percent go all-in with a blue, graphic eye. We love the negative space look or even a striped design

Gold Eyeliner: YSL Couture Liquid Eyeliner in Daring Bronze 

Hi, yes, just to clarify, gold is basically a nude, right? Seriously though, this shimmery bronze shade is an A+ colored liner, especially if your timid about hopping on board with this trend. Whether you’re opting for a baby cat eye or a more graphic design, this liquid liner maximizes precision and intensity for a look that effortless brings you from day to night. 

Purple: Maybelline TattooStudio Gel Pencil in Rich Amethyst

No joke, this color is insane — in the best way possible. It’s a highly pigmented, royal-inspired purple shade that upgrades your entire makeup look in just one swipe. Plus, the pencil is ridiculously easy-to-use, making it a must-have for eyeliner newbies. 

Rose Gold: L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Rose Gold 

If soft glam is more of your everyday vibe, L’Oréal Paris has your back. This rose gold shade will quickly become your new favorite liner in your beauty arsenal. It looks great on all skin tones and makes every eye color pop. In fact, this may just be our new go-to...

Deep Pink: Glossier Play Technogel Eye Pencil Colorslide in Critical Mass

Just because you have rosy undertones doesn’t mean you can’t rock a pink eyeliner. Case and point? The critical mass shade from Glossier. The magenta hue is surprisingly flattering. We love to pair it with shimmery, champagne shadow or do a funky wing and let the color stand on its own.  

Burgundy: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof 24 HR Eyeliner

A deep burgundy liner will warm up any look this winter. Whether you’re pairing it with an edgy, red eyeshadow look or with a red lip, this long-wear L’Oréal creamy pencil is a no-brainer addition to our colored eyeliner stash. 

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