Eye Makeup for Brown Eyes: Stand Out from the Crowd!

“Her eyes are homes of silent prayers” ~ Alfred Tennyson

Hello, my gorgeous brown-eyed Girls!

This is part one of my five-part series on the best eye makeup for your eye color. 

Have you ever felt like you have the most boring eye color out there? Let me assure you this is not the case! While you do have the most common eye color in the world, not all look the same. There are so many lovely shades from deepest ebony to golden amber. In fact, your “common” eyes can be your greatest asset.

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A very neat and sometimes overlooked advantage of having darker eyes is that you are actually able to wear more colorful looks. The contrast level of your eye color gives you more options in that regard. Take that, blue eyes!

So, if you feel like you are looking a bit blah and want to know how to get out of this beauty rut, I will tell you. The key to making your eyes look amazing is choosing the right colors of eye makeup. By knowing which colors to apply for your lovely shade of brown, you can really make your eyes sparkle. Not only will the perfect colors make them stand out, they will look bigger, brighter, and more awake. Who doesn’t want that?

As simple as this sounds, this is something some women really struggle with and like I said earlier not all brown eyes are the same. Someone with black eyes is not going to look good in the same makeup as someone else with golden or amber colored eyes and vice versa. Here is a guide to help make it a little easier and clearer.

Warm Brown Eyes

If your eyes have a yellow or orange tone to them, such as mahogany, golden or amber-brown, you will want to wear warm-based eyeshadows like –

  • Cream/Ivory
  • Peach/apricot
  • Gold
  • Khaki
  • Mossy greens
  • Mahogany
  • Warm plums
  • Shades of blue (which is will contrast with the warm orange undertones in your eye) like turquoise or navy blue.

Dark olive, teal, deep purple, bronze or chocolate liner will make your eyes pop. Choose black, dark green, aubergine or dark brown mascara. Aubergine mascara is gorgeous on golden and amber brown eyes.

Warm brown eyes have a metallic quality to them, so using these colors will pick up the gold tones and flecks really making them glow. Have fun playing around with different looks. Here are some good ones to try – 

Gold or Bronze Smokey Eyes


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Zuzu Luxe Eyeshadow in Egyptian Gold and the Ecco Bella Soft Eyeliner Pencil in Bronze can help you give you the looks above.


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Plum and Navy



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In the mood for a more dramatic look? Try Zuzu Luxe Eyeshadow in Ice Princess paired with Aubergine mascara from Dr. Hauschka. The RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Imagine, Soft Eyeliner Pencil from Ecco Bella in Violet would look lovely as well. 


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Warm Greens


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Look like a green goddess in the shade Absinthe from Zuzu Luxe or Conspiracy from Honeybee Gardens. If wearing green shadow is not your thing try adding just a touch to your eyes with a dark golden green mascara.


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Turquoise Accent


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Turn the volume of your look way up by adding a bright turquoise accent to your eyes. You can get this look with the shadow Pool Party from TaterRoundsBeauty or the shade Tempted from Addictive Cosmetics.


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Cool Brown Eyes

Black, burgundy-brown and grey-brown eyes will look best in cool or blue-based shades of –

  • Grey
  • Silver
  • White
  • Mint
  • Lilac/Violet
  • Cool Plums/Purple
  • Cool pinks
  • Emerald and forest greens
  • Sapphire blues
  • Cocoa

Black, gunmetal gray, dark smokey purple, dark peacock or deep blue eyeliners will give your eyes that wow factor. Mascara in deepest black, black-brown or navy will pull it all together.

Cool brown eyes have a lovely depth. Use the colors above to bring out that quality even more. You can really rock the smokey eye look or if you are feeling particularly bold or adventurous go for some really bright almost neon colors. See below for some great ideas –

Pastel Dream

Tap into your ethereal side with a pretty pastel shadow like Zuzu Luxe Eyeshadow in Skylar or Misty Blue eyeshadow from Real Purity.


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Silver Smokey Eye


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Get the perfect smokey eye using the Gabriel Cosmetics Eyeshadow Trio in Smokey Shimmer or the Janecka Mineral Eyeshadows in Pearl, Smokey Pearl, and Black Pearl.


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Bold Blues

Add a bold pop of blue to your eyes with the shade Boni Blue Eyes from TaterRoundsBeauty or Lazuli from Etherealle Cosmetics, strategically placed in the center of the eyelid or all around the eye, balanced with an application of black liner and mascara with touches of silver using 100% Pure Cosmetics Gleaming Pewter Creamy Long Last Liner.


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Pretty in Pink


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Add a gorgeous wash of color to your eyes with a shimmery pink shadow like Evening Sky from TaterRoundsBeauty or Mesmerize Eye Color Radiant Shadow Stick in Cinder from Vapour Organic Beauty.


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Bright Pop of Color


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Turn things up a notch by applying a bold streak of neon yellow above your black winged eyeliner. You can achieve this look with TaterRoundsBeauty Satin Eyeshadow in Sun Flower.


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As a closing thought, some of the most beautiful in the world share your eye color. Think Beyonce, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Kim Kardashian, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Winona Ryder, Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Lucy Lui and many others. Be proud and rock it, ladies!

More from this series: 

Lora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.


Lora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.

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