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Best Eyeshadow Colors For Brown Eyes Based on Your Eye Shape

You’ve probably heard people with brown eyes lament and long for any other eye color. They say, “Brown eyes are boring.” Well, actually, they’re probably the most versatile color to play off and enhance eye makeup! So, truly, the best eyeshadow colors for brown eyes are pretty much any of them! But you do need to keep in mind that different eye shapes require slightly different application techniques, regardless of the eye color, and in those instances, some eyeshadow colors for brown eyes should be avoided. For the sake of simplification, let’s take a classic smokey eye. Once you figure out the right shape, the rest (picking the makeup and putting it on) is pure fun!


  1. Primer – No matter the size or shape, your smokey eye is based around shadow and its placement. What good is it to find the perfect eyeshadow colors for brown eyes if they don’t last on your lids? Apply primer to your entire lid, blend, and allow to dry.
  2. Brows – Many a lovely smokey eye was ruined by an un-groomed, unruly brow. Invest in a brow shaping kit and keep your eyebrows well-groomed. Please…for the sake of your smokey eye. We beg you.
  3. Color palette – What hue are your brown eyes?  A good rule of thumb is that whatever shade of eye (deep, medium, light), your best colors are usually found on the same level of colors. For instance, deep brown eyes usually look best with darker shadows, and can withstand darker liner…and so on. And each brown-eye hue has a corresponding set of optimal eyeshadow colors for brown eyes that will help create the perfect eye makeup look for your eye shape. Dark brown – best colors are forest greens, dark grays, deep plums.Medium brown – best colors are purples, greens, coppers. Light brown – best colors are neutrals, golds, vibrant greens. (The same holds true for shimmer and metallic eyeshadow colors for brown eyes).

SMALL EYES/ASIAN EYES: It is possible to get the look of big eyes (or big Asian eyes)! Look at all the celebrities with small eyes…you hardly notice their eye size! That’s expert eyeshadow placement. Apply the medium shade over the outer two-thirds of the lid. Sweep the lightest shade onto the inner one-third, and also under the brow bone. With the darkest shade, create a sideways V in the outer corner of the eye, extending the shadow slightly beyond the natural corner of the eye. Blend well. Liner, too, should only be applied to the outer third of the top and bottom lash lines, and never line the inner rim…it will completely close the look of your eye! One thing that will tremendously help the appearance of your eyes will be big false lashes or accent lashes by Minki Lashes! Apply lash primer and two coats of mascara, or false lashes (wearing Minki Lashes eliminates the need for mascara), applied to the outer third of the upper lid. Or you can opt for mink lash extensions to add the appearance of size to your eye (and the extensions last up to two months!), which is the fastest growing beauty treatment in professional salons across the US and Canada!

ROUND EYES: The goal with makeup for round eyes is to make the shape appear more elongated, so shadows and false lashes by Minki Lashes are your friends! Cover your lid with the medium shade. Then bring the dark shade half-way in on your upper lid. Blend through entire crease, as well as under lower lash line. The sideways V needs to be extended out well past your natural corner. Add a finishing touch with long, tapered demi lashes to further draw the eye outward, into more of an almond shape. Individual eyelashes in outer corners will also work here.

HOODED EYES: Hooded eye makeup can be tricky. Since your lid folds over on itself, primer for this brown smokey eye tutorial is critical. Apply lighter color on the lid and the medium shade slightly above your natural crease (more on the skin that folds over), to recede the look of that extra skin. Keep the dark color to the extreme outer V. Line needs to be waterproof and budget-proof, so a liquid or gel liner might work best. Try false lashes that are a bit longer in the center as to help open up your eyes and make your chosen eyeshadow colors for brown eyes pop!

ALMOND SHAPED EYES: Here’s the thing about the almond eye shape…it is the most universally flattering shape. So, let’s get this straight. The best eyeshadow colors for brown eyes are all of them…and your best eye look is also all of them if, yes if  you have standard placement of eyes (i.e. not close set, deep-set, wide set etc). Aren’t you the lucky girl? Since you can wear most of the forms of a smokey eye, your best look may entail the darker shade on your lid, medium shade through the crease (blend well), dark shade in the outer V, and top off with liner both on the upper and lower lash line, as well as the inner rim (provided your eyes as not as small as Taylor Swift‘s). Now, armed with the perfect eyeshadow colors for brown eyes for your distinct eye shape, you can confidently create an amazing, sexy, sultry smokey eye…every time! So, get out there and start smokin’!

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