4 Eyeshadow Looks to Enhance Brown Eyes

When it comes to finding the most flawless eyeshadow for brown eyes, there are no rules. Makeup should be fun, which means no colour – however sheer or vibrant – is ever off-limits. However, there are certain shadow shades that help brown eyes look extra alluring, making the gold, chocolate and copper undertones pop like no other. Want in? We’ve rounded up the most flattering hues for every occasion, whether you’re working no-makeup makeup or amping up the colour for festival season…

1. Sunset Eyeshadow for Brown Eyes

Why You’ll Love It: The sunset eyeshadow trend teams beautifully with deep brown eyes, as the warming orange, copper and red tones make the hints of gold in your irises stand out. Best of all, this look can be dialled up or down to suit your mood, so you can keep it soft and subtle for day or go bolder and brighter for a night out.

Your Must-Have: Smokey Eye Drama Kit in Sumptuous Golds; a palette of gilded hues that makes sunset eyes look ultra-sophisticated.

How to Apply: Swathe the two middle shades across the lid, then diffuse colour out to the brow bone, before tapping the lightest shade – a pale shimmer – on the inner corners of eyes for a brightening boost.

2. Blue Eyeshadow for Brown Eyes

Why You’ll Love It: The truest blues help to bump up brown eyes – instantly. That’s because the shades are opposite each other on the colour wheel, and you know the rules: according to colour theory, this means they complement one another. This is your chance to take smokey eyes to the next level, swapping steely greys for navy and cobalt shades. Think deep, sultry and oh-so shimmery.

Your Must-Have: Smokey Eye Drama Kit in Azure Allure is our favourite palette for this look. It holds a reflective sapphire pigment alongside defining silver and brown.

How to Apply: Blend the blue across entire eyelid from lash line to crease, then smudge the chocolate brown through the outer crease and press the silver on inner corners. Flawless. Mascara is a must to ensure lashes stand out against navy lids, so finish with two plumping coats of Lash Revival Mascara.

3. Jade Eyeshadow for Brown Eyes

Why You’ll Love It: We all need at least one eyeshadow shade that takes us out of our comfort zone. It’s the dramatic hue we experiment with for festivals, party season and any time we need a confidence boost. If you have brown eyes, consider jade eyeshadow your go-to statement colour. This rich jewel tone is striking and chic – everything you want in a bold eye look.

Your Must-Have: Smokey Eye Drama Kit in Magnetic Jades is perfect for this trend. There are two luxe greens in the palette – a soft sage and a vibrant jade – that look dreamy worn alone or paired together.

How to Apply: First up, prep lids with Miracle Prep Eyeshadow Primer to make eyeshadow last. It comes with the bonus off upping the intensity of every pigment you swipe on. Then, work one of the deep greens in the palette on its own, applying it in a vivid lash line-to-crease block that looks beyond-elegant against a satiny nude lipstick.

4. Gold Eyeshadow for Brown Eyes

Why You’ll Love It: Is there any eye colour gold doesn’t suit? It’s the ultimate in flatters-all eyeshadow hues, adding sparkle wherever you sweep it on and making whites of eyes appear brighter. Wear it sheer with a natural makeup look or layer up the pigment for a metallic finish. There’s no wrong way of working this trend – it looks flawless every time.

Your Must-Have: Masterpiece Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Nudes should be a makeup bag staple. It combines a spectrum of gilded shimmers with defining taupes and browns to create a sculpted eye look.

How to Apply: For two-second shadow, swipe just one of the golds in a solo, subtle wash over lids. Have more time? Then play with three or four of the shades, blending them into a golden gradient eye.


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