Princess Diana famously made blue eyeliner her trademark throughout the ‘80s. She shook up the royal beauty status quo with her signature kohl pencil shade with a preference for electric shades smudged along the waterline. She even famously wore blue liner on her wedding day—look closely and you’ll see a stroke of navy deftly blended into her otherwise neutral eye makeup to create a soft, smokey effect. In season four of The Crown, Diana’s iconic blue swoosh of liner was key to transforming actor Emma Corrin into HRH The Princess of Wales.
Diana’s choice of blue eyeliner was most definitely a personal preference that became her signature, but the colour also has a secret beauty benefit: It brightens eyes and gives them instant sparkle and shine. Thanks to the current obsession with all things Diana, this retro fabulous trend is back.
Here’s eight liners we love to add a touch of Di drama to your every day.
Charlotte Tilbury Eye Colour Magic Liner Duo in Super Blue
This double-tipped pencil packs two shades—a matte and a metallic—to play with and create a truly electric look.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Deep Midnight
Create the perfect cat eye with this deep, dark blue-black that will effortlessly glide across your lash line.
Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner in Lady Lagoon
Keep summer vibes alive with this beachy shade that looks extra-chic paired with rich navy mascara.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos
This would be a modern-day Diana pick who would love this kohl pencil for its colour intensity.
Ardell Beauty Wings Gel Eyeliner in Royal
We love this gel liner for its easy application and bold brightness!
MAC Technakohl Liner in Cool Jazz
This liner is a sophisticated alternative to black. Smudge along lower lash line for a sexy, smokey finish.
Sephora Collection Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Multi-Stick in Magnetic Blue
This oversize shadow and liner pencil makes application easy and gives you a choice of how to wear your blue—full on or just a swoop along your lashes.
Beautycounter Color Outline Eye Pencil in Navy
We love this liner for its saturated indigo pigment and its clean formula—rosemary leaf extract and sunflower oil give this pencil a luxe creamy feel and finish.