From neutrals to bright colors, creativity in makeup can really help brown eyes shine in so many different ways, so we recommend experimenting with looks that suit every situation and aesthetic. Below, find 16 great ideas that will highlight your eyes for an everyday look or evening glam.
The following shades will emphasize the natural beauty if you have brown eyes:
1. Golden shades: Golden eye shadow with brown eyes is a winning combination. Most brown eyes have flecks of gold or yellow pigments, especially when exposed to sunlight. Brown eyes also tend to have a natural glow, so gold eyeshadows, such as copper, bronze, rose gold, and shimmery yellow, enhance their golden tones. Use gold eyeshadow for a casual lunch date or evening look. Add a darker shimmer to the crease to dramatize the look.
2. Gray shades: Gray is a nice contrast to brown, so combining cool metallic shades with your naturally warm brown eyes will enhance their color. For a classic smokey eye, use a dark gray eyeshadow and mix it with a neutral brown. Use a shimmery silver eyeshadow or eyeliner to make your eyes stand out even more.
3. Matte brown: Although it seems counterintuitive, matte brown eyeshadow enhances brown eyes. To create contrast, choose shades of brown that are the opposite of your eye color. For example, use light brown eyeshadow to make dark brown eyes stand out.
4. Purple: Purple eyeshadows come in a variety of shades, from soft lavender to plum, making them a versatile eye makeup option. Purple is a stark contrast to brown eyes, allowing the eye color to stand out against the eyeshadow color. Stick to lighter shades of purple for daytime looks, and use darker shades for evening looks. Use purple eyeshadow to create a smokey look by smudging purple and black eyeshadow in the outer corners of your eyes.
1. Neutral, natural look
To create this neutral, monochromatic look, try using shades close to your skin tone and using the same product on lids, cheeks and lips.
2. All shades of purple
Purple shades complement brown eyes very well because they emphasize the richness of the irises and are a great contrast. Play around and try pastel purple to plum.
3. Strong blue
The colors of the deep sea and brown eyes are a real winning combination. Keep the rest of your makeup simple and apply shadow all over the lid as well as the lower lash line.
Sunset shades can bring out the warmth of your skin and work well in different seasons. Add drama to warm eyeshadow with red lipstick.
5. Contrast with yellow
Bright yellow eyeshadow is a stunning make-up look that really pops with brown eyes. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal to let the sunny color stand out.
6. Different eyeliner
Make classic eyeliner more interesting by creating a more modern silhouette. Try black around the outer crease, then add pink tones to the rest of the face for a fresh, romantic look.
Smoky eye is great for a night out. Smudge the lower lash line and extend the shadow across the lid to the outer edge, creating a soft wing. Pronounced eyebrows and "offering" lips complete the look.
8. Pencil around the entire eye
Add drama by applying a black liner around the entire eye. Feel free to extend into the lap or add lipstick as desired or keep it simple for a Parisian feel.
9. Reverse cat eye
The classic black pencil never gets old. You can also add red lipstick to the look to accentuate rich brown eyes.
10. Subtle and soft
Nothing says glow like this look. Try using a primer under your foundation, then add a few drops of highlighter on top. This is a surefire way to get that holiday glow, even if you spent the weekend on the couch.
The 90s were known for brown lipstick. In addition, shaped eyebrows and a great eyeliner technique are made for brown eyes.
12. Shiny gold
Enhance the golden or hazel tones in your brown eyes with golden shimmer and shimmery eyeshadow.
Sometimes a futuristic contrast with a simple pencil is just what you need to keep things interesting.
14. Bold red
Shades of cherry can highlight the warmth of your skin and eyes, and are suitable for all seasons. The rest of the make-up should be minimal.
15. Pastel look
It adds a dose of joy to any look. You can play with several pastel shades at once or highlight beautiful eyes with one shade, as seen here.
16. Matte appearance
If you like a subtle look, this is for you. Use shades similar to your skin tone that add just enough contrast to get noticed.