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The Best Eyeshadow Colors for Brown Eyes

Photo by: @iamdallasjlogan and @daehowerton ~ Model: @doraowusu

For you brown eyed babes out there, I wanted to share some tips on what eyeshadow colors look best on you.  Since brown is a neutral color, almost any color will make them pop however I find that purples tend to be the most flattering and easiest to pull off.  

This custom palette is perfect for brown eyes as it has some cool toned browns and grays which balance the warmth of brown eyes, while the purples make the eyes stand out.  



Purple is the most universally flattering eyeshadow color to wear (other than neutrals) because it goes well with any hair, eye, or skin color.  Purple is especially great for brown eye babes as it is a contrasting color on the color wheel, so it makes the eyes pop!  I find the best purples are blueish tinted ones as it contrasts the warmth of the brown.



Brown eyeshadow is my least favorite color to wear as it blends in so much with my brown eyes.  But no one wants to wear bright purple makeup every day to work!   The solution: wear a bit of purple, teal, or even green just under the lower lash-line or in the waterline to make your eyes pop a bit.  This little splash of color is just enough for daytime without being over the top.



Here’s some additional tips for brown eyes:

  • To make your eye color pop, wear purple or teal as these are contrasting colors to brown 
  • Silvers and blues can look beautiful too, but be careful wearing them under the lower lash-line as they can enhance any dark circles under your eyes  
  • Brown eyeshadow tends to blend in with brown eyes, so wear more of a silver-brown or even peach

Which eyeshadow color is your favorite?  Do you notice your brown eyes “pop” more with certain colors? 

Have fun with your makeup and remember that it’s just an art, so whatever you feel like wearing works!


Much Love,


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