Best eyeshadow palettes for brown eyes

Best eyeshadow palettes for brown eyes

Ahhh, brown eyes. The most common of the iris colours. And therefore the least desired. Seriously, have you ever heard someone say, “Ugh, what I would give for brown eyes!”? Or what about, “Whhhhhyyy didn’t I get my dad’s brown eyes? Whhhhyyy?”

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But you know what? Brown eyes are just as pretty as baby blues or emerald greens (having brown eyes myself gives me no bias). They can be just as striking, just as enticing, and just as covetable. And to ensure they always look their best, it’s a great – nay wonderful! – idea to enhance your peepers by picking the eyeshadow shades that’ll suit ‘em best.


There are two ways you can go about picking your eyeshadow shades. You can choose certain hues to intensify your eyes (so make them stand out even more), or you can go for shades that’ll complement your eyes.

If you want to enhance any shade of brown eyes, your best bet is to pick eyeshadows with blues and greens. Think navy, teal, turquoise, baby blue, cobalt blue, blue-greys and royal blues. These colours will be a wonderful contrast against your brown eyes.


ModelCO Eye Shadow Trio in Island Fever.

MAC Eyeshadow in Teal Appeal.

W Cosmetics CANMAKE Eye Nuance

If you would prefer to use a shade that’ll complement your eye colour, then you need to factor in the type of brown eyes you have.

For warm brown eyes

Warm brown eyes, like Camille Belle’s and Jennifer Lopez’s, are usually a bit lighter and feature more tones of yellow and green. The shades that’ll suit your eyes best are beiges, caramels, mid-browns, golds, golds with a teeny tiny hint of green, peaches, and even oranges and yellows.


jane iredalePurePressed Triple Eyeshadow

Natio Love Being You Colour Collection – Natural Nudes Mineral Eyeshadow Palette

W Cosmetics CANMAKE Perfect Stylist Eyes

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Beige

For cool brown eyes

Cool brown eyes tend to be a bit darker and deeper, and have hints of red or purple in them. Keri Washington and Jessica Alba’s eyes are perfect examples. For your eyes, it’s best to use shades like pinks (especially dusty pink), burgundies, dark browns, purples, and metallics like copper and bronze.


Natio Mineral Baked Eyeshadow Trio

Maybelline New York Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Palette in Seductive.

Do you have brown eyes? Which colours do you often wear to bring out your eyes?

The product recommendations in this article have been updated to keep beautyheaven members informed of the most up-to-date related products.

Main image: @jessicaalba

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