Style & Beauty
Style March 23, 2017
You already know your brown eyes are beautiful, so why not make sure they always stand out?
Brown eyes are the most common eye color, with over 50 percent of the world’s population possessing that shade. And since ENTITY believes in being a bold and beautiful Woman That Does, we’re here to help your unique personality stand out from your brown-eyed friends.
To help you get started, here are some makeup colors you may want to try rockin’…and some to ditch.
Although you should definitely rock whatever eyeshadow or liner you’re most comfortable with, color theory has some suggestions on which colors won’t do your beautiful brown eyes any justice.
Amy Schuma, Sephora Pro makeup artist, explains, “On the color wheel, the most complementary color for each hue is located directly across from the targeted color.”
If you look at the color wheel below from HubPages, you can easily find the complementary colors used in makeup color theory.
Typically, you want the base color of your eyeshadow to be complementary to your eye color. If you have a dark brown eye, for example, you may not want to use red eyeshadow shades since the two colors are close to each other on the wheel.
Instead, choose the colors directly across from the shade of brown you have. For dark brown, it’ll be a green shade. These are the best choices because, when you put complementary colors side by side, it gives a greater contrast between the two colors, ultimately making both colors seem brighter.
But overall, Schuma explains that a good rule of thumb is to use jewel tones. “Jewel tones work best for brown eyes because they have the same depth and richness,” she adds.
And now that you now to stray away from colors similar to your own eye shade, here are more specific tips of what you can do to show your brown eyes some love.
Light brown eyes are best paired with purple eyeliner or eyeshadow. “I think brown eyes look gorgeous when accented in purple shades with a bit of bronze mixed in,” Tracey Levy, celeb makeup artist, says. “The extra warmth really makes eye color pop.”
Medium brown eyes, on other hand, look gorgeous when paired with turquoise and gold shades. Don’t be afraid to play around with bronze-colored eyeshadows, Kamala Kirk from Total Beauty advises.
And “because medium brown goes well with any color, you can even apply multiple colors for a multi-dimensional look,” Kirk adds.
And as previously stated, greens are the best go-to choices for dark brown eyes. If you want to be a little bolder, Kirk even suggests using dark eyeshadow shades. “Plum, dark green and rich greys are all great color choices,” she says.
Once you’ve settled on an eyeshadow shade, you can look at the flecks of lighter color in your eyes to select an appropriate eyeliner color. Keep the rest of your makeup neutral to draw attention to your gorgeous eyes.
Don’t let anyone tell you that your brown eyes are boring ever again.
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