Believe it or not …summer is here and to my mind it’s the perfect time to think about adding a little pop of colour to our makeup, in particular our eye makeup!

Let’s be honest here…. many of us have a tendency to stick with our tried and tested, good old reliable eye makeup look. For me, it’s black mascara and blue khol pencil day, night and everything in between. Recently, I’ve been seduced by some gorgeous coloured mascaras in peacock shades of blue, green, purple and even vibrant pink and while my heart will always belong to deep, dark and velvety black, I’ve started to use blue mascara on my outer lashes.

Many women that I’ve spoken to seem to have self limiting beliefs about makeup and what they can, can’t or shouldn’t wear over 30 or 40 …and one of those myths extends to coloured mascara ….WRONG….you can wear what you want, it’s all about what works for you and more importantly how you wear it!

One of the things that I love about coloured mascara is that it looks good on everyone ….there is a colour to suit you, and on dark skinned beauties the colours really pop!

Here are some tips:

Ideally coordinating your mascara with your eye colour is a good way to get started:

  • Brown eyes tend to look great with almost any colour, although blues really look fab.
  • Blue eyes really pop with pinkish/plum shades.
  • Green eyes look stunning with purple shades.
  • Grey eyes look pretty with pinks and purples.

If you don’t wish to go all the way with a brightly coloured mascara, why not try using your regular mascara and then apply your coloured mascara to the tips of your lashes.

For a more dramatic effect use your regular mascara and then use your coloured mascara on the outer lashes, flicking them outwards for a feline effect and then repeat on the lower outer lashes, again flicking them outwards.

You can apply your coloured mascara to your lower lashes alone, creating a contrast with your upper lashes. Or you can just go for it and coat your lashes completely in glorious colour!

Embrace the bold look and pair your coloured mascara with a contrasting eyeliner to create a real statement look. Have fun with it.

The rest of your makeup needs to compliment your eyes …my personal preference is for the rest of the makeup to be low key and polished, allowing your eyes to take centre stage and to avoid looking overdone.

Use a white primer mascara first to really make the colour pop.

Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer

L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara Primer

Here are some of our favourite coloured mascaras…

Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara


3INA The Color Mascara


KIKO Smart Colour Mascara