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

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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 accentuating your eyes, the typical rule of thumb is to wear a color the exact opposite of your iris hue. Consider the color wheel from your elementary-school art class — pairing colors directly across from each other on the wheel made both shades look more vivid. The same holds true for eyes and makeup: 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, as brown is a blend of several colors. Good news, though! Because brown eyes have hints of so many different colors (and is a neutral color, too), they look good sporting the widest variety of shadow shades.

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That said, we looked to celebrities on the red carpet to see what really made brown eyes pop. While a range of bronze, coffee, and chestnut hues are an easy and flattering choice, purples and greens in various tones truly make chocolate eyes look stunning, regardless of complexion or hair color. (This is likely because blending purple and green make — you guessed it — brown.) To find the right shade for you, find your skin's undertone first. Warm skin tones will lean golden or olive, while cooler ones will have a blue or pink cast. 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. Still stuck? We've rounded up our top picks in each shade category.

Purple Shadow

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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

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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

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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 brow bone, then shading in the crease with Smog for a sexy but wearable style.


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spirit35 spirit35 8 years
Thanks for all the tips ladies,my eyes look very dark from a distance but up close they are brown,gold and green so I usually just stick with brown or just mascara but would love to try something different.
HeartCandy00 HeartCandy00 9 years
I am so confused,lol, if you wear green eyeshadow what kind of lipstick/lipglosss do you wear with it? And does brown and bronze shades show up on darker people?
kixstr8up kixstr8up 10 years
MissE i totally agree, humid by MAC is fantastic! i use it as eyeliner.
MissE MissE 10 years
I have a interesting combination of yellow-brown-green eyes. I've found that if I wear certain colors I can definitely enhance different pigments. To bring out the Brown try Humid by MAC. An oldie but a GREAT green color. To bring out the Green try Gash by Urban Decay. It's a wearable red and blends very well. The green flecks in your eyes will look fab. To bring out the Yellow try Purple Haze also by Urban Decay. (This brand has such fun colors). Have fun :)
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
Yay for the Brown-Eyed Girls! I LOVE wearing deep metallic greens, athough they're best for the evening. During hte day I tend to stick with gold, or sometimes brown.
avuee avuee 10 years
"Gold Dust" by Origins is another pretty metallic color. avuee | a collection of random thoughts
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Oh, now I can... Yay for chocolicious eyes! I *use* Lancome's Click! I love it! I use it with Lancome's Gaze and MAC's Eye Kohl in Prunella and MAC's Sketch eye shadow. I want to try some of these others too..
kylake kylake 10 years
I've used that gold-green color with my brown eyes and it looks really good. I'd recommend it to all fellow brown-eyed Popples. It's a nice change and a color you don't see that often.
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