The Eyeshadow Colors You Should Wear To Enhance Brown Eyes

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Do you happen to notice lots of brown eyes wherever you go? We do, too, as most people on the planet have brown eyes. Those alluring, woodsy irises are the natural eye color of between 70% and 80% of everyone in the world (via Vision Center). But even though so many people have brown eyes, there are many different shades and variations of this frequently-seen eye color, and each form of brown eyes is beautiful in different ways. For instance, light brown eyes typically exude a gentle, playful, and often youthful vibe due to their bright hue. On the other hand, dark brown eyes usually come across as mysterious and intense because the deep look can make them seem hard to read. Finally, medium brown eyes typically give off a warm, trustworthy aura.


Some people with this neutral hue bemoan the fact that they don't provide the natural pop of color you'd get from blue, hazel, or green eyes. But all the shades of brown eyes are gorgeous, and they can provide more variety than you might expect. For instance, using eyeshadow is an excellent way to enhance your brown eyes to make them appear more unique!

Go for green eyeshadow to contrast brown eyes

While green and brown are very different colors, they both exude a nature-esque, earthy vibe, so they typically work well together in fashion and beauty. Plus, different shades of green will complement various forms of brown eyes. For example, an ultra-light, yellow-green eyeshadow will add to the innocent-looking charm of light or medium brown eyes, while shimmery green shadows will add to the depth of darker brown irises. "Don't be afraid to try different finishes," makeup artist Emily Kate Warren tells Allure. "Green tones come in a wide range of matte and metallic shades — they'll all pick up any flecks in brown."


Anyone with brown eyes searching for a bold yet light shimmery green shadow should check out the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow in Freak for a lime green shimmer. Available for less than $20 at Sephora, this shiny vegan eyeshadow has over 4 out of 5 stars with more than 200 reviews, and the vast majority of reviewers recommend it. Or, if you want an affordable eyeshadow palette that provides multiple shades of green from super light to very dark, you should consider the SHEGLAM Cactus Cool Palette, selling for around $8 at Shein. Featuring a plethora of leafy options, this palette has a near-perfect rating from thousands of satisfied shoppers.

Playful purple eyeshadow brings brown eyes to life

If you have brown eyes and like purple eyeshadow, you'll be happy to know that this royal color is a flattering choice for brown eyes. "All shades of purple, from eggplant to lavender, work on brown eyes because it brings out the truest brown color in your irises," makeup artist Vanessa Ungaro tells Glamour. It's true; deep purple eyeshadow makes brown eyes appear richer and warmer. Plus, darker, sparkly purple eyeshadow makes dark brown eyes look more intense than ever for a head-turning look. And lavender shadows make brown eyes seem lighter and brighter.


Anyone who has brown eyes and is hunting for some highly-rated purple eyeshadow should look into Revlon's ColorStay Day to Night palette in 530, Seductive. This quad features four shimmery purple shadows, including super light, somewhat light, medium, and dark shades. And it's no wonder that this mini-eyeshadow palette is an Amazon's Choice item, as it has a star rating of 4+ with more than 14,000 reviews. As reviewer Bollycats concisely sums the palette up, "This was a great price for a nice selection of shades. Makes my eyes pop!"

Brown eyes sparkle with gold eyeshadow

You don't always need to rock a bold hue like green or purple to enhance your brown eyes; golden shadows can also make your irises look more defined. According to MasterClass, since many pairs of brown eyes already have hints of yellow and gold, golden eyeshadows will help bring out the more glam undertones of your natural shade. Whether you opt for a warmer variation of gold eyeshadow or a lighter, more buttery glitter, your eyes will pop. "Gold toned eyeshadows are my go to when searching for a color to accentuate brown eyes," makeup artist Ashley Gomila tells Ipsy. "I lean towards that tone because it makes a darker eye color more alluring and mesmerizing."


If you're looking for a shiny golden eyeshadow to enhance your brown eyes, you should consider the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Cheap Date, available at Ulta for only $6. This reliable, cruelty-free eyeshadow has an impressive rating of over 4 stars with more than 900 reviews. Or, if you prefer using eyeshadow in stick form, the ColourPop Colour Stix Eyeshadow in Tempt sells for around $7 and also has over 4 stars. Either way, golden eyeshadow will never fail to make your brown irises shine. So, which of these eyeshadow colors do you plan to use first?