Eyeshadow is one of the more mystical things in makeup — you know there are people who are good at it, but you’re not exactly sure why or how. When done right it can take your makeup look to the next level, and while technique is important (it’s all about blending!) — the color choice is just as important. If you have brown eyes, you’re in luck: It’s the most versatile color of the bunch, meaning you can pull off just about any eyeshadow color. You can go dark with matte navy or keep it neutral with soft pinks — the choice is yours. Check out our favorite palettes and shades for brown-eyed babes, ahead:
Warm Brown and Neutral Palettes
Warm browns and neutrals really accentuate your brown eyes and are great options for the makeup lover who is just getting into eyeshadow. Khaki colors like Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in Khaki Camo and palettes like the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette will give your eyes dimension and make them pop.
This cult-favorite palette has achieved popularity for a reason: The high-quality, pigmented shadows are blendable AF, and there’s no shortage of tutorials teaching you how to make the most out of this palette.
There are few things we love more than an all-brown palette. Use all of these for a dimensional eye look or use one all over for a pretty wash of brown. One of our favorite shades is Cherrywood — a reddish brown that looks great in just about everyone’s crease.
Sometimes all you need is a single, reliable shadow — and we come back to Sin time and time again. Urban Decay is known for their shadows, and this one is the perfect color to add to your collection.
It Cosmetics IT Girl Limited Edition Palette
This is the only palette you need in your makeup stash. One side has brown shades, and the other has neutral, berry shades — equal parts matte and shimmers. We’re obsessed!
Oranges and Reds
Oranges and reds warm up the eye and are the perfect colors to create a smoldering look. As a brown-eyed babe, feel free to go for an understated burnt orange or a bright neon eye — either way, you’ll look fly.
These cult-fave shadows are a must-have in any beauty junkie’s stash. With bright pigmented colors and shimmers that pull double-duty as highlighters — this is a portable palette that’s worth every penny. We love Jamila, a burnt red shadow that works as a transition shade or all over the lid.
Purples and Greens
If you want to go bold, try purples and greens on the eye.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.