I feel naked without mascara. It’s definitely one of my top 3 makeup must-haves (tinted moisturizer and under-eye concealer being the other two). Since most moms don’t have time for elaborate makeup routines, myself included, I’m always on the lookout for quick solutions to add interest and color like a great lipstick, inexpensive eyeliners, and one of summer’s biggest makeup trends, colored mascara. It’s inexpensive and hey, we all know how to put on mascara, right?
I have grayish blue eyes but when I wear green mascara, they suddenly appear pale green. That’s me wearing Gosh Cosmetics mascara in deep forest green. The photo is completely untouched or filtered and I’m wearing minimal, 30-second makeup.
Believe it or not, most colored mascara is very subtle, which means you can wear it anywhere without looking overdone. If you find a shade that complements your eye color, it’s barely noticeable but has a big impact on your overall look. Purple, green, navy, and burgundy are surprisingly neutral and pair well with most eye colors. Try a pink or yellow shade if you want to go bold and stand out. You don’t even have to wear full eye makeup; just throw on a coat or two, and you’re good to go!
Have you ever tried a mascara color other than traditional black or brown? Here’s a round up of the best colored mascaras to turn up the volume and make your eyes really stand out:
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Click through for 10 of the best colored mascaras to really make your eyes POP!
Maybelline Great Lash Limited Edition, $7 2 of 11
Available in limited edition, Great Lash comes in six fun shades: Green With Envy, I See Blue, So Very Berry, Teal Appeal, Vision in Violet, and Wink of Pink. The colored formula is receiving rave reviews, so snatch yours at mass retailers while you still can!
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara, $30 3 of 11
Channel your inner supermodel and make a BOLD statement with Chanel's waterproof mascara, available in limited hues like Zest and Aqua Blue. Get it here.
Almay Intense I-Color Mascara, $8 4 of 11
Another great budget buy, Almay's formula comes in plum for brown eyes, midnight for hazel eyes, mocha for green eyes, and my favorite, sapphire for blue. Get it here.
‘Diorshow – Iconic Overcurl’ Mascara, $29 5 of 11
Diorshow in Overblue 264 is a rich dark blue that's subtle but adds an unexpected burst of color. Perfect for the the tentative colored-mascara wearer. Get it here.
benefit BADgal Plum Mascara, $19 6 of 11
If you wear brown mascara, which is less harsh on lighter eyes, swap it out for this deep plum shade to warm up your lashes and highlight your eye color. Get it here.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash, $23 7 of 11
A Sephora exclusive, the ultra-pigmented Smoky Lash formula comes in green, dark blue, and plum to enhance and curl lashes. Get it here.
Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS Luxurious Mascara, $30 8 of 11
Achieve an intense, dramatic lash look in a single stroke, with Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS Luxurious Mascara in perfect fall colors like Fascinating Violet and Burgundy. Get it here.
COVERGIRL Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Mascara, $9 9 of 11
On the subtle end of the spectrum, this budget buy comes in black sapphire for blue eyes, black pearl for brown, black ruby for green, and black gold for hazel. Light-reflecting metallics and a hint of tint make your eye color really stand out. Get it here.
Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Hypercolor’ Brow Gel & Mascara, $18 10 of 11
If there's anyone who knows how to make eyes pop, it's Anastasia, brow tamer to the stars. Her colored brow gels add a flash of intense color to your brows and double as a curling mascara for ultra-bright lashes. Get it here.
Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Waterproof Mascara in Purple Velvet $32 11 of 11
This four-in-one waterproof mascara creates volume, curl, and a subtle pop of deep purple with this rich purple velvet color. Get it here.
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