When it comes to eyeshadows, choosing colours can be tricky, especially if you’re wanting your eye colour to pop. And for our brown-eyed beauties out there, the hue may be the most common—but it’s by far the most fun to work with.
While finding colours that perfectly compliment brown eyes can feel daunting, relax, because it doesn’t have to be.
There are eyeshadows out there to suit every eye colour, and remember that there is no hard or fast rule when it comes to makeup—wear whatever you like, beauty is meant to encourage self-confidence no matter the product or method.
For all those lucky enough to sport a pair of rich, chocolate brown eyes, there’s a whole colour wheel of hues that are built to draw attention to your iris’ and highlight them in the best way possible.
The Best Eyeshadow Colours for Brown Eyes
And while brown-eyed beauties have the entire spectrum to play with, Reneau believes that there are a certain set of hues that are perfect for adding dimension to the tiny specks of lighter colours in the eye.
“Brown eyes look beautiful with shades of purple and plums and gold to bring out the natural flecks a lot of brown eyes have,” she suggests.
“You can always figure out which shades are complimentary by going old school and looking at a colour wheel choosing the shade family across from your eye colour,” she advises. And of course, as she already predicted, the colour opposite brown on the wheel are lilacs and purples.
If you’re hunting for a colour to wear day-to-day, then reach for softer and more delicate shades that offer a whisper of warmth. And if you’re trying to add more depth to your eyes, opt for deeper hues in amber, grey or purple undertones.
For those trying to find the flecks of colour in their eyes, try sourcing a warm brown eyeshadow with copper undertones, that can help bring out green and gold flashes. For an ultra dramatic look, try hints of red in an eyeshadow to contrast the green or gold.
“We believe that beauty rules are made to be broken, so if you see a colour that you love you should wear it no matter what colour your eyes are,” she reassures. “If it makes you feel beautiful or powerful, it’s the right colour for you.”
Still interested in finding some complimentary shades? Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best, most fun eyeshadows for brown eyes.
The Best Eyeshadow Products To Buy for Brown Eyes
Tartelette Palette in ‘Bloom Clay’ by Tarte, $69 at Sephora.
Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in ‘Sunrise Pink’ by Bobbi Brown, $51 at Adore Beauty.
That’s My Jam On-The-Fly Eyeshadow Palette by Too Faced, $43 at MECCA.
Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Born to Beam’ by M.A.C. Cosmetics, $39 at Adore Beauty.
Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in ‘Bountiful Beige’ by Clinique, $41 at Adore Beauty.
Retro Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona, $106 at Sephora.
City Mini Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Rooftop Bronzes’ by Maybelline, $20.99 at Priceline.
Luxury Palette in ‘Pillow Talk Dreams’ by Charlotte Tilbury, $80 at MECCA.
Zoom Shadow Stick in ‘Copper’ by MECCA MAX, $19 at MECCA.