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Eye Shadow 101: How to Make Brown Eyes Look Bigger With Makeup

As the old saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. Why wouldn't you want to dress those windows with some stunning curtains? We're talking about eye shadow, of course! When it comes to accessorizing your eyes, the typical rule of thumb is to wear a color the exact opposite of your iris hue — gold looks great on blue eyes, green peepers can seriously rock pink shades, and so on. But with brown eyes, that go-to hue is harder to define.

We looked to celebrities on the red carpet for inspiration, and we weren't too surprised by what we found — browns, purples, and greens in various tones make chocolate eyes look stunning, regardless of complexion or hair color. For example, Lupita Nyong'o has a cool undertone, as does her pretty grape shadow to better suit her skin. Alternatively, Kim Kardashian's olive complexion looks best with a bronze pencil. A creamy black pencil on both the upper and lower waterlines will also help your eyes stand out.

Purple Shadow

For an easy purple look, try our plum smoky eye tutorial. You could also smudge Tarte Smoldereyes Waterproof Liner in Fig ($22) across the whole lid — it's quick and quite sexy.

Green Shadow

For green, the hunter hue of Sephora's MicroSmooth Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Green Flash ($19) wows as a lower lash liner with its soft sandy counterparts on the lid.

Bronze Shadow

For bronze shades, we like the original Urban Decay Naked palette ($54) for its variety. Try using Half Baked on the entire lid up to the browbone, then shading in the crease with Smog for a sexy but wearable style.


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