Whether your eyes are a natural shade of brown, or you have elected to enhance your gaze with a delectable pair of chocolaty lenses, your gaze will set hearts a-thumpin’ with the right shadow. Rejoice, brown-eyed ladies, as your smoldering stare is more versatile than any other. Because your irises have flecks from all across the color wheel, you can’t go wrong when choosing your makeup. With this in mind though, below are a few ideas to get you started!
1) The concept of “brown” spans across a wide spectrum of tones, from honey to almost-black. If you fall to the lighter end of the range, avoid harsher pigments that could potentially overwhelm your eyes.
2) Embrace contrasts! While blue shadow paired with blue eyes would be excessive, you can rock this shade. The warmness of your natural look matched with the cool undertones is a match made in heaven. Light blues are youthful and flirty, while darker versions are office appropriate, especially when blended with peaches or neutrals. Similarly, your eyes will truly pop when framed by purples. For a ladylike appearance that is apt for nighttime, try blending plum with blacks and grays for a nontraditional spin on the classic “smoky eye.”
3) Bring out the flecks of your irises with greens, coppery reds and champagne. To truly make your eyes twinkle, purchase metallic variations.
4) Of course, you aren’t restricted to merely bright hues. Earthy shadings are nestled into your arsenal as well! Browns and beiges will add a subtle, refined look that will balance any bold lipsticks you wear in order to not overwhelm viewers.
5) Good news! You don’t have to stick to solely black eyeliners and mascaras. Items like white eyeliner and purple mascara will allow you to playfully experiment with your look and, due to your neutrally-tinted coloring, you won’t have to worry as much as others would about clashing.
Most makeup experts recommend using an eye makeup primer before applying eye shadows, liners and mascaras. If you spend time looking just right every morning and wonder why at 3 pm your eye shadow is gone and your liner is smudged, it is because using an eye primer was skipped in your application process. For additional tips on applying shadows, check out our blog post about makeup and contact lenses.
Remember, while purchasing eye makeup not restricted in any way, prescription and cosmetic or colored contact lenses are classified as medical devices by the FDA. You will need a doctor’s prescription to purchase a pair of brown-eyed peepers; the exception is Air Optix Colors, which allow you to use another Air Optix prescription to obtain this line. Be warned, contacts that do not fit your cornea properly can cause severe irritation or can possibly scratch the cornea. And let’s face it, brown eyes might be fascinating, but vexed red eyes are never a chic look.