13 Colored Mascaras That Could Replace Black Mascara
When we think of mascara, we usually think of black, black and more black. There’s a reason why black mascara is available in countless shades. You can find light black, deep black and blackest black. But black is far from your only option. There are many other colors that equally deserve a spot in your makeup bag.
You probably notice the brown and navy shades when you pick up your favorite black mascara, but you can find almost every color of the rainbow. Purple, green and blue are popular options, but you can also get gold and red colored mascaras.
A colored mascara can seem intimidating when you’re used to your tried-and-true black, but colored mascaras are actually more wearable than most bold eyeshadows or liners. What’s more, when you’re wearing a colored mascara, you don’t really need anything else to enhance your eyes. Just a swipe on your lashes is enough to make them pop. Take a look at the colored mascaras you can try besides your beloved black.
#1 Starting Swipe
Putting down your black mascara can be hard, so a rich burgundy mascara is a brilliant place to start. It’s more dynamic than black, but still subtle.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Burgundy 5, $32 at Sephora
#2 Feeling Blue
You’ll be feeling blue — and loving it — when you’re sporting this cobalt mascara.
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Beyond Blue, $24 at Sephora
#3 Gold Standard
Star light, star bright, which dazzling mascara should I wear tonight? Apply a few coats of this shimmering gold and all eyes will be on you.
butter LONDON ElectraLash Mascara in Starlight, $15 at Ulta
#4 Red, Red Wine
Don’t let that black tube fool you, inside there is some major color happening. Wine red adds a fierce pop of color (without making your eyes look infected).
Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Garnet 80, $26 at Sephora
Don’t save the smoky colors for your lids. This plum mascara is ultra pigmented, so it gives you bold color that would rival any eyeshadow. Wear it alone or pair it with your classic black smoky eye for more drama.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara in 6 Plum, $23 at Make Up For Ever
#6 Green Gaze
Even one coat of this jade mascara will make your entire face come to life. Glitter, who needs glitter?
2B Colours Mascara Colours Make A Difference in Jade, $7.99 at Ulta
#7 Mr. Bright Eyes
If anyone calls you a green-eyed monster while you’re wearing this colored mascara, take it as a compliment.
Inglot Colour Play Mascara in 02 Green, $14 at Inglot
#8 Baby Blue
You can try colored mascara without major commitment thanks to this travel-friendly blue mascara.
MAC Zoom Lash/Little MAC in Blue Charge, $10 at MAC Cosmetics
#9 Pink Eye
This is one time when you will want a pink eye. The pink is pale, but it’s packed with pigment, so it thoroughly coats your lashes.
NYX Cosmetics Color Mascara in Pink Perfect, $6.99 at Ulta
#10 Pretty in Purple
If you’ve tried the iconic Diorshow mascara, you know how it takes your lashes from small and straggly to supersized. This purple mascara has the same great formula, but it will enhance your eyes even more thanks to the rich eggplant color.
Dior Diorshow Mascara in Purple 168, $28.50 at Sephora
#11 Colored Cat Eye
If blue eyeshadow intimidates you, try a swipe of blue mascara instead.
CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara in Perry Blue, $8.99 at Ulta
#12 New Classic
You’re probably familiar with Clinique’s cult favorite Black Honey lipstick, but did you know the shade is also available in mascara? Apply a few coats to your lashes and you’ll soon have a new favorite.
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Bodacious Black Honey, $17.50 at Sephora
#13 Lashings of Mascara
It’s impossible to overdo this deep purple mascara. Swipe it on your top lashes or your bottom ones — or both. You can also try using your regular black mascara, then apply the purple to the tips.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistiqué in 50 Purple, $32 at Chanel
Go beyond black with these 13 colored mascaras.