I love brown eye shadows. I feel that this is the most useful and wearable color from the lot as compared to blues and greens (not that I don’t like them once in a while). As a result I gravitate towards brown/neutral eye shadow palettes or even singles (I love NYX Champaign & Caviar palette).
After browns I think I have grey and purple the most, but probably I’ll do another post on that some other time.
I mistakenly believed that a simple matt brown eye shadow looked good on all eye colors. Not true.
Ok, well that is partially true in the sense that you can never go horribly wrong with it. You will always look decent and presentable in browns. Besides it suits every eye color and skin tone.
However I also noticed that certain tints of brown seemed to suit my green/grey eyes more than others. I got comparing, researching, talking and experimenting and found that there some shades and tints of brown that can make your eyes look even more pretty and elevate brown from the boring, back-up eye shadow or stand by crease definer status to holy grail.
Green Eyes- If you've got green or hazel eyes (gold/yellowy), look for dark browns with a hint of yellow undertones such as the color khaki or caramel or a hint of gold shimmer. The yellow brings out the green in the eyes beautifully.
Tip: I have green/grey eyes, and I just adore Jordana eyeshadow single – Hot Cocoa. It is a very nice chocolate brown with very subtle golden shimmer. I love pairing this with my Colorbar I-glide eyeliner Prunella (purple) if I want to really play up the green in my eyes.
Blue Eyes- I seriously doubt how many Indians have blue eyes (My eyes were blue when younger, but well) but if you are wearing lenses or are one of those lucky people, check out light browns with a gold tint (like sand colored) or browns with a greyish purple tint (taupes).
Light brown eyes: Metallic coppery or bronze, girls is your best brown friend. Reddish brown tints make your brown eyes appear even deeper brown and intense.
Tip: Actually this is a very common color and you will be able to locate it in almost all brands. Jordana makes a eyeshadow pencil in this shade, but I can’t remember its name. (Sorry!)
Dark Brown Eyes and Black Eyes- If you have dark chocolate eyes, you can wear almost any shade of brown, but to make the best impact choose browns on the darker side with a charcoal tint so as not to get too matchy with your eye color. Girls with Dark Brown eyes can even use the same color as light brown eyes – coppery browns. Looks just as wow on them.
Tip: Matt dark earth brown is very common shade. The Maybelline Chai Latte Palette has this as its crease color (I think)
I have to thank my friend here, (who goes unnamed as per her wish), but who accompanies me on all my beauty trips. She has brown eyes and she helped me in lot in my experimentation at stores as well as with her experience with different brown eye shadows.
Of course this is just a tentative guide, and please by all means, feel free to wear and experiment with shades of brown you like.
What is your favorite shade of brown to play up your eyes?