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The 10 Best Eyeshadows for Brown Eyes in 2021

The 10 Best Eyeshadows for Brown Eyes in 2021

Brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world, but it turns out that finding the right shade of eyeshadow for brown eyes can be quite the challenge considering the sea of options on the internet. They’re warm and inviting and can easily be complemented with the right shade of eyeshadow, but just any eyeshadow won’t do. In this guide, we’ll help you find the perfect eyeshadows for your gorgeous brown eyes — no matter your hair color or complexion.

How to Pick the Best Eyeshadow for Brown Eyes

If you have brown eyes, consider yourself lucky, because this eye color is super versatile and can be adorned by numerous eyeshadows. There are loads of different types of eyeshadows to choose from and you’ll want to consider their finish, too. Below, you will find the most common types of eyeshadows along with their pros and cons.

Powder

If there is one type of eyeshadow everyone is familiar with, it’s powder eyeshadows. There are two types of powder eyeshadows: Pressed powders and loose powders.

Pressed Powders

Pressed powder eyeshadows are perfect for beginners who are just starting to experiment with eye makeup. They are easy to apply and blend and come in a few different finishes: matte, shimmer, or satin. If you enjoy having a wide selection of colors to choose from, pressed powder eyeshadow palettes are for you.

Loose Powders

Loose eyeshadow powders are trickier to apply because they create a lot of glitter fallout. However, they deliver gorgeous pops of color that other eyeshadow types cannot replicate. This type of eyeshadow is best used by professionals or people who have loads of experience because of how pigmented they are.

We only have one loose powder option on our list. So, if that’s what you came for, check out the Brown Eyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette by Giselle Cosmetics.

If it’s your first time using a loose powder eyeshadow, check out this great loose powder tutorial by Cinthia’s Nest.

Cream

There is a lot to love about cream eyeshadows. First of all, they’re very easy to blend — whether you use a brush or your fingertips. Secondly, they don’t fade with time and are known for their long-lasting abilities. And lastly, they give off a gorgeous shimmery finish that makes your eyes sparkle — but in a very natural way.

However, keep in mind that cream eyeshadows may create eyelid creases, especially if you’re subjected to hot temperatures.

If you’re looking for a cream eyeshadow, our favorite one is the Earl Grey Eyeshadow by Revlon. It’s slightly metallic and looks wonderful on brown eyes.

Sticks

Eyeshadow sticks are very easy to apply and usually come in a creamy consistency. They’re a great option for those of you who don’t like to spend too much time applying your makeup. You can apply them without using a brush or your finger (unless you want to smudge them in), and they’re known for lasting all day long.

Eyeshadow sticks are especially practical if you enjoy wearing eyeshadow on your lower eyelids. Our favorite eyeshadow stick is the Champagne Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick by Julep.

Liquid

At first glance, you might mistake a liquid eyeshadow for a tube of lip gloss. Both these cosmetics come in a long tube and can be applied using a wand with a soft applicator tip. Liquid eyeshadows are very easy to apply, making them a perfect option for beginners or people with limited dexterity. These eyeshadows dry quickly and stay on the skin for long bouts of time.

If you’re looking for an amazing liquid eyeshadow, we recommend the Enhanced Earth Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila. However, just like cream eyeshadows, liquid eyeshadows tend to crease. So, if you live in a warm climate or have naturally oily skin, we recommend siding with a powder eyeshadow instead.

We searched the web for the best eyeshadows for brown eyes and found plenty of great options that we can’t wait to share with you. But, before we do, we invite you to visit our full guide where you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions and much, much, more.

Now, who’s ready to find out which eyeshadows made the grade?

Top 10 Best Eyeshadows for Brown Eyes 2021

1. Best Overall Eyeshadow: Roses Eyeshadow Palette by COVERGIRL

Roses Eyeshadow Palette by COVERGIRL

Why we like it: COVERGIRL’s Roses Eyeshadow Palette is an affordable and versatile palette that can create both soft and dark makeup looks. It’s nicely pigmented and doesn’t irritate the eyes.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Pressed powder
  • Finish: Shimmery matte

The Roses Palette by COVERGIRL contains 8 gorgeous colors. Once applied to the eyelids, they create a shimmery matte look. What’s great about this palette is that it has both light and dark shades, which allows you to create daytime and nighttime looks.

Soft pinks and purples make brown eyes pop — no matter your hair color. The same can also be said about neutrals like white, beige, and brown. This palette doesn’t contain extra flashy colors, so it won’t clash with colorful eyewear.

Plus, it’s soft on the skin, making it perfect for people who have eye sensitivities. COVERGIRL’s Roses Palette is nicely pigmented and spreads like butter. However, it doesn’t have the best hold power. If you want your makeup to last you all day long, we recommended applying an eye primer onto your eyelids before applying this eyeshadow.

If you have tanned or dark skin, every single color this palette has to offer will compliment you. However, if you have a very light skin tone, you may find that the deeper shades are too dark for your complexion (unless you enjoy a bold look, of course). Looking for a palette that works well with all skin tones? Check out the Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette by Almay.

Pros

  • Doesn’t irritate the eyes
  • A palette that offers daytime and nighttime looks
  • Gorgeous matte finish with shimmery undertones
  • Nicely pigmented

Cons

  • Eyeshadow may lose its vibrancy throughout the day
  • Darker shades may be too dark on pale skin

2. Best Budget Eyeshadow: Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette by Almay

Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette by Almay

Why we like it: Almay’s Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette brings all shades of brown to life with pops of earthy and natural colors. We love how the palette is designed: it shows you how to layer the eyeshadows to create a subtle yet smoking look.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Pressed powder
  • Finish: Velvet

The Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette by Almay contains 3 different colors that can be used together or independently. When used together, these colors combine to create a subtle smokey-eyed look. We love how Almay takes things a step further by labeling the colors and showing its users where to apply them on their eyelids. It makes creating a smokey eye a whole lot easier.

The Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette contains earthy shades of beige, brown, and green. These colors are perfect for brown-eyed makeup-lovers — no matter their shade of brown. It looks especially fantastic on people with brown eyes and red hair. However, if you have very light brown or hazel eyes, we recommend checking out Almay’s Smoldering Embers Eyeshadow Palette, too.

Almay products are cruelty-free and offer a very nice pigmentation. They’re also hypoallergenic — perfect for anyone prone to skin irritations. These eyeshadows will appear on all skin tones and are suitable for all-day wear — up to 16 hours to be exact.

Although the Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette has a velvet finish, you’ll notice that it contains a good amount of glitter. But this can be a little problematic since it causes glitter fallout. Another thing to consider is that the supplied eyeshadow wand isn’t all that useful. You’re better off using your fingers or one of your makeup brushes. Otherwise, the eyeshadow will be difficult to spread.

If you enjoy wearing green eyeshadow but are looking for something with a matte finish that is easy to apply, check out the Enhanced Earth Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila.

Pros

  • Hypoallergenic and cruelty-free
  • Long-lasting
  • Nice pigmentation
  • Creates both natural and sultry looks

Cons

  • Eyeshadow wand doesn’t spread the eyeshadow well
  • Prone to glitter fallout

3. Best Cream Eyeshadow: Earl Grey Eyeshadow by Revlon

Earl Grey Eyeshadow by Revlon

Why we like it: Earl Grey Eyeshadow by Revlon is creamy and easy to apply. We love how it doesn’t accentuate wrinkles like most cream eyeshadows do.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Cream
  • Finish: Shimmer

Brown eyes and grey eyeshadows were born to be together. But there are few grey eyeshadows that demand attention like Revlon’s Earl Grey. This creamy eyeshadow is borderline metallic. It’ll make eyes pop whether you use it as a primary color or as a means to tie a smokey-eyed look together.

What we love about this eyeshadow is how it doesn’t highlight eye wrinkles like most cream eyeshadows do. The more you blend it, the more it will hide wrinkles, which is why it is beloved by mature women. It’s highly pigmented and blends with ease, especially when you use your fingers instead of the provided brush (which doesn’t do much blending).

Revlon’s Earl Grey Eyeshadow is waterproof, but even then, it doesn’t last for up to 24 hours as promised. In general, you can expect up to 8 hours of coverage. If you enjoy rocking a vibrant and shimmery look, you’ll need to reapply it throughout the day.

It’s also important to note that when you apply too much product to your eyelids, you may create an eyelid crease. So, be sure not to lay in on heavy, and don’t forget to blend it in.

If you’re interested in trying out a metallic silver eyeshadow, but don’t like wearing cream eyeshadows, check out the Electric Violet Eyeshadow Palette by Rimmel. This palette contains a metallic grey option, amongst many other matte and shimmer options.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Highly pigmented
  • Gorgeous color that is easy to blend

Cons

  • Needs to be reapplied throughout the day
  • May create an eyelid crease if too much product is applied

4. Best Eyeshadow for Pale Skin: Revlon Seductive Colorstay Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon Seductive Colorstay Eyeshadow Palette

Why we like it: The Seductive Colorstay Eyeshadow Palette by Revlon stays on your eyelids for up to 16 hours. We love its gorgeous and soft shades of purple.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Pressed powder
  • Finish: Velvet

Purple eyeshadows look amazing on people with brown eyes. In fact, the darker your eyes are, the better the outcome will be. Revlon products are cruelty-free and super affordable. These colors come in a velvet finish. They’re very powdery and will not cause your makeup to crease.

Purple eyeshadows may clash with colorful eyewear — like red glasses. So, consider this before siding with the Seductive Revlon Palette. The good news is, however, that this eyeshadow is super long-lasting. So, if you have a demanding job that gives you little time to yourself throughout the day, you can bank on the Colorstay Eyeshadow Palette to last for up to 16 hours.

This eyeshadow palette has a low to medium pigmentation, which can make it a little difficult to spread on your eyelids. This is especially important to note if you have a dark complexion, as the darker colors lack sheerness and may not give you the burst of color you’re looking for. For this reason, we recommend this palette to those of you with light or tanned skinned.

If you have a darker skin tone and love adorning your brown eyes with shades of purple and pink, we’d point you towards the Roses Eyeshadow Palette by COVERGIRL instead. This palette contains highly-pigmented shadows that pop on darker skin tones.

Pros

  • Stays on the eyelids for up to 16 hours
  • Doesn’t separate into the eyelid creases
  • Gorgeous and soft shades
  • Cruelty-free

Cons

  • Low to medium pigmentation
  • May not pop on darker complexions

5. Best Premium Eyeshadow: Enhanced Earth Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila

Enhanced Earth Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila

Why we like it: Enhanced Earth Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila is highly pigmented and cruelty-free. We love how its color creates an earthy and calming look — Mother Nature would be proud.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Liquid
  • Finish: Matte

When it comes to liquid eyeshadows, Stila is where it’s at. Although many of Stila’s shades complement brown eyes, there is one that stands out: Enhanced Earth. This highly pigmented eyeshadow is very easy to apply thanks to its brush, which resembles the one of a tube of lip gloss.

It dries very quickly for a liquid eyeshadow and offers a punch of color that brings out the softness brown eyes are known for. It’ll work with your skin beautifully, no matter your skin tone. If you’re looking for an eyeshadow that doesn’t contain any sparkle or glitter, Enhanced Earth is for you. It dries in a matte finish and will last you all day long.

When you’re applying this liquid eyeshadow, it’s important to apply a little at a time. This is because applying too much of it can cause your eyelids to crease.

If you’re someone who wears contacts or has sensitive eyes that often turn red, green eyeshadow may cause them to appear redder than they actually are. In this case, we recommend selecting a more neutral color, like Nude Awakening or Smoky Silk.

Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Easy to apply and dries quickly
  • Long-lasting
  • Cruelty-free

Cons

  • May crease if too much is applied

6. Best Waterproof Eyeshadow: Julep Champagne Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick

Julep Champagne Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick

Why we like it: Champagne Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick by Julep goes on in a matter of seconds and will last all day, no matter the weather.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Eyeshadow stick
  • Finish: Shimmer

When you’re a new mom, you quickly find out that applying a full face of makeup is a thing of the past. Depending on your schedule, you may have to apply makeup with one hand while balancing your baby in the other. Or, you may have to apply makeup in your car before going to work. Julep’s Eyeshadow Sticks make it easy to apply eyeshadow in a matter of seconds, and with just one hand, too.

Julep has created tons of gorgeous shades but when it comes to brown eyes, there’s one color that takes the cake: Champagne Shimmer. No matter your shade of brown or skin tone, this gorgeous shade will add a pop of natural shimmer to your eyelids.

Julep’s Champagne Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free. It doesn’t contain harsh ingredients. You don’t have to apply an eyeshadow primer to prevent this eyeshadow from fading throughout the day. It’s long-lasting, and that’s partially thanks to its waterproof qualities.

On the bottom end of the Champagne Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick, you’ll find a smudger. However, it doesn’t distribute the eyeshadow too well, which can cause it to accumulate in one area, creating a crease line. To prevent this from happening, use your fingers to smudge it in instead.

We love how creamy the Champagne Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick is. However, the stick doesn’t contain a lot of product which is surprising considering its price range.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting eyeshadow that can offer you a similar look, we recommend the Space Cowboy Eyeshadow by Urban Decay. Although more expensive, it contains a lot of product and can also be used as a highlighter.

Pros

  • Hypoallergenic and cruelty-free
  • Long-lasting
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • May create a crease line
  • Stick doesn’t contain a lot of product

7. Best Eyeshadow Pallete: Rimmel Magnif'eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Rimmel Magnif'eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Why we like it: The Electric Violet Eyeshadow Palette by Rimmel has a wide variety of colors to give you options for days. You can use this palette to achieve a neutral, colorful, or dark look.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Pressed powder
  • Finish: Shimmer and matte

The Electric Violet Eyeshadow Palette by Rimmel was created for people with brown eyes who enjoy having options. This palette has a total of 12 colors. Some come in a matte finish, while others come in a shimmer finish — perfect for those who like to experiment with makeup.

Neutrals, pinks, and purples look gorgeous on brown eyes. But what this palette has that the other palettes on our list do not have is the color teal. Teal is a great eyeshadow color for people with brown eyes — especially if you have tanned or dark skin.

The Rimmel London brand isn’t cruelty-free, which can be a deal-breaker for some. Overall, these eyeshadows have a nice pigment that easily blends into the eyelids. But it isn’t as long-lasting as we’d like it to be, which is why we recommend using an eyeshadow primer to help retain its vibrancy.

If you’re looking for a versatile eyeshadow palette that’s easy on the skin and cruelty-free, check out the Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette by Almay instead. Some might find it too glittery, but this palette also has loads of colors to choose from — perfect for creating a multitude of looks.

Pros

  • Has a nice pigmentation that blends easily
  • Contains both matte and shimmer options
  • Wide range of colors

Cons

  • Not cruelty-free
  • Best used with an eyeshadow primer

8. Best Eyeshadow for Smokey-Eyed Look: Smoke Eyeshadow by Bobbi Brown

Smoke Eyeshadow by Bobbi Brown

Why we like it: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows offer superior pigmentation that lasts all day long. The Smoke Eyeshadow is a must-have if you enjoy the smokey-eyed look.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Pressed powder
  • Finish: Matte

If you want to make your brown eyes pop, a smokey-eye is the way to go. Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows are known for their supreme pigments. Applying them to your eyelids is easy because they spread like butter. The Smoke Eyeshadow offers a gorgeous grey-brown hue that sets in a matte finish.

You don’t need to add an eyeshadow primer to your eyelids before applying Bobbi Brown’s Smoke. This is because it is so pigmented that it will stay put all day long. If you work long hours and don’t have the time to reapply your makeup, this eyeshadow will keep its vibrancy throughout the day.

The Smoke eyeshadow can also be used to line your eyebrows. So, if you have brown eyebrows, you can use this eyeshadow in more ways than one.

Keep in mind, however, that the Smoke shade is a bit lighter in person than it appears in pictures. And, if you want to pair this eyeshadow with other shades, it’s best to use Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows as they will offer the same pigmentation.

Unfortunately, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows are not cruelty-free and do contain some harsher ingredients. This isn’t ideal if you have sensitive skin or wish to support cruelty-free makeup brands. If you’re looking for a cruelty-free eyeshadow palette that can create a flawless smokey-eye, check out the Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette by Almay.

Pros

  • Very pigmented
  • Lasts all day long
  • Can be used to line eyebrows
  • Soft matte eyeshadow that can create dramatic looks

Cons

  • Color is a little lighter than it appears in pictures
  • Doesn't blend as well when used alongside other brands

9. Best Eyeshadow for Sensitive Eyes: Urban Decay Space Cowboy Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Space Cowboy Eyeshadow

Why we like it: Urban Decay’s Space Cowboy Eyeshadow was made for glitter-lovers. Its golden hues make brown eyes look warm and inviting. We love how it can be used as a highlighter, too.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Pressed powder
  • Finish: Glitter

If there’s one eyeshadow color that brings out the warmth and depth of brown eyes, it’s gold. Although a little pricey for a single shade of eyeshadow, Urban Decay’s Space Cowboy Eyeshadow can match with every outfit and skin tone. It can also double as a highlighter so you can get the most bang for your buck.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous medium gold eyeshadow that has a strong glitter finish, this is the eyeshadow for you. Although you will experience some glitter fall out, Space Cowboy Eyeshadow is long-lasting and can see you through a full day of work.

Unlike some low-quality pressed eyeshadows, which can be hard to blend, the Space Cowboy Eyeshadow has a very soft and creamy texture. It’s easy to apply—especially if you use a tapered eyeshadow brush, as this helps with precision.

Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand that doesn’t contain any sulfates or phthalates, making it the best choice for you if you have sensitive skin. This shade of gold makes dark brown eyes pop. However, it complements brown eyes of all shades.

If you’re a sucker for gold eyeshadows but want a palette with more than one color option, check out the Brown Eyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette by Giselle Cosmetics instead.

Pros

  • Cruelty-free
  • Blends easily
  • Sulfate and phthalate-free
  • Gorgeous medium gold color with a glitter finish
  • Doubles as a highlighter

Cons

  • May experience some glitter fallout
  • A little pricey for just one color of eyeshadow

10. Best Powder Eyeshadow: Giselle Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Eyeshadow

Giselle Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Eyeshadow

Why we like it: The Brown Eyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette by Giselle Cosmetics offers 8 highly pigmented eye shadows. They’re shiny and beautiful – perfect for makeup enthusiasts and professionals who like to experiment with bold colors.

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Quick Facts:

  • Type: Loose powder
  • Finish: Glitter and matte

Loose powder eyeshadows are known for their strong pigments and versatility. But Giselle Cosmetics kicked things up a notch by creating a stackable loose powder palette that contains 8 gorgeous colors. The Brown Eyed Girl Eyeshadow palette contains a wide variety of colors — perfect for those of you who enjoy bold, beautiful, and colorful makeup looks.

We love how you can use the lighter shades to create a subtle and natural look, or the darker shades to create a sultry evening look. It’s also pretty cool that these loose powder eyeshadows can also be used as highlighters, lip stains, nail polishes, and blushes.

Loose powders can’t be stored in traditional palettes, which is why Giselle Cosmetics created a stackable jar design. But despite its cleverness and ease of transport, opening the jars can be quite messy. To make these eyeshadows last for as long as possible, you need to exercise caution when opening the jars.

These mineral eyeshadows offer a deep pigmentation but they can be quite difficult to blend. This is because the colors are very intense and it takes an experienced person to blend them to perfection. Although the jars are a lot smaller in person than they appear in pictures, a little bit of this powder goes a long way.

All in all, the Brown Eyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette gives you options without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for an eyeshadow palette that can offer you plenty of glittery color options, but feel more comfortable using a pressed powder palette, check out the Roses Eyeshadow Palette by COVERGIRL instead.

Pros

  • Very strong pigmentation
  • Very versatile product
  • Amazing color options

Cons

  • Colors may be too intense if not blended properly
  • The packaging isn’t ideal
  • Jars are smaller than they appear in pictures

Guide to Buying the Best Eyeshadows for Brown Eyes


blonde woman with brown eyes and smokey eyeshadow

If you’re searching for the best eyeshadow for your beautiful brown eyes, our guide has got you covered from A to Z.

What’s the Right Eyeshadow for Me?

There’s no shortage of eyeshadow palettes on the internet. But what works for someone else might not work for you, which is why taking your traits and lifestyle into consideration can help you select the best eyeshadow for you. Here are a few other factors to consider when making your pick.

Shade

Like any eye color, brown eyes come in a variety of shades, as shown in this brown eye color chart on Pinterest. By knowing the exact shade of brown your eyes are, you can decorate your eyelids with the most uplifting shade of eyeshadow. For each product on our list, we mentioned  which shades they suit the best.

Skin Tone

Depending on an eyeshadow’s quality, it may or may not be heavily pigmented. But when selecting an eyeshadow, it’s important to consider its pigmentation, as eyeshadows with low-pigments don’t make a huge impact on darker skin tones — or at least, not for a very long time. Highly pigmented shadows that have a sheer or shimmery finish like the Enhanced Earth Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila are great options for those of you with dark complexions.

Hair Color

You’ll also want to consider your hair color when selecting an eyeshadow. This can help you find a palette that works with your hair color, not against it.

Blonde Hair

People with blonde hair and brown eyes can easily pull off feminine colors like beiges and pinks. These colors will give them a natural look. But, if they’re going for a more striking look, greys and browns will do the trick. If you have blonde hair and brown eyes, check out the Roses Eyeshadow Palette by COVERGIRL.

Brown Hair

If you have brown hair and brown eyes, purple and gold eyeshadows will give you a soft and pretty look. However, if you’re looking for something a little more daring, we highly recommend siding with metallic eyeshadows like the Earl Grey Eyeshadow by Revlon.

Black Hair

Those of you with black hair and brown eyes have a lot of options. In fact, most eyeshadow colors will look good on you. However, keep in mind that if you have a very light complexion, you’ll want to stick to softer colors, whereas if you have a darker complexion, deeper and brighter colors will do the trick.

For lighter skin tones, we recommend the Seductive Colorstay Eyeshadow Palette by Revlon. For darker skin tones, we recommend the Roses Eyeshadow Palette by COVERGIRL.

Red Hair

Brown eyes and red hair — now that’s a gorgeous combination! If this is you, it’s no secret that you were born to rock earthy tones. Brown, beige, and green eyeshadows will make your brown eyes look right at home and we have just the eyeshadow palette for you: Coppery Blaze Eyeshadow Palette by Almay.

Eyewear

Those of you who wear glasses or contacts may have a very different view on eyeshadow. If you wear glasses, especially glasses with colored rims, it may be more difficult to choose an eyeshadow. This is because you also have to match the shade to your glasses.

If you wear contacts, on the other hand, your eyes may be on the sensitive-side. So, it’s important to choose an eyeshadow that won’t irritate your eyes any further. If you have sensitive eyes, we highly recommend the Space Cowboy Eyeshadow by Urban Decay.

Ease of Application

Another thing to consider is whether or not the eyeshadow is easy to apply. Does it spread easily over the eyelids and blend into the skin? Or do you have to spend extra time to blend it in? We paid close attention to this little factor while building our list.

If you’re looking for an eyeshadow that blends like a dream, check out the Space Cowboy Eyeshadow by Urban Decay.

How to Make Your Eyeshadow Last All Day

woman with brown eyes and mauve eyeshadow

Some eyeshadows don’t offer a lot of holding power, which can make them fade throughout the day. This is far from ideal, however, as most professionals do not have the time to reapply their makeup at work.

Using a liquid eyeshadow like the Enhanced Earth Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila is a great way to sidestep this issue. Liquid eyeshadows have minimal fallout and are known for their long-lasting ways, after all.

Pressed and loose powder eyeshadows, on the other hand, are notorious for their fallout, which is why coupling them with an eyeshadow primer is the way to go. If you wear eyeshadow every single day, you might benefit from using an anti-aging eye primer like the Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay.

Eyeshadow FAQs

What Eyeshadow Is Best for Brown Eyes?

There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting an eyeshadow for brown eyes. But generally speaking, nothing makes brown eyes pop like light shades of pinks, purples, neutrals, and browns. We highly recommend the Roses Eyeshadow Palette by COVERGIRL for any shade of brown eyes.

Which Eyeshadow Makes Brown Eyes Look Bigger?

If you want to make your eyes look bigger, we recommend dotting the inner lid and tear duct area of your eye with a white eyeshadow. Brightening up these areas will widen your eyes, no matter your skin tone or eye color. If you want to make your brown eyes look bigger, we highly recommend the Space Cowboy Eyeshadow by Urban Decay. Not only is it sparkly and gorgeous, but it can also be used as a highlighter, which can brighten your face and tie the entire look together.

Which Eyeshadow Makes Brown Eyes Look Smaller?

If you’re interested in making your wide brown eyes appear a little smaller, you can apply dark eyeshadow to your outer lids. As explained in this awesome makeup tutorial by Beauty Glow, it’s best to apply your eyeshadow close to the lash line, as this gives off a more natural vibe. Smokey-eyed makeup looks can make brown eyes look smaller than they are.

If you love a good smokey-eye, we recommend the Smoke Eyeshadow by Bobbi Brown.

What Eyeshadow Is Best for Sensitive Eyes?

If you have sensitive eyes, buying eye makeup can be quite a challenge. You have to pay close attention to the ingredients list, as some of them may cause you great discomfort.

On our list, you’ll find a few great eyeshadows for sensitive eyes, like the Champagne Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick by Julep and the Space Cowboy Eyeshadow by Urban Decay. If these eyeshadows aren’t to your liking, however, check out our guide on the best eyeshadows for sensitive eyes.

Final Note

beautiful woman with pink eyeshadow

By applying the right eyeshadow to your eyelids, you can make your brown eyes pop like never before. Clearly, you’ve got a lot of options when it comes to eyeshadows. But ultimately, it’s your lifestyle that dictates which eyeshadow palette is right for you. We hope our guide has helped you find the eyeshadow you’ve always dreamed of. Thanks for reading!