Depending on what shades you want to bring out in your eyes you can go with a variety of shadow colors. Greens will make your eyes appear more auburn and/or chocolate while purple will bring out the gold in brown eyes. Blues are also a complimenting color and will bring out the amber in brown eyes.
You can incorporate these into your eyeshadow colors or try using an eyeliner in one of these shades.
Hair color can also play a small role in choosing colors so if you have a hair color that can clash you will want to make sure to choose something that will go with eye color and hair color. I recently put more red in my hair and now I tend to use more rust colors and gold to bring out my brown eyes. I can also do green and purple but have to me more careful with blue shades.
Have fun exploring your new looks!
For my brown eyes, I like to stick to a purple/brown/green palletes. I love Kat Von D's True Romance Eye Pallete (Poetica) and Smashbox's Photo Op Eye Enhancing Pallete for Brown eyes. I noticed jewel tones look best on me, especially colors of the peacock variety (funny way of wording, I know, but peacocks have the best colors for brown eyes and I couldn't think of a better example, lol)
1. I usually apply a soft pink/beige base on my entire lid, up to the brow bone (after priming of course, don't want those yucky eyeshadow grease creases! I like smashbox's photofinish applied to the eyes to prevent my makeup from moving, especially in the heat/humidity!). This color makes the eyes really stand out, especially near the brows. I prefer a soft pink/beige over the white shimmery shadows I see others wearing close to their eyebrows because it is a bit more subtle. I do sometimes alternate though to the white for a more made up look. But for the daytime, I prefer a more natural look
2. Once that's applied, I use a dark shade of brown/burgandy- this color usually looks more purple with gold flecks. It's a perfect shade between brown, purple and burgandy, making my eyes pop with gold and amber, making them look much lighter! For daytime, I stay light, applying 2-3 "swipes" of shadow in the crease on my eye, creating the "smokey" look, but more subtle. I have very fair skin, so you may need more to really make those eyes pop And for the evening, I do it the same, but add more shadow to really add some sass
3. For the final touch of shadow on my eyes, I'll use a 3rd shade, something sort of inbetween the two shades previously used. I usually go for a nice shade of gold or a tan mix. The shimmer of a gold shadow really sets off the burgandy/gold used in the crease, so I generally choose that. If I'm feeling extra funky or really want my eyes to stand out, I'll go with a more lavendar shade instead of the gold- this makes my eyes REALLY stand out, but sometimes lavendar tends to look really light/white on my skin. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect lavendar shade that isn't too purple, too dark or too light
**Not mentioned is the eyeliner, or mascara- I left that up to you as far as suggetions go- I know everyone has their own ways when it comes to this I like to line the bottom of my lashes before beginning with the shadow, this helps the eyeliner on the bottom from becoming to overpowering on my eyes(especially during the days). As for the top lashes, I line the waterline (instead of above the lash line, I like to emphasize the thickness of the lashes this way), so I prefer to apply this after the eyeshadow is applied, making the look more uniform and "finished" looking. As for colors, with my brown eyes, brown liners and dark brown mascaras work best for my fair complexion, especially for the daytime. I will switch it up at night, using stark black or dark purples (almost black but make your brown eyes pop more)
Hi, tara. To make your brown eyes really pop, wear an eyeshadow that’s the opposite of your eye shade on the color spectrum. Brown eyes are more flattered lined with a brown liner, not black—it’s softer yet still dramatic. Brown eyes can wear almost any combination of colors. However, some of the best shades for brown eyes are:
- cream / eggshell
- dark brown
- warm gold
- deep blue
- forest green
- deep grey
A palette that has all the shades to make your brown eyes pop is the Tarte TEN Limited Edition Collector’s Palette which is a refillable and reusable, gold-studded palette that contains 10 limited-edition shadows, a limited-edition, double-ended eye liner, and a full-size eyeshadow brush, plus mascara. This paraben-free and sulfate-free palette is a true collector's item filled with endless looks from soft to smoky to earthy to jewel-toned. Before being treated with soothing vitamins, these highly pigmented shadows are softly milled from natural mineral pigments for rich color payoff and silky application. The double-ended eye liner in deep black and plum complements any look and is infused with antioxidant-rich and free-radical-fighting carnauba wax, shea butter and cocoa seed butter. Tarte even includes a free deluxe sample of their best-selling Lights, Camera, Lashes! Clinically-Proven Natural Mascara, so you can achieve a 424% increase in the volume of your lashes! The set specifically includes the following:
- 10 x 0.06 oz Eyeshadows:
-Top row - left to right: matte soft pink, shimmering silver gray, soft shimmering gold, vibrant shimmering copper, vivid shimmering amethyst
-Bottom row - left to right: shimmering deep plum, matte almost black, deep shimmering chocolate, deep shimmering forest green, vivid shimmering teal
-0.04 oz Double-sided eyeliner: matte deep black and deep plum
-0.10 oz Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
By the way, this palette contains good-for-your-skin ingredients like carnauba wax, a natural wax that ensures a smooth application, shea butter, a natural skin emollient that helps retain skin elasticity and protect against cell degeneration, cocoa seed butter, an antioxidant rich and emollient salve that helps fight free radicals while soothing and moisturizing dry skin, vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights free radical damage and prevents oxidative stress and premature signs of aging, while brightening skin and mineral pigments which have been known to soothe and soften the skin. You can find the palette here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P26
Hope this helps!
Have a great day!