There are many choices when it comes to creating the perfect natural eye makeup look for brown-eyed women. Brown is a mix of primary colors, meaning that just about any natural eye makeup color will pair well with brown eyes. However, the determining factor is the depth of one’s eye color—is it almost black or is it medium brown?
Most shades of brown eyes have a beautiful, underlying color that’s revealed in certain lighting, according to Sephora makeup artist Amy Suchma. “The most common underlying hues are garnet/red (usually for deeper brown eyes), amber/orange (usually for medium depth of brown), and golden/yellow (usually for a lighter brown eye). Suchma recommends considering color theory when determining which natural eye makeup colors enhance brown eyes. “On the color wheel, the most complementary color for each hue is located directly across from the targeted color. As a rule of thumb, jewel tones work best to enhance brown eyes because they have the same depth and richness,” she adds.
For Dark Brown Eyes If your eyes are dark brown, medium to dark shades of eyeshadow will work best for you. Try charcoal gray, forest green, or plum. We recommend the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Portly Plum US $17; AED/SAR 62 because it offers a sheer wash of lightweight, creamy color without too much sparkle making it ideal for daytime use.
For Medium Brown Eyes Medium to light brown eyes should try green, violet, or bronze colored eyeshadows. Experiment by pairing neutral shadow with metallic eyeliner in copper or bronze such as the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Brown(Out) US $25; AED/SAR 91, which is a soft bronze with a subtle shimmer. The super-malleable formula glides on smoothly for a flawless, precise application, and then sets in place for all-day wear.
For Light Brown Eyes If you have light brown eyes, avoid heavy, smokey shadows, which can hide the subtle hints of green and gold in your eyes. Instead, opt for delicate metallics and dusty pinks to intensify the flecks and make light brown eyes sparkle. Try applying a neutral shade of shadow on the lid, a darker hue of the same color in the crease, and then line your eyes in gold or green to reflect the flecks of color in your iris. The NARS Eye Paint in Iskandar US $25; AED/SAR 91 is a great choice as the pigment can be used as an eyeliner or all over eye color.
Hazel Eyes If your eyes are so light that they are hazel, try champagne tones with violet, bronze or brown liner to define the eyes. We love Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Eye Shadow in Champagne Quartz US $25; AED/SAR 91. The opulent formula looks like liquid metal on lids and reflects light beautifully.
How To Once you’ve figured out which shades you should be using to really make your brown eyes pop, application is key when trying to achieve that natural eye makeup look. Celebrity makeup artist Taylor Babaian shares her secrets in this easy to follow makeup tutorial.