Brown eyes may be the most common, but they’re far from boring. Depending on how you play them up them with makeup, brown eyes can be mysterious, exotic, seductive and soulful–all at the same time.
Of course, the key to making the most of your gorgeous brown eyes is choosing products that enhance–not take away from–your natural beauty. And as it turns out, the eyeshadow and eyeliner colors you select can be your very worst enemy or best friend, says Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup, pro makeup artist and beauty expert. The most common–and least flattering–makeup mistake women with brown eyes make according to Trotter? Wearing brown eyeshadow! Everyone loves a neutral, but dark-eyed women have to be careful not to select colors that will fall flat on them. “Steer clear of matte, brown shadows that match your eye shade–it’s one of the few shades that doesn’t work on brown eyes,” Trotter says. “Often, brown-eyed girls think that brown will look the most natural, but on brown eyes, brown shadow looks flat and dull. If you’re wanting a natural look, switch to a shimmery bronze or taupe if you have lighter skin or golds and champagnes if you have a deeper skin tones. Another important tip? Always pick formulas with subtle shimmer (not glitter) and these shades will make your eyes light up.”
When creating a smokey eye, Trotter offers this crucial tip: Don’t just reach for the nearest black eyeliner pen because it looks amazing on green-eyed Adele. To create a smoky brown eye, you’ll have to think outside the box. “Black can look blah on you,” Trotter says. “Try deep charcoal or navy instead–your eyes will really glow.”
Lastly, Trotter warns women with brown eyes not to forget about lip and cheek shades. “Keeping your lip/cheek colors in the beige/brown family is not the most flattering on women with brown eyes,”Trotter says. “Use rosy tones on your cheeks and lips or you’ll risk looking really washed out.”
For more beauty tips and news, check out the one thing girls with brown hair should never do and how to make brown eyes pop.
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