15 Makeup Tutorials That Will Make You Love Your Brown Eyes
When browsing through makeup tutorials, it's easy to feel like having brown eyes is a bit of a disadvantage. It seems like gals with blue, green, or hazel irises get all the fun DIYs that make their eyes pop. But honestly, we brown-eyed girls have the upper hand. We can rock nearly any shadow shade with ease, but simply swiping on some neutrals is enough to take our gaze from sweet to sensual.
Read on! Besides coaching you on how to bump up your lash volume, add in warmer or bolder colors, or highlight your brow bone, these 15 stunning tutorials will make you fall in love with your eye color all over again.
Beauty pro Sona Gasparian covers all your bases in this video: she explains which colors you should stock in your kit, as well as demonstrates application techniques that will help your features stand out. She also offers tips for customizing and varying this look — adding ways for viewers to boost the drama or use their own products to create something similar.
Using warm shades of shadow, cat-eye liner, and voluminous false lashes, Laure Lee shares her method for highlighting her large, dark-brown eyes. While this smoky, sexy makeup works on any eye color, the mocha, red, and brown tones look especially complementary against chocolate-hued irises.
The remarkably talented Adelaine Morin filmed this video when she was going into her senior year of high school and focuses on a simple, morning-friendly routine that's appropriate for younger makeup fanatics. Her bubbly, fun personality is a pleasure to watch, and her full-face demonstration is easy to follow. The eye routine includes a winged liner, light shadows, and under-eye bronzer for a cute, captivating look.
In this video from TypeF's SignatureSeries, celebrity expert Spencer Barnes chooses a blue palette for drawing attention to brown eyes, creating a fashion-forward yet wearable look. While blue may initially seem like an odd (or nerve-racking) choice, Barnes explains that since brown is closest to orange and red tones on the color wheel, blue shades (their opposite) make brown eyes stand out with this strong look.
For girls with brown eyes, this tutorial from NaturallyBelleXO is your makeup beauty bible. She provides viewers with five different options, from basic to a night out. Each style is chosen specifically to help brighten and accentuate dark eyes, and she demonstrates them using easy-to-understand language and simple techniques.
ModaMob's take on brown peepers is more information-based than tutorial-based and encourages viewers to try out colored shadows (including blues and greens) to transform this common color. They also advise that brown-eyed girls try out colored mascara, a fun, flirty choice for those willing to be adventurous with their eye makeup.
Created entirely with NYX (yes, drugstore!) products, BeautyyBird's take on a brown-eye-focused style uses red-orange and emerald-green shades to accent her peepers. Though the color combination sounds risky, the result is dramatic without being costumey. This DIY is a true testament to the payoff that testing colorful shadows can yield — especially for those with this eye color.
While using brightly colored shadows is definitely a fun, festive option for women with brown eyes, Jackie Aina shows us another party-ready choice: metallics. Her base layer is a black shadow, which she then blends out and tops with layers of sparkly golds and silvers for a gorgeous, eye-catching look.
This more casual, versatile take on a smoky eye is a wonderful go-to look for women with irises of any color, but because of the dark liner and red-orange shadows Claire Ashley uses, it's especially beneficial for those with brown eyes (like Claire herself).
NeneTanae's tutorial would look especially flawless on brown-eyed women with deeper complexions. She accents the eye area with a palette of shimmery peach shadows, winged liner, and fake lashes for a contoured, dramatic look that is still suitable for daytime. She finishes the style off with a nude lip that further draws attention upwards.
Inspired by Fall colors, SmashinBeauty uses a blend of copper, orange, and brown shadows to create a warm look especially suited for brown eyes. She is both clear and detailed in her demo, making this video ideal for beginners. If you want a DIY that suits your coloring but aren't necessarily sure where to start, watch this one.
If you haven't already tried it, purple shadow needs to be in your beauty arsenal as a brown-eyed gal — it'll make your eyes look brighter and even more beautiful. See Evita Polizzi's tutorial for proof. She originally created this purple look for Autumn, but the full face would work well for a romantic night out or party any time of the year.
Roxette Arisa's straightforward tutorial is packed with tips, tricks, and products that work well for girls with her same eye color. Though she uses a combination of deep plum, gold, and bronze shades, her techniques keep the makeup looking light, radiant, and fresh.
Rose Kimberly's seasonal take on a smoky eye uses olive greens to offset her dark-brown peepers for Fall. She explains what she's doing and why at each step, making her video particularly informative and helpful for beginners.
In addition to being a DIY for brown-eyed beauties, this tutorial focuses on the issues that hooded eyelids cause when applying makeup. While not everyone has both (or either) of these, the tips from Amy Maree Comber are still useful for anyone seeking ways to make their eyes stand out.