Woman with brown eyes and natural makeup

Since brown doesn't have an opposite or complementary color on the color wheel, most eye makeup colors will work for women with brown eyes. Follow these simple makeup tips for brown-eyed gals to look your best and enhance your natural beauty.

Best makeup for women with brown eyes

"Brown eyes are the one color that most eyeshadow colors work well on," says SheKnows beauty expert Nina Sutton. "The determining factor is usually the depth of the eye color — are they almost black, or are they medium brown?" Women with brown eyes can also pull off both black and brown eyeliner (brown works best in the day and black at night).

For deep brown eyes

If your eyes are dark brown, medium to dark shades of eyeshadow will work for you. Try plum, forest green or charcoal gray. Check out the flecks of lighter color in your eyes and use those hues to select your eyeliner color.

"For darker brown eyes, also try dark browns or mauves," says Nina. "Gold and bronze is also beautiful on dark brown eyes."

For medium brown eyes

"Medium to light brown eyes can try green, violet or bronze colored eye shadows," says Nina. You truly can wear almost any color of eye makeup if you have medium brown eyes. A purple or green eyeshadow palette can work equally well for daytime. Experiment by pairing neutral shadow with metallic eyeliner in copper or bronze for evening.

For light brown eyes

Avoid black eyeliner, if you have light brown eyes, and use dark brown or other colors instead. Apply a neutral shade of shadow on the lid, a darker hue of the same color in the crease, and then line your eyes in gold or green to reflect the flecks of color in your iris.

If your eyes are so light they are hazel, try Champagne tones with violet, bronze or brown liner to define the eye, offers Nina.

Mix things up

Because dark colors can minimize the look of your eyes, you don't want to use too dark of eye makeup with brown eyes. Mix things up by combining dark brown eyeliner with light eyeshadow to put the focus on your eyes, making them look big and bright.

For a spectacular evening look, brown-eyed ladies should try a metallic silver shadow on the lid paired with a metallic plum eyeliner along the bottom lash line. You'll knock 'em dead with this color combination that really brings out your beautiful brown eyes.

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Comments on "Makeup tips for brown eyes"

Tara January 28, 2014 | 11:18 PM

Hey Emily! Okay, try making your eyes appear bigger by doing your eyeliner and as for the eye shadow I don't really put a lot of effort in my eye shadow. I have brown eyes and at first I always used plum, greens, and greys but if known of these aren't working, try going for metallic colors. I love silvers and gold since they add some depth too the color but I also never shy from using a mix of colors. Try a light color and a darker color in the corner or a bright color on the inside of your eye. Don't be afraid to experiment at home too. practice makes perfect! Love -Tara

emily August 29, 2013 | 5:35 AM

i have dark brown eyes ,my eyes are tiny so plum ,green and grey dont blend well with my eyes. what to do ????

Anonymouschick June 14, 2013 | 5:48 PM

My eye color is very dark brown would the colors like plum green and grey still work? if not what other colors can i use? And also i have small "asian" like eyes any tips on how to do my makeup?

Alemtsehay June 11, 2013 | 7:35 AM

my eye is medium brown how can i used make up and my face is round ow can i used makeup too

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