Khaki Is The New Neutral


Everyone seems to have an opinion on The Official Color of 2014. First, Pantone, the self-proclaimed “authority of color,” announced that a purple called Radiant Orchid was the hue with which to adorn your walls, accent pillows, sweaters, lips, eyes, and nails this year. Naturally, we had some thoughts on the subject. But most recently, backstage at Derek Lam, Tom Pecheux did not stutter when he declared “green” the color for Fall 2014 while doling out a dramatic hunter/olive smoky eye to the models. (Emerald was Pantone's Color of the Year in 2013...)

So, green it is (apologies, Radiant Orchid), and we've found a universally flattering, casual khaki version to suit every skin tone and shade of iris: Chanel's Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Khaki Precieux. It's the perfect neutral, right up there with black, navy, and chocolate brown. The soft silicon-based crayon is an army green with a bit of gold shimmer, appearing smoky and 'lived-in' on your skin. You can also blend it out on your top and bottom lash lines, for an even softer effect.

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • Sophie

    I need this in my life.

  • Louise

    Is this color green eyes compatible?

    • ITGMackenzie

      Hi Louise,

      Yes! I have green eyes, and the color is so tan/coffee based that it doesn't compete. It's really soft and warming, and it makes my lashes look fuller. I should also say that the lighter your skin tone, the more brown the liner will appear. I hope that helps!



    • Rachel

      I actually picked up a cheapie drugstore shadow stick in this color the other week and have been in love with it ever since. I have green eyes and (deathly) pale skin and I think the metallic khaki looks very chic!

      • alabee

        @eighttwosix:disqus, what was the drugstore brand? My interest is piqued (another green-eyed, deathly pale girl here).

        • katiedid13

          I love ELF's shadow stick-- the color is really similar, and the staying power is decent if you use a primer (also ELF for me, perpetual broke intern).

    • Janet Lee

      Yes! Kristin Kreuk used to wear green eyeliner like the photos when she was on Smallville and she looked lovely.

  • Bella

    This reminds me, I bought this last autumn with the accompanying quad (Mysterious? Mysterieuse? Mystery?) I've probably used them twice. I should search my stash to find out where they are now.

  • Alice Porter

    Finally I have a use for MAC Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow!


  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    I've been doing this with my brown eyes for years - really makes them pop! I use Dior kaki irise, MAC uniform, Clinique egyptian liners.

  • Lejla
  • Monika Ostrowska

    Oooh, I so need this, it looks like a exactly like my favourite liner of all times that was discontinued Mac's Rosmary & Thyme

  • Chloe

    This is gorgeous!
    xx Chloe

  • Isabel

    I also recommend the Sephora Jumbo Liner in Khaki. It's a great color and can be used as a liner or all over the lid.

  • ITGMackenzie

    I'm right there with you.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    Not sure I can pull this off with green eyes and vampire white skin!

  • katie

    Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Stash. Best khaki/olive green liner ever.

  • larasophia

    great color! I love Chanel eyeliner.

  • Jeanne

    nars has a great one too, i've been using this metallic green shade for years!

  • Ayesha


  • Chelsea

    This is my favorite eyeliner ever. I got the LE matching mascara in the fall too, which was perfect.

  • Noel

    Wow! I just bought this today. I have to say I was skeptical, being tan and having dark brown eyes, but your picture convinced me! It looks so amazing and really makes my eyes and eyelashes pop! Thank you! And it subtle enough for my uniform :)

  • C

    Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki is great.

  • St. Ephanie

    Nicka K Eye Light crayon in Moss. Lovely and it set me back $1.99.

  • truenorthsyle

    sephora makes a jumbo khaki eye pencil that is amazing!!!

  • Thomas Terresh

    Khaki is the most underrated color in fashion world though I believe it should have been used for eye makeup like this. You have been revealed such a brilliant idea of using khaki eyeliner pencil for making eyes like never before. Hats off to you for such a fascinating fashion ideas.


Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner