June 12, 2024 9 min read

If you've got brown eyes and are in need of makeup inspirations that will help transform your face and make your eyes pop, then you're in luck.


Did you know that more than half of the world's population have naturally brown eyes?


Well now you do!


And as a natural brown eyed girl you should consider yourself lucky. Brown eyes are a beautiful canvas that can pull off a variety of makeup looks, from subtle everyday styles to dramatic evening glamour.


Celebrity NYC based makeup artist Tina Turnbow confirms that it is the easiest eye colour to work with reasons being that nothing is really off limits with brown eyes.


The natural depth and warmth of brown eyes allow you to experiment with a plethora of colours, which can't be said for other eye colours. 


Although brown eyes look great with literally any colour combo, there are a few guidelines, and tricks you can implement to ensure you look your best all day, any day! 


Here are some makeup tips you might find interesting:



Best Eyeshadow For Brown Eyes

  1. Earthy Tones: For a natural look, earthy tones like browns, beiges and soft taupes are the best shades to help enhance the natural beauty of your brown eyes without overpowering them.
  2. Smokey Eye: Brown eyes are perfect for a smokey eye look. You can achieve this with colours like grey, black or deep plum for that sultry look. You can also combine a hint of metallics like gold or bronze for added dimension.
  3. Vibrant Colours: Brown eyes can also rock vibrant shades like teal, cobalt blue and emerald green. And you don't even have to wear them as full eyeshadows. Simply incorporate these colours into your eyeliner for your, especially on your lower lash line and watch how your eye pops.
  4. Metallic and Shimmery Shades:  For a night out, metallic and shimmery shades are your best friends. Gold, bronze, and copper eyeshadows highlight the warm tones in brown eyes beautifully.
  5. Pastels:Soft pastels like lilac, mint green, coral, turquoise and baby blue are perfect for brown eyes. Simply pair them with a black wine liner and nude or pink lips and you have yourself the perfect summer/spring look.




Makeup Styles For Brown Eyes: 20 Looks Inspired By Celebrities


While brown eyes are the most common eye colour you'll find, they also come in varying shades.


From light golden hazel browns to dark, sometimes almost black mahogany brown. The more melanin present, the darker the eyes, which often means a greater capacity to absorb and reflect light in interesting ways.


Whichever one you've been blessed with, we have makeup looks for you to try out that'll look absolutely gorgeous on you.



1: Leighton Meester’s Natural Glowy Glam


I think I'm speaking for the majority when I say we're currently in our clean girl makeup era. Meester keeps her face clean and snatched with this subtle glowy glam. To recreate this you might want to stick to shades that suit your skin tone.


For Meester, she filled in her brows lightly, paired and short dark liner with equally short but wispy lashes to bring her eyes to focus. Her skin is kept really simple with a skin tint or medium coverage foundation allowing her naturally freckled face to shine through and finally a coral gloss for the lips to bring the whole look together.



2: Jessica Alba’s Lavender Monochrome


Not in the mood for mixing and matching colours, it's totally fine. Take a cue from Jessica here as she sweeps on a light shade of lavender pink across her eyes, cheeks and lips for that girly summer glow.


Don't forget to dust some of that eyeshadow colour on your lower lash line and blend out properly. Put on some mascara and lashes, if you will and you're ready to party!



3: Jenna Ortega’s Blue Under Eye Winged Liner

Someone said blue is the new black and I couldn't agree more. Here Jenna Ortega adds interest to her soft glam by wearing a simple yet sophisticated cobalt blue under eye winged liner.

To recreate, get yourself an eye pencil in a similar shade and apply to your lower lash line and drag it outward and upwards to create a straight short wing. Take a small brush with the same shade of matte eyeshadow and gently blend it out to get rid of any harsh lines.




4: Yara Shahidi Lime Green Eyes

Matching your eye makeup to your outfit will always be my favourite thing to do and Yara, does that perfectly with her lime green eyes and outfit. You can also try this look with any colour and outfit of your choice.

Although, you might want to keep the eyes matte and add a black liner especially if you're going for bright colours like this. 



5: Kylie Jenner’s Bronze Eyes and Brown Lips

Who knew brown and gold could look so good on fair skin? Well Kylie certainly ate this look and you can too. Gold shimmery eye and a brown matte lippie, paired with a sharp winged liner and long wispy lashes should be on your “to recreate” makeup list for your next outdoor event.




6: Vanessa Hudgens and her silver linings

We said you could pair literally any colour with brown eyes and Vanessa Hudgens proved us right with her silver linings. Just dust on some silver eyeshadow, a sharp long winged liner and tiny silver pearls along the wing and you'll be looking like a fairytale.

For dimension, apply a dark brown shade to your lower lash line and keep the rest of your face simple.




7: Awkwafina’s Copper Hues

On the days when you want a clean girl glam but with a little extra, remember this look from Awkwafina. A soft glam with nothing but soft brown shade on the eyes and an interesting copper shade for the lips.




8: Selena Gomez Metallic Blue


Brown eyes and bold electric shades are such a fiery combo. These metallic blue eyes by Selena are so beautiful and you should try it out. She also likes her waterline with a nude pencil and her lower lash line with a dark brown dark for depth. A generous sweep of coral blush and the same shade of creamy lips to tie the whole look together.




9: Skai Jackson’s 90s Cherry Lips

The classic cherry red lips, fluffy brows and a bit of gold highlights on the inner corners of the eyes is one look that will instantly make your brown eyes pop. How are we sure? Well, just take a look at Skai here and her gorgeous self. That's all the proof you need.




10: Priyanka Chopra’s Winged Liner With A Twist

The classic black winged liners have and always will be an all time fave. But you see this on Priyanka is definitely giving us chic and sassy vibes. It's simple and easy to recreate. You can try this with a base, a eyeshadow or none at all, pair it with nude lips or with bold lips just like Priyanka did.




11: Gwen Stefani Full Glam With Full Lashes

Who says full glam isn't trending anymore, well check again. This full on gold smokey eyes with voluminous lashes to match by Gwen is giving boss babe vibes. To recreate, get out your favourite golden eyeshadow and pair that with a dark brown dark on the outer corner.

You'll also be needing two pairs of lashes, a nice thick and long set for your upper lashes and a scanty short set for your lower lashes. Don't forget to use a white or nude liner in your waterline. 




12: Ashley Graham’s Pink Fairy Glam

Pink shimmery eyes, pink blushy cheeks and pink lips with a hint of green in the lower lash line? Sign us up Ashley! Try this look for when you want to look like the star of the show. You'll definitely get heads turning.



13: Shay Mitchell's White and Mahogany Combo

Okay, we have another brown lippie but this time with a soft off white almost grey shade on the eyes. The choice of colour makes Shay's hazel eyes look like warm honey and they contrast beautifully with the dark mahogany brown on her lips.




14: Zendaya’s Classic Smokey

Smokey eyes on brown eyes? Yes please. To recreate, draw inspiration from Zendaya's look. You can use black, dark browns or plum to recreate this. Apply the shade all across your crease and lower lash line while avoiding the inner corners. Instead apply a light shimmery gold to those corners to draw light to your eyes and make them pop.




15: Beyonce's Pink Liner

What's better than black or blue liner on brown eyes? It's pink and Beyonce shows us just how it's done. With a dense angle blush apply a pink eyeshadow on your upper and lower lash line and finish up with a mascara.




16: Emily Ratajkowski and The Smokey Blues


Smokey eyes but make it blue. You'll need two shades of blue to recreate this. A light shade for the inner corners and a darker shade for the outer corners of your eyes. Blend properly so there are no harsh lines, tightline and add a generous layer of mascara.



17: Salma Hayek’s Green Emerald

Switch up your style with this emerald inspired makeup style. Forest green and emerald are opposites of brown so they compliment brown eyes perfectly.



18: Dua Lips 2000s inspired look


On the opposite side of brown, right beside emerald green is purple and it is a perfect colour for brown eyes. Here, Dua Lips uses the colour purple in a shimmery texture for her eyes in this 90s inspired makeup style.



19: Michaela Cole’s Bronze Copper

The  definition of brown skin girl, we have Michaela Cole serving bronze skin and coppery eyes which pairs wonderfully with a gold studded outfit. This is your sign to pair this look with that gold outfit you have sitting in your wardrobe.




20: Ariana Grande’s Blushy Cheeks


What other way to bring life to your face than with blush? I mean, brown eyes are calm enough, so beat things up with some extra blush to the cheeks. Make sure you're using blush that matches your skin tone.



Tips and Tricks for Enhancing Brown Eyes

With brown eyes, it's almost impossible to get your makeup application wrong.

However, it doesn't hurt to know these tricks and tips as they'll help boost your makeup game, while at the same time making your brown eyes stand out:


1: Experiment with Different Textures: Don’t be afraid to mix matte and shimmer eyeshadows. This is quite obvious but a lot of people play too simply. Going with matte eyes, matte lips and an overall matte face can leave your face looking dull and lifeless. Combining different textures will add the much needed dimension and interest to your eye makeup look.


2: Use White or Nude Eyeliner: For brown eyes to pop, this is the holy grail. Applying white or nude eyeliner to your waterline can make your eyes appear larger and more awake. This trick is especially useful for those early mornings when you need a little extra boost. The best part is you don't even need to wear a bright eyeshadow colour or any eyeshadow to pull this off. Just make sure to apply mascara to your bottom lashes for that extra oomph.


3: Try Tightlining: Tightlining is one underrated step and honestly, it makes all the difference. Tightlining involves applying eyeliner to the upper waterline. This technique can make your lashes look fuller and your eyes more defined without the need for a visible eyeliner line. Tightlining is particularly useful for my ladies with monolid , hooded eyes or droopy eyelids. You already know how much of a hassle it can be to line your eyes without smudging it all over the eyeshadow. So try this insteading of your regular eyeliner or do both for even better results.


4: Play with False Lashes: False lashes can take your eye makeup to the next level. Choose lashes that complement your eye shape and desired look, whether it’s natural and fluttery or bold and dramatic.


5: Don’t Forget the Lower Lash Line: Eyeshadows aren't meant for just the crease of your eye. Applying a bit of eyeshadow or eyeliner to your lower lash line can balance your look and add extra definition. Just be sure to blend well to avoid a harsh line.


6: Highlight the Centre of Your Lid: For a more dimensional look, apply a shimmery or metallic eyeshadow to the centre of your eyelid. This technique can make your eyes appear bigger and more radiant.



Brown eyes are beautiful and they offer endless possibilities for makeup experimentation.

Whether you’re going for a natural daytime look or a dramatic evening style, there’s a makeup look out there that will make your brown eyes shine.


Remember to consider your skin tone when choosing colours, and don’t be afraid to play with different textures and techniques. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create stunning makeup looks that enhance the natural beauty of your brown eyes.

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