I’m an eye liner girl. I have an entire drawer of eye liner — and it is not a small drawer. While I have plenty of black and brown eye liner, most of my collection are alternative shades. I have silvers and golds, dark greens and every shade of blue. I have champagne shimmer liners to use as a highlighter (Stila Angelfish is my favorite of those) and so many purple eye liners that I should be ashamed of myself.
Why do I have so many colors of eye liner? Using an eye liner that is dark but not quite black can take away the harshness but add a little much needed depth to an eye look! Sometimes a little eye liner is also a great eye shadow base, like in my green shimmer eye shadow look. Or, the liner can be the basis of an entire look, like the bright teal that I’m dying to create an eye look around (Urban Decay Electric).
I dug through my liner drawer and pulled out some of my best eye liners that are not black! All of these shades are currently available and will be a great choice to punch up your next smokey eye look. My favorite liners are from Make Up For Ever, Urban Decay, Stila and CoverGirl. I’ve found great shades as well from Elizabeth Arden, Pixi, Laura Mercier and L’Oreal. You’ll find great options at nearly every price point, just be sure to look for something other than black!