How to Choose Eyeliner that Matches your Skin Tone

When it comes to cosmetics, there are few things more fun than eye make-up. There are so many rich, bold colors of shadows, mascara, and eyeliners that choosing your colors is a fun process that can leave you looking beautiful.

Choosing the right eyeliner, though, is not always an easy task. You do not have to consider only matching or complementing the color of your eyes, your hair color and skin tone should be taken into consideration as well. It can sometimes be a little difficult to find eyeliner that matches your eyes, hair, and skin all at once, but don’t worry, it can be done!

Choosing the Right Eyeliner

Selecting the right eyeliner used to be easy: after all, not so long ago your choices were pretty much limited to brown and black. In the 80s and 90s, the selection began to expand fairly rapidly, with the bright greens and electric blues of the 1980s, and the more subtle grays and olive tones of the 1990s, finally there was some choice (even if some of us look back on those 1980s colors with more horror than fondness!).

Whenever there is that much of a choice to be made, it can be difficult to sort through the vast selection. Making the right decision is very important. You want to look your best! When you have to choose between black, dark brown, light brown, taupe, blues, greens, grey, peach, yellow, and even white, it is definitely much more complicated than it used to be to choose the right eyeliner.

It is now possible to choose an eyeliner color that matches, complements, and enhances your natural skin tone, no matter what tone that might be. The eyeliners of the new millennium are richly colored, from soft and subtle to knock-’em-dead shock the world!

How do you choose the right eyeliner for your skin tone? The key is to choose a color that looks good with your eye color as well as your skin tone, and don’t forget to take into account what’s appropriate for the time of day and the purpose of your make-up. The blackest of blacks is not entirely suitable for day-wear at work, but it is perfect for the sexy smoky-eyed look you want for the glamour of a night on the town.

Dark skin, hair, and eyes: This may be the perfect look for rich black eyeliner, with the strong coloring to pull it off and make it look fantastic. Depending on the tone of your skin, deep purple, plum, or olive eyeliner could work too.

Light or pale skin, with dark hair and eyes: Black eyeliner can work for this look too, but for day-time or work wear, dark brown is usually more appropriate, and looks great too. For after-hours glamour, try rich shades of plum or midnight blue to enhance your eye color, or choose basic black for that sexy smoky eye.

Pale skin, red hair: A redhead who has darker coloring may be able to wear black eyeliner, but often this is simply too harsh, even at night. Browns can work well, particularly rich red-brown for a redhead with darker skin tones. If your skin tends towards the paler end of the spectrum, smoky gray eyeliner is often a great color to complement your hair and skin tones.

Pale skin, blonde or light brown hair: If your coloring tends towards the very light end of the spectrum, even brown eyeliner can often appear too harsh, and black is usually a definite no-no, even at night. Choose grays and very light browns for a soft and subtle look, and for something dramatically different, try E.L.F. Eye Widener, a soft white pencil that instantly awakens tired eyes and freshens up your look.

Eyeliner Tips and Tricks

* Brighten up your eyes and create a fresh look with eyeliner that’s a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone. This creates a subtle but very effective look that can brighten up your entire look, and it’s great for those days where you don’t want lack of sleep to show up on your face! E.L.F. Brightening Eyeliner, available in Black, Coffee, Midnight, Ash, Gilded, and Plum, is perfect for the task.

* Create a deeply dramatic look in any color with E.L.F. Liquid Eyeliner. Available in rich shades of Coffee, Black, Midnight, Ash, and Plum, virtually every skin tone is covered.

* E.L.F. Waterproof Eyeliner, available in all the same gorgeous shades, is perfect for those times where you don’t want moisture ruining your look. This no-smudge eyeliner is applied with a “pen” that makes it easy to achieve a sleek and sophisticated look that won’t disappear in the rain!

Jennifer Bailey is a freelance writer who writes about style, beauty and fashion, often focusing on a specific product such as eyeliner.

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