Great Looks With Bright Eyeliner

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Great Looks With Bright Eyeliner
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Brown or black may be your go-to liner shade for everyday wear, but adding a touch of colored liner -- whether it's pink, purple, green or blue -- can be a refreshing change that brightens your look instantly. Too afraid to jump all in with a color-saturated liner? Start with a less intense shade, like navy blue or royal purple -- seen here on actress AnnaSophia Robb -- says Anna Phillips, Dallas-based makeup expert and founder of The Lash Lounge.

Fresh and Flawless
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Fresh and Flawless

Lining eyes with an intense shade is a foolproof way to capture everyone's attention, which means the application must be perfect. Liquid liners -- like the one actress Emmy Rossum wears to a movie screening in New York -- help create a flawless, long-lasting line, Phillips says. "If you're not a fan of liquid eyeliner or don't have a steady hand, use a pencil that comes with a correcting eraser," Phillips suggests.

Single Lady
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Single Lady

For a simple style that's easy to pull off -- and works well as an office or daytime look -- Phillips suggests going for a single colored line on the top lid. "Apply liner as close to the lash as possible, which allows the color to peek from behind the lashes and lessens the intensity," she explains. Go bolder by thickening the line, like singer Gwen Stefani does here at an event in New York.

Related: Anna Phillips: Makeup expert and owner, The Lash Lounge

Around the Rim
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Around the Rim

Amp up the wow factor of your colored eyeliner look by rimming the eyes with a single bright shade, like actress and singer Mandy Moore does here at an event in Los Angeles. If the look is too harsh for your taste, create a softer, smokier version by smudging both the upper and lower eyelid, suggests Jenny Satin, an Orlando, Fla.-based makeup artist.

Related: Jenny Satin: Makeup artist

The Bottom Line
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The Bottom Line

For an instantly edgy look, add a dose of brightly colored liner to the bottom lash line only, like model Bar Refaeli does here at an appearance in Los Angeles. To lighten the look, apply liner on just half of the lash line, starting from the outside corner, Phillips suggests. You can even make the look more dramatic by upping the intensity of the hue or thickening the line.

All Mixed Up
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All Mixed Up

Can't decide between a liner that's blue or purple, orange or pink? Make the decision simple by wearing two shades at once, like singer Kelly Rowland does here at an album launch in New York. "Pick two colors that complement one another, and apply one to the top lash line and the other to the bottom," Phillips advises.

Pop of Color
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Pop of Color

Whether you're testing out bright liner or just toning it down a bit, adding a bold hue to only the inner corners of your eyes "is a fun way to introduce color to your look and experiment with bright eyeliner without going all the way," Phillips says. Try a pastel shade -- like the icy blue actress Ginnifer Goodwin wears here at an event in New York -- to keep the look soft yet fierce.

The Perfect Match
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The Perfect Match

Every woman can pull off bright eyeliner, as long as she picks the right color for her skin tone and eye color. Greens and purples, like the look singer Keri Hilson wears here at the 2010 Grammy Awards, work well with most skin tones, as well as with brown and hazel eyes, Phillips says. Green eyes pop with blues and golds, while blue eyes look especially sexy in shades of orange, Satin explains.

Too Much of a Good Thing
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Too Much of a Good Thing

Bright eyeliner is a statement on its own, so keeping the rest of your look simple is key, Phillips says. She recommends steering clear of shimmery shadows, opting instead for a nude, tan or cream shadow, like actress Emily Blunt does here at the 2013 Met Gala. Satin says it's also smart to shy away from a color-intense lip shade when wearing bold liner.

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