How to Add a Pop of Color to Your Eye Makeup | 26 Looks to Try

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Multiple Pops of Color

One of the easiest ways to add pops of color is to the inner and outer portions of the eye area or as an eyeliner (either on the upper lash line or lower lash line). You’ll notice that there’s a trend in these looks: the color is on the inner and outer portion with more of a neutral shade between the two, which tends to ensure easier blending and brightens the eye overall.

Pop of Green

In my world, green is less of a color as it is a neutral (and frankly, pink and plum join it for me!), but I know it’s less neutral than tones of beige and brown so it can be a great introduction to adding a little more color to anyone’s eye makeup.

You can use a matte, olive green or forest green in the crease to create a smoky effect or a pop of emerald green on the lower lash line to brighten and add vibrancy! Olive greens tend to be closer to more traditional neutral shades, so for those more hesitant about exploring color, I’d start there.

Pop of Pink/Plum

In the last few years, there have been tons of pink and plum-hued palettes that have emerged, so it’s quite likely you have at least a few already in your stash that are waiting for you to play with them! If you’re concerned about enhancing the redness of the eye, try applying pink and plum tones as a crease color or just above the crease to diffuse out a deeper brown or taupe color. You can also lean toward plummy-browns or cooler pinks (almost like a warm lavender). You can also try using a soft pink as a transition shade (above your crease color).

Pop of Blue/Teal

Like greens, I think blue/teal can actually be easier to incorporate because they can be very striking with minimal product! They work well to darken any crease or to smoke out the lower lash line. You can opt for blackened teals or navy blues for something with less vibrancy but can still read “pop of color” if you’re uncertain.

Pop of Purple

Lavender can be a great shade for brightening the inner tearduct or a gentle spotlight on the center of the lid, and if it isn’t too white-based, it can have the effect of a pop of color without being like purple!purple!purple! Another way I like to incorporate purple is to apply it as a transition shade or into the crease (depending on depth and finish). Shimmery purples tend to be easier to diffuse and blend, so those are a nice place to start if it’s blending out the colors that is difficult for you normally!

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Your Linda Hallberg Enchanted Mysteries look is the sort of look I love – those murky neutrals livened up with the surprise of a bright shadow or liner under my lower lashes. These are all really fascinating looks. The ones I’ve clicked on because I like them are all from brands that I don’t have access to but I can make do with dupes, so thank you so much for these inspirations.

My pleasure, Mariella!

Sometimes, I find it hard NOT to add some pop of color on the lower lash line when wearing neutrals!

You do so many beautiful looks, and they really do inspire me to use what I already have, as well as to use color. Your combinations are stunning as always Christine!

This is awesome. There are tips for everyone here. I will definitely try out some of these mixed soft-pastel looks.

Christine, I realize how much work this post was, but I hope we see it more often. I just love it as a reference. Thank you.

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