If you have lovely brown eyes, you really have won the lottery when it comes to makeup picks. Lucky you, your eyes won’t clash with many colours on the spectrum, so you have a free rein to experiment as you see fit. But, all this choice! Where do you start when it comes to perfecting either your day-to-day look, or something new for the evening. Here are some useful nuggets of inspiration from the pros.
The sciencey stuff…
The classic cat eye never gets old, and you can go to town with this look, if you dare! Generally speaking, the way to wear your eyeliner in this case, is thick and bold. Go for a chunky liner to draw the line on your upper lid, like the Technic Chunky Eyeliner Pen and practise your angles to get that arching sweep of the brush or pen.
For the bottom lid, underline with a more delicate flick of eyeliner. Before applying your eyeliner, remember to use a great concealer to banish dark circles like the Nip + Fab Complex Correction Cream Eye Fix. Also smooth on a brightening eyeshadow blended out from the corner of your eyes. Finally, curl your lashes and add a generous lick of a mascara to accentuate to perfection.
Perfect smoky eyes
Speaking of hair care…
There are so many ways to wear a smoky eye, and it really comes down to personal choice. This enduringly popular look is both glamourous and seductive, and ideal for a big night out. For a basic smoky eye, keep it matte, and start off with your eyeliner. A good pencil, like the Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick is ideal.
Products like Bourjois’ Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Trio give you every colour you need in one little pot, which is especially useful for beginners. This look is all about blending the colours, so start from the outside corners of your eyes to elongate your eye. Using a dark colour and a brush, start adding colour to this area, then move along to the inside corners, applying a light, brightening shadow to give you a wide-eyed appearance. Finally, add more liner to your bottom lid, and plenty of mascara. Opt for a luxe mascara like W7’s Extra Extra Big Bold Lashes Mascara Blackest Black and layer it up for dramatic effect.
Here’s where those gorgeous brown eyes really come into their own. The exact colour tone of your eyes will determine which colours suit you best. It may be blue, silver, or green. It’s also fun to play around with glitter for a party look.
One of our favourite colours for brown eyes has to be gold. This shade will make your eyes shine, and it’s easy to apply. To get the full effect, start off with a brown eyeshadow, just like Revlon’s Colourstay Shadowlinks in Cocoa, and blend it out across your whole lid. Then, add your gold eyeshadow to the lid, closest to your eye socket, and blend out again to get rid of any harsh lines. Check out sumptuous shadows like NYX’s Baked Eyeshadow in Ghetto Gold for inspiration. Then, sweep on a generous black flick of black eyeliner, and oodles of black mascara.