Hollywood's Two-Toned Eye Trend Is Downright Gorgeous

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Don’t get us wrong, because we love a smoky eye, but at this point, the go-to look has become so status quo on the red carpet that it has us hitting the snooze button when it comes to beauty inspo. Thankfully, just about every cool girl in Hollywood must be feeling the same way, because they're all suddenly bypassing the standard smoky eye for a look that’s brighter, more daring, and completely fresh. Enter: the two-tone eye.
The look is easier than you’d think to pull off. Simply pick two shades to line eyes with, using different colors on either upper and lower lids, or along inner or outer quadrants of the eyes. Of course, the best looks incorporate liner colors that bring out the most complex aspects of the eyes. That means reaching for complementary colors, like coppers and deep aubergines to amplify blue eyes or shades found in the Caribbean sea or transforming brown eyes.
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But there's more: Unexpected combos like white and pale pink simultaneously make hazel eyes look green and the size of saucers (just ask Lily Collins). And the right shades of green and brassy brown make eyes that much greener. Of course, with so much color to play with, there are no hard and fast rules. (We have been playing with burgundy and lilac shades to bump up blue eyes as of late, to the tune of many compliments on the street.)
To get you started on the two-tone liner trend, we’ve spotted a few unexpected, yet foolproof looks you can try, as demoed by Hollywood’s finest. Find a dozen different ways to do anything but a black smoky eye, ahead.
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Color Pairing: Metallic Copper + Black

Great For: Brown, Hazel, or Green Eyes

Why It Works: When eyes are open, this layered combo created by makeup artist Beau Nelson, looks subtle — as if a hint of glint/glimmer is trailing from the corner of the eye. But a more edgy look is unleashed once eyes are closed. Black liner anchors a stripe of metallic glitter liquid liner that dances across the entire lash line.

Try: After lining your upper lid in your favorite black liner, add a swipe of metallic liner in a neutral shade, like Tarte Tarteist PRO Glitter Liner in White Gold (it packs major shine without glitter fallout) — or follow this no-brainer tutorial for a flawless look.
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Color Pairing: Army Green + Brassy Brown

Great For: Green or Blue Eyes

Why It Works: Chloë Grace Moretz takes one of L.A.’s favorite trends, the brassy under eye, out for a spin by pairing it with army green liner up top. We'd guess that makeup artist Mai Quynh tapped both complementary colors because they’re known to punch up the actress’ green irises.

Try: Don’t have a brassy eyeliner color in your arsenal? Try this trick: Grab your favorite nude palette and pick up your shadow with a wet angled liner brush to mimic the effect of eyeliner, then buff out edges with bit more shadow to erase any hard lines.
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Color Pairing: Forest Green + Metallic Blue

Great For: Brown Eyes

Why It Works: Can you imagine a better way to achieve IRL mermaid status? Emily Ratajkowski gets the look thanks to makeup artist Hung Vanngo, tightlined forest green gel liner, and gradients of glimmering aqua added to her upper and lower lids. The key to making this two-toned look stand out? Incorporating different textures and sheens.

Try: We're major fans of Marc Jacobs’ gel eyeliners, thanks to their gorgeous shades, easy application, and long wear time — and Vanngo is, too. He used Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in O(Vert), a forest green along the waterline, coupled with similar shades with iridescent and metallic finishes from Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye Con No 7 Plush Eyeshadow Palette in The Vamp and The Starlet.
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Color Pairing: Brown + Burgundy

Great For: Any Eye Color

Why It Works: Ruth Negga’s beauty look at the Oscars was one of the standouts of the evening, thanks in part to a daring combination of eyeliner shades, made to match her crimson dress.

Try: Makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis used Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in New Moon, a sparkly, pink-ish hue, which can be used as a shadow or a liner. Then she added rusted brown and red colors from Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Candeur et Expérience to the star's upper and lower lids, a move that took a typical, brown smoky eye look to surprising new levels of cool.
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Today In INDIA With @joansmalls For The Opening Of @whotels GOA What A Beautiful Destination ✈️

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Color Pairing: Electric Purple + Black

Great For: Brown, Green, or Hazel Eyes

Why It Works: It’s instinctive to apply the most dramatic shade of eyeliner onto the top lids, but as many celebs have shown, doing the opposite can make an even stronger (and more modern) statement.

Try: As Joan Smalls shows — in a look created by Patrick Ta — a black and electric purple combo makes brown eyes pop. But the same effect can be easily modified to magnify blue eyes, too: try swapping black for a coppery brown liner (like MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy) combined with a deeper shade of purple (Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon Smudge & Set Soft Eyeliner in Aubergine, which wears all day).
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Color Pairing: White + Pale Pink

Great For: Any Eye Color

Why It Works: Usually, it’s Lily Collins’ brows that get all the attention. (And for good reason — I mean, talk about #blessed!) But with this dual-toned eye look, makeup artist Fiona Stiles takes our gaze a little lower, into Collins’ other windows into the soul. Buffed out white liner on lower lids make eyes look more open, while a dusting of pale pink on upper lids play up the green tones in the actress’ hazel eyes.

Try: Physicians Formula #Instaready Glide-On Gel Eyeliner in Champagne adds a whisper of pink to lids (and can do wonders to brighten eyes when added to the waterline).
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Color Pairing: Forest Green + Chocolate Brown

Great For: Hazel Eyes

Why It Works: Hazel eyes can look brown, green or even reddish, depending on what shades of eye makeup are used. Here, makeup artist Patrick Ta makes Olivia Munn’s irises look like the fire-y amber found in tiger’s eye, thanks to a thick dash of forest green liner on the bottom lids and deep chocolate brown on upper lids.

Try: This newfangled take on the winged eye, complete with two shades, is so easy to dupe it can basically be done with eyes closed. Don’t believe us? Check this tutorial for the play by play.
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Color Pairing: Icy Blue + Copper

Great For: Blue or Brown Eyes

Why It Works: Leave it to Diane Kruger to effortlessly pull off two of Hollywood’s biggest makeup trends in one look, like it’s NBD: blue eyeliner (worn by Beyoncé in the pregnancy photo shoot that broke the Internet) and two-toned eyeliner. Copper is a wildly flattering (and warming) color for blue eyes; it helps bring out green and gold flecks to the extent that Kruger’s eyes appear almost green here.

Try: To mimic this look by makeup artist Mai Quynh, reach for a copper liner with reddish undertones equipped with a built-in smudge brush, like Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in 102 Bronze Riche, then add a pop of icy blue to inner portion of the upper lids.
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Color Pairing: Emerald Green + Metallic White

Great For: Brown or Green Eyes

Why It Works: The key to mixing the right eyeliner colors? Reach for shades that will bring out the nuances in your eyes, like the flecks of gold and green within Priyanka Chopra’s brown irises. Since silver makes green stand out and emerald green makes brown pop, makeup artist Pati Dubroff applied these shades alongside black wedged into the waterline for a more dramatic look.

Try: To replicate this look, try Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Baller (buffed onto the lower lids and outside corners of the upper lids). Pair it with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo, a hard-to-find metallic white (drawn on the inside corners of upper lids). Happen to have a forest green pencil already in your arsenal? Layer it over the metallic white shade to lighten it up and more closely replicate the shade you see here.
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Color Pairing: Pink + Ruddy Aubergine

Great For: Any Eye Color

Why It Works: Without long hair to hide behind, Kristen Stewart’s eyes become a no-miss focal point. Here makeup artist Beau Nelson makes the actress’ green irises pop even further, thanks to pink and chocolate brown eye makeup shades that are also used on brows, lips, and cheeks.

Try: It’s no surprise that Nelson used Chanel makeup to get the look — Stewart is the new face of Chanel Beauty, after all. But for those of us with more meager makeup budgets (and, alas, no beauty contract in the wings), a similar look can be nabbed with E.l.f. Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Ain’t That Sweet and Rimmel Manfiq’eyes Stay True Shadow + 24HR Kohl Kajal Liner in Pink + Purple Rain.
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Color Pairing: Green + Pink

Great For: Green or Blue Eyes

Why It Works: This double hit of tightlined liner gives Jessica Chastain a fresh look, no smoke needed. Seafoam green applied on her lower lids and classic black on the upper lids make the green in her eyes look like they’ve been filtered for brightness. A touch of pale pink shadow, a complementary shade to green on the color wheel, seems to make her irises advance even more.

Try: The key to this look, created by makeup artist Jeanine Lobell, lies not only in using eyeliner colors that complement green eyes, but also by pairing the shades with mascaras to match. Try a shade like Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Peacock for lashes lined in green liner.
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We tried our hand at the two-toned eye trend using fun colors that flatter a range of eye colors. Check it out in this video to see how it's done.
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