Brown is a mix of all the primary colors, so there are a lot of options you could choose from. So get excited knowing that you have a lot of freedom when it comes to choosing an eyeshadow color. Greens and cobalt blues will help pick up different flecks of color in your eyes and this will realy make them pop. While coppers and golds will help them glisten and shine. Copper is a good complement since it helps highlight whatever shade of brown you have. Golds, and many other warm metallics for that matter, make brown eyes glisten. If you have even the tiniest highlight in your dark brown eyes, a good gold eyeshadow can put its shine into overdrive.
Warm up a neutral shadow shade, like bone or taupe, with a layer of copper shadow on the outer halves of your lids. It will highlight your eye color, and the shimmer will add a little texture. Warm metallics, simply put, make brown eyes glisten. They highlight even the slightest hint of gold undertones.
Deep blue is the best bet for daytime, office-appropriate cat eyes—it also animates brown eyes without looking severe, as black sometimes does. It creates a slight but eye-catching contrast.
For a pretty eye-makeup look that’s neither drab or cuckoo-bananas, go green. Don’t be afraid to try different finishes. Green tones come in a wide range of matte and metallic shades, they’ll all pick up any flecks in brown.
Similar color principles apply to eyeliners. If you’re not willing to commit to full gold eyeshadow, try for a subtle gold liner on your top or bottom lid. Silver eyeliner can also work really well to bring out the highlights in your eyes. You can also play around with some navy or electric blue eyeliners if you have brown eyes. They’re an easy swap from a boring black liner.
Purple shades best enhance brown eyes with hazel flecks, it not only flatters brown irises, it makes the whites of the eyes look seriously bright. If you’re not willing to commit fully to the purple mascara look try a burgundy color. It’s a less extreme option for brown eyes. As always blue can be a go-to – it’s a subtle, yet amazing alternative to black mascara. People might not notice this one at first, but once a little light hits your lashes you’ll definitely turn heads. Try a gold mascara to add some shimmer and contrast to your lashes and irises.