40 Eye Makeup Looks for Brown Eyes

Many brown-eyed ladies are unaware of the different ways to use makeup in order to make their eyes pop. Luckily, the internet is packed with gorgeous makeup looks and tutorials by talented makeup artists.

Women with brown eyes are really fortunate because they can rock any shade of eyeshadow and look great! From green to purple, to gold to copper – all these eyeshadows look phenomenal when paired with brown eyes. Lucky us!

1. Silver & Black Cut Crease

Silver and Black Cut Crease Makeup Look

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Brown eyes look good with just about any eyeshadow color. If you want to create a high-drama eye effect, opt for cut crease look. This look definitely takes a little practice and some blending skills. Eyeshadows used for this look are: ‘Bulletproof’ by Sugar Pill Makeup and ‘Vogue Mineral Shadow’ by Motives Cosmetics.

2. Pictorial for Gold Eye Makeup Look

Pictorial for Gold Eye Makeup Look

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Brown eyes and gold eyeshadow are a perfect compliment. The gold eyeshadow will emphasize and make your brown eyes shine.

Step 1: Prime your eyes and add brown eyeshadow to the crease. With a winged liner brush, draw a line to create a cut crease.

Step 2: With a blending brush, blend the cut crease line, making sure there’s no harsh line. Apply concealer underneath the cut crease to clean it up.

Step 3: Apply gold glitter eyeshadow on the lid.

Step 4: Apply black gel liner.

Step 5: Highlight the brow bone and  finish the look with false eyelashes.

3. Seductive Black Smokey Eye

Seductive Black Smokey Eye for Brown Eyes

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When it comes down to creating the perfect black smokey eye, there are some many choices and ways. We opted for this gorgeous black, matte look with a pop of gold in the inner corners of eyes.

Prior to applying the black eye shadow, it’s important to apply an eye shadow base first. Base color will create a smooth surface and ease the blending process. Check the tutorial for this look here.

4. Green Glitter Eye Look

Green Eye Makeup Look for Brown Eyes

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Green looks vibrant on brown eyes. Greens aren’t the most common eyeshadow choice among brown-eyed women because they seem ‘too much’. Women sometimes need a nudge to try something new. Follow the tutorial above for the perfect green glitter, cut crease look.

5. Purple Eyeshadow + Blue Waterline

Purple Eye Makeup Blue Waterline Look

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Purple is another color that works great on brown eyes, especially if you pair it with blue waterline. Choose this look when you want to add dimension and depth to your eyes. Don’t forget to highlight the inner corner of your eye with a shimmery eyeshadow. This step will make your eyes appear brighter and larger.

6. Dark Blue Eyes

Blue Eyeshadow Makeup Look for Brown Eyes

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This look features bold, dark blue eyeshadow that really flatters brown eyes. The coolness of the blue provides a beautiful contrast against the warmth of brown eyes. Turquoise, glitter highlight in the inner corner makes this look even more unique and special.

7. Brown Eyes + Brown Lips

Brown Eye Makeup with Brown Lips Look

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Right eye shadow color and technique can help enhance the brown color of your eyes. Matte lips are definitely this season’s hottest beauty trend. Lipsticks and lip liners with matte finish look incredibly stunning and elegant. Make sure your lips are healthy and moisturized before applying the lipstick.

8. Copper Glitter + Green Eyes Pictorial

Copper and Green Glitter Eyes Look

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This eye shadow combo looks surprisingly well on brown eyes.

Step 1: With a fluffy brush, add a base color to the crease.

Step 2: Add a tape for clean edge. With a smaller blending brush, blend peachy brown eyeshadow into the crease.

Step 3: Add darker brown eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye.

Step 4: Apply glitter eyeshadow to the center of your lid with finger or brush.

Step 5: Highlight the brow bone.

Step 6: Run the teal green eyeshadow under your lower lash line. Blend it with a clean brush.

Step 7: Line your waterline with black eyeliner and place some glitter eyeshadow to the middle of the lower lash line.

Step 8: Apply liquid eyeliner in black.

Step 9: Finish the look with mascara and wispy false eyelashes.

9. Black & Green Eyes

Black and Green Eye Makeup Look

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To make your eyes  pop a bit, wear a bit of green (or teal and purple) under your lower lashline. The easiest way to apply the green eyeshadow is by using a pencil brush. Choose a nude lipstick for a flirty and feminine lips.

10. Brown Cut Crease

Brown Cut Crease Makeup Look

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Another gorgeous cut crease look. This makeup trend has been a high-fashion staple for decades. When properly applied, cut crease can be worn in the day. Check tutorial for this exact eye makeup look here.

11. Red Glitter Eyes

Red Glitter Makeup look for Brown Eyes

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Red seems like one of the hardest colors to master when it comes to the eyes.  We not gonna lie, some red eyeshadows can be a bit tricky. This gorgeous color isn’t only reserved for Halloween and you can easily pull it off without looking like you have an inflamed eye. Black and purple eyeshadows will help make the look a little safer.

12. Cut Crease + Rose Gold Glitter Pictorial

Black Cut Crease Rose Gold Makeup Eye Look

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Get a bold, glamorous look following the step-by-step tutorial:

Step 1: For perfect edge and clean eye look, take a piece of tape and line it towards your temple (as pictured on the step one). Apply a light brown matte eyeshadow in the upper crease area with an eye shading brush.

Step 2: Start creating wing with a black matte eyeshadow. It’s only a draft so it doesn’t need to be perfect.

Step 3: Bring the black eyeshadow into the crease. With a black gel liner, precisely draw the wing.

Step 4: To create a gradual effect, add a dark matte brown eyeshadow to the outer corner of the lid.

Step 5: Apply rose gold glitter eyeshadow.

Step 6: Complete the wing with a black gel liner. Apply black eyeliner to the waterline and smudge it out.

Step 7: Apply falsies.

Step 8: Clean any individual pieces of glitter that landed above the winged eyeliner.

13. Black & Gold Eyes + Dark Matte Lips

Black and Gold Eyes with Dark Lips

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Gold eyeshadow will maximize and bring out the size of your eyes, while black will minimize and countour them. It seems that gold and black pair for a perfect makeup look for brown eyes. This lip color goes perfectly with eye makeup.

14. Dramatic Matte Cut Crease

Dramatic Dark brown Cut Crease

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This cut crease look isn’t too hard to recreate and makes your eyes look sexier and bigger. The look was created using ‘Semi-sweet Chocolate Bar’ palette by Too Faced.

15. Matte Navy Blue Eyes Pictorial

Navy Blue Matte Eyes Pictorial

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For a night out, try this matte blue look with glitter eyeliner. Always pair the blue eyeshadow with neutral colors such us tan, brown or grey. Neutral eyeshadows will offset the brightness in the blue.

Step 1: Apply matte brown eyeshadow into the crease. Smudge white eye liner onto the lid.

Step 2: Apply matte blue eyeshadow to the entire lid.

Step 3: Blend eyeshadows together with a fluffy blending brush. Soft any harsh edges with a light brown eyeshadow.

Step 4: Apply liquid, glitter eyeliner in black.

Step 5: Line the waterline with grey-ish eyeliner and smudge it slightly underneath the eyes. Highlight the inner corner of the eye. Finish the look with a pair of false eyelashes.

16. Cranberry Eyes without Eyeliner

Cranberry Eye Makeup Look

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You’ve probably noticed that burgundy and cranberry eyes have taken over Pinterest and Instagram. As you can see, these colors look amazing on brown eyes! Another thing we like about this look is that it doesn’t require eyeliner. Used products for the look are MAC Cranberry eyeshadow and Sigma Electrify eye liner.

17. Turquoise Inner Corner

Turquoise Inner Corner Eye Makeup Look

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Make your brown eyes shine by highlighting the inner corner of your eye with a shimmery, turquoise eyeshadow. This makeup look is perfect for a summer night out. Would you agree?

18. Burgundy Glitter Eyes

Burgundy Glitter Eye Makeup Look

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Burgundy isn’t only a hot lip trend, you can use it on your eyes, too! Top shimmery eye shadow will brighten up your brown eyes. Burgundy eyes will look great on just about anyone.  Don’t hesitate to try this look!

 19. Dark Burgundy Smokey Eye

Dark Burgundy Smokey Eye with a Pop of Gold

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To catch everyone’s attention, try this gorgeous burgundy smokey eye with a pop of gold. The thing that makes this look trendy and sexy is the ‘cat’ eyeliner. This eyeliner frames the whole eye by adding a little V in the inside corner of the eye. The look was created using Melt Cosmetics eyeshadow stacks and ‘Cat Eyes’ palette by Too Faced.

20. Red Smokey Eye with a Pop of Gold

Red Eye Makeup with Pop of Gold Glitter

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Step 1: Apply eye primer. Eye primer will help your makeup last longer. Make sure to blend it well. With a fluffy blending brush, apply peachy brown eyeshadow into the crease as a transition color. For the first step, makeup artist used ‘Creme Brulee’ eyeshadow by Makeup Geek Cosmetics.

Step 2: Apply black matte eyeshadow to the outer V and work it to the crease with a blending brush. Apply the same eyeshadow to your lower lash line, too.

Step 3: With a flat shader brush, apply cranberry/burgundy eyeshadow to the lid.

Step 4: Highlight the inner corner of the eye with a gold glitter eyeshadow.

Step 5: Wing your eyeliner.

Step 6: Apply false eyelashes. Eyelashes used in this tutorial are ‘Eazy Duz It’ by Luxy Lash.

Step 7: Highlight the brown bone.

21. Purple Matte Smokey Eye

Purple Matte Smokey Eye for Brown Eyes

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Purple truly makes brown eyes look stunning, regardless of hair or skin color. To recreate this look use ‘Pro Palette 2’ by Lorac Cosmetics.

22.  Brown Matte Look

Brown Matte Eye Makeup Look

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If you’re looking for something more simple, go for this brown matte look. To recreate this look you will need – eye primer, at least three matte eyeshadow colors (nude, light brown and dark brown), black eyeliner, mascara and false lashes.

23. Gold & Pink Eyes

Gold and Pink Eye Makeup Look

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These colors go together like two peas in a pod. Everything about this look is fantastic, right? Black eyeliner below lash line adds more drama to the eyes and makes them bigger.

24. Black & Brown Eyes + Black Lips

Black and Brown Eye Makeup Look

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We love this edgy eye makeup look with black lips. Cut crease makeup look is perfect choice for women with hooded eyes. When rocking black lipstick or any other bold color, use a little concealer around the lip to soften the lip line and make it cleaner.

25. Silver Eyeshadow + Double Wing Pictorial

Double Eyeliner Eye Makeup Pictorial

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Step 1: Apply matte orange eyeshadow to the crease.

Step 2: To the outer corner of the eye, apply matte brown eyeshadow. Slightly blend it to the crease.

Step 3: Apply black matte eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye.

Step 4: With a flat brush, apply shimmery champagne eyeshadow on the lid.

Step 5: Using black gel liner, draw your regular winged liner and second liner below your lower lash line. Carefully apply white matte eyeshadow between the wings and in the inner corner of the eye.

Step 6: Tap your angled brush into a dark matte eyeshadow and apply it to the wing below your lower lash line.  This step will make the line more black and intense.

Step 7: Apply falsies. You can stop here or make your look even more dramatic with the next step.

Step 8: Extend the wing by applying the black gel liner to the inner corner of the eye. If you mess something up, you can clean it up with a concealer.

Step 9: Apply mascara to the lower lash line.

26. Dark Green Eyes + Dark Lips

Dark Green Eyes with Dark Red Lips

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Dark green eyeshadow will make your eyes stand out and look vibrant. Dark red lip really brings out brown eyes.

27. Purple Under Eyes

Silver Eyes with Purple Under  Eye Makeup

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The purple eyeshadow under the lower lash line can be worn as a daytime look without being over the top. Bright eyeshadow under the lower lash line is the easiest trick to make your eyes pop.

28. Gold Glitter Eyeliner + Dark, Matte Lips

Dark Matte Lips with Gold Glitter Eyeliner

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The gold winged eyeliner does wonders on brown eyes, especially if you pair it with black eyeliner. First, using black eyeliner (liquid or gel) draw the wing on the top lash line. With a gold glitter eyeliner, add another wing above it.

29. Green, Gold & Purple Eyes

Warm Eye Makeup Look for Brown Eyes

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Who would have guessed gold, green, and purple could look so amazing together? The combination of the colors make this look perfect for spring.

30. Dark Gold + Dark Red Lips

Dark Gold Eye Makeup with Dark Lips

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Add a sparkle to your makeup look with dark red, metallic lips and gold glitter eyeshadow. This makeup look seems as a perfect choice for a holiday party.

31. Dark Brown, Matte Eyes Pictorial

Dark Brown Matte Eye Look

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This brown, matte look is a good “go to”.

Step 1: Apply white or ivory eyeshadow/eye kohl on the eye lid and brow bone. Blend it well with your skin.

Step 2: Apply dark brown matte eyeshadow on the lid.

Step 3: Blend the eyeshadow into the crease, make sure there are no harsh edges.

Step 4: Line the eye with a black gel eyeliner. Highlight the inner corner with the product you used to highlight your brow bone.

Step 5: Line the waterline with a black gel liner and smudge it out with a makeup brush.

32. Dark Smokey Eye

Dark Smokey Eye with Pinks and Purples

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This look will definitely get you noticed but this is probably not the easiest look to recreate. Patience is key with this dark smokey look.

33. Gold & Steel Cut Crease Pictorial

Gold and Steel Cut Crease Pictorial

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Step 1: Start the look by applying gold glitter eyeshadow all over the lid.

Step 2: With a grey eye kohl, draw a line to create a cut crease.

Step 3: Blend the line with a fluffy blending brush! Everything should look smooth and effortless.

Step 4: Apply dark grey eyeshadow to the outer part of the eye. Keep in mind that crease should stay sharp and clean. Create winged eyeliner using a black gel liner.

Step 5: Line the waterline using grey grey eyeliner and smudge it out with a pencil brush.

34. Brown & Purple Smokey Eye Pictorial

Brown and Purple Smokey Eye Pictorial

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To recreate this gorgeous and glamorous look, follow the steps above. For lips, opt for a light pink or nude lipstick color.

35. Double Winged Eyeliner

Double Black Winged Eyeliner  Eyes

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This matte eye makeup look was created using ’88 Matte Color Palette’ by BH Cosmetics. Double winged eyeliner and white waterline will make your eyes look bigger and brighter.

36. Gold Glitter + Dark Lips

Gold Glitter and Matte Makeup Look

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A little bit of brown, a little bit of gold… this brown and gold makeup look is actually easy to do and super-flattering for brown-eyed women.

37. Pink Glitter Eyes & Purple Lips

Pink Glitter Eyes and Purple Lips Look


Matte purple lips will add a playful and flirty vibe to the whole look.

38. Simple Brown Eye Makeup Look

Simple Matte Brown Eye Look for Brown Eyes


Gorgeous makeup looks can be also achieved by using neutral eyeshadow colors. This look is perfect when you want to keep things simple.

39. Brown Eyeshadows + Lower Lash Line Eyeliner

Lower Lash Line Eyeliner Pictorial

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When you need a quick but stunning makeup look,follow the steps from the pictorial above. Try it today!

40. Black, Burgundy & Gold Look

Black Burgundy Gold Eye Makeup Look


Gold and burgundy look fabulous with brown eyes, especially when you also use black for the depth and big false lashes. When rocking bold eyes, keep the rest of your makeup simple and subtle.

About the Author

Mellisa Geyer

Mellisa Geyer is passionate writer and enjoys writing both informative and funny articles aimed to female population. She loves cold winter nights, watching rain falling down through window and eating cupcakes!


15 thoughts on "40 Eye Makeup Looks for Brown Eyes"

  1. jess says:

    Hi! Just wanting to know the brand/shade of the lipstick featured in ur dark lip/gold eye look?! The dark matte red I’ve been looking for this colour for ages

  2. Samy Morenos says:

    Me encanta por FA en español

  3. Monique says:

    The lipstick is Lime Crime in shade “Wicked”.

  4. Lisa says:

    I love the double wing look. Although as one ages, you don’t seem to have much of an eye lid any longer. My issue is applying eye lashes that stay up right so you look like you have lashes on and not point downward. Any particular brand you would recommend?

  5. Marisabel Jasso says:

    This is authentic professional Makeup! 🙂

  6. Kathy says:

    Lisa, I have used Lancôme mascara for years, all types, try their newer Hypnose Star. I too have hooded aging lids. Also, try using an eyelash curler before applying mascara. Always use black.

  7. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Lisa, when applying false lashes the key to keeping them upright is first making sure the glue is tacky before applying. Then apply one coat of mascara and pinch the lashes to your natural lashes so they stick together and then push up and hold until the glue is dry

  8. Jacqueline Roland says:

    Thank you Lisa, great tip

  9. Lisa says:

    What is the color of lipstick in the purple Smokey eye photo please?

  10. Monique says:

    Hi! The lipstick is Too Faced melted liquified long wear lipstick in ‘Melted Nude’.

  11. Jamie says:

    Hello. I love the collection of looks! What types of eyeshadows are being used?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know what brand of make up are yall using to brown cut erase?

  13. Rita Quaw says:

    What is the blue eyeliner in the purple and blue picture

  14. Lea Hurt says:

    I need some ideas on ways to achieve seductive eye look, ways to make eye wings, ways to make eyes look bigger I have almond shaped brown eyes and I also have the puffy upper lid making seem like I have no lower lid so I also need ideas on how to bring that out. I want to make my eyes pop.

  15. Michelle says:

    I need help with working on my bags and doing make up right.can you help me?

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