Splashing the town with coloured kohl

I’ve a confession to make, I have a substance-abuse problem and it is called kohl/eyeliners. While I rarely deck myself with layers of make-up, kohl is a totally different story. I am no make-up expert or a make-up junkie but I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that you will Never see me without kohl-lined eyes. Of late, this obsession has taken a rather colourful turn and now my make-up bag is full of coloured eye-liners in all different hues teal, blue, purple, gold. You name it, I will have it.

Many friends tell me that they can be a tricky look to pull. I tell them to take a deep breath as colour kohl is an idiot proof way to amp any look. It lends a pop of colour to a monochromatic look while can bring together a colourful ensemble. Enough of the wisdom, let’s get down to the tutorial.

Start the look with a flawless skin, apply a luminous finish foundation and powder your T-zone to prevent oiliness.

You can use primer on your eyelids or simply start with a clean, naked canvas.

Apply a neutral shade like the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Pink for a natural shining look.

Line your lower water line with dark green kohl like the Woody Green colour by Gosh used here.


Next darken and smudge the lower lid with the same colour.


Use black liquid liner on the top lid for a mysterious look. Delicately line your upper lid, starting from the inner corner andΒ  extend it just past the natural shape of your eye to create a delicate wing. Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in black serves the purpose perfectly– a fine brush which holds the liquid well giving you a great flick. Apply lashings of a good-quality mascara like the Colossal range from Maybelline for fluttering eyes.


I’ve teamed the teal kohl look with blood red lips. My secret for wearing red on the lips: a dash of playfulness, a pinch of naughtiness and a good scoop of confidence. Wear red, like you owe it ;).

The finished look:


What’s your biggest make-up essential? And how would you play with coloured kohl? Let me know in the comments section.

P:S: Stay tuned for look 2 with my favourite purple eye-liner coming up next week


  1. sudha srivalsan
    March 2, 2013 / 7:48 am

    Wow! That looks really fabulous Dhanya πŸ™‚ i am also a great fan of kohl and kajal. Never step out without one. But never the coloured ones. My vote is always for the black ones. The coloured ones looks fantastic on the younger generation though πŸ™‚ ofcourse you should kniw how to wear it and carry it on. The green one looks very pretty on you. Loved it πŸ™‚

    • March 4, 2013 / 8:45 am

      Thank you so much :). I think kohl unifies women across age groups, race or cultural identity. Hardly met women who don’t like a good kohl πŸ™‚

  2. Era Bhargava
    March 4, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    Perfectly stunning look dhanya. I’ve bought brownish kohl some 3 months back and use it regularly with mix and match like with black kohl. Good article.

  3. Komal
    March 4, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    I love the green on you… Beautiful!! I tried purple recently, green is next πŸ˜‰

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