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.
We can’t talk about heat and smolder without bringing up the hottest palette to drop this year. This palette is an essential for your makeup stash, and it makes perfect application a breeze.
This 15 shadow palette is equal parts creamy and pigmented. With a good balance of shimmers and mattes, a few brown shades for balance and a $15 price point, what’s not to love?
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.
This punchy palette is for the girl who loves a little — or a lot of — color. These shadows have great payoff and are vibrant AF. Use with an eyeshadow primer for best results.
This palette is the best $10 you’ll ever spend. The shadows go on smooth, and the little palettes fit into even the tiniest bag you own.