Choosing Your Best Eyeliner Colors for Skin Tone


Choosing Your Best Eyeliner Colors for Skin Tone Makeup Artist using eyeliner color on a client
You’ll appreciate how working with your skin tone can bring more emphasis to your eyes.


The Fall/Winter 2016-2017 eyeliner trend will be heavy on the black, ringing eyes dramatically with unmistakable thickness to creating extra wings.  Though black is the universal shade of eyeliner that works for all, there always comes a time when you want to change the makeup look that you’re going for with one that is softer or just as bold through riveting color.  Therefore, a no-fail way to choose the best eyeliner colors is by selecting shades that compliment your skin tone rather than your eye color.

Here are simple basics to keep in mind for selecting the best eyeliner colors suited to your skin tone.  If you have fair skin with cool undertones, I suggest experimenting with dark gray or cool brown shades over warmer versions for a wonderful change of pace.   Metallic liners, whether silver or gold, also are fantastic for bringing some striking emphasis to your eyes in a unique way.

Fair to medium skin with warm undertones like mine look great with bronze, brighter navy to royal blues, eggplant, and deep green eyeliner colors.

Dark complexions never seem to go wrong with bright, more vivid blues and turquoise for some beautiful contrast as well as golds and bronze for playing up their skin.  These are the most flattering eyeliner colors that you might want to try.

The color wheel never disappoints.  I promise you that if you try these eyeliner color suggestions yourself, you will discover a striking way to bring out those gorgeous eyes!




  1. Amanda Sheley
    November 20, 2023 / 12:18 am

    I would like to know what color go well with a medium skin tone with neutral undertones?

    • Mary Balandiat
      November 20, 2023 / 10:38 am

      Hi Amanda,

      Bronze, brighter navy to royal blues, eggplant, and deep green eyeliner colors are all great choices. You may want to start with the navy or eggplant.

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