Special Request: Eyeshadow to Make Brown Eyes GLOW


This request comes from Momo and she asks:

“Can you pretty please do a look specially to bring out brown eyes? I know people say browns can carry off anything but SPECIFICALLY to bring out browns, make them glow?”

My pleasure! If you have brown eyes, you can wear basically any color not limited by your skin tone. However, there are two particular colors you should *heavily* stock your eyeshadow arsenal with for the best possible results – purples and greens (pinks are also fabulous!). Some of the best shades from MAC I recommend include*:

  • Nocturnelle
  • Vibrant Grape
  • Stars ‘N Rockets
  • Creme de Violet
  • Push the Edge pigment
  • Beautiful Iris
  • Lucky Green
  • Sumptuous Olive
  • Swimming
  • Humid
  • Golden Olive pigment

*If you have brown eyes and feel I missed any particularly good ones, please feel free to add your suggestions below as well πŸ™‚

For this look I colorized my eye to be brown to give you a better idea of how this looks, but your naturally brown eyes will do it MUCH better justice!

And for those of you with blue/green eyes – this is fabulous as well!

Products Used

  • Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
  • MAC CrΓ¨me de Violet (on lid, below crease and lower lashline)
  • MAC Passionate (crease)
  • MAC Nocturnelle (outer v, into outer crease)
  • MAC Shadowy Lady (deepen outer v and outer half of lower lashline)
  • MAC Blanc Type (blend)
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Black
  • Red Cherry false eyelashes #747L

12 thoughts on “Special Request: Eyeshadow to Make Brown Eyes GLOW

    1. I thought that might help give it more of a visual! πŸ™‚ Ah! I hadn’t thought about pairing Creme de Violet with Trax, but I bet that’s beautiful too. Thanks for that!

  1. thank you for this look!! although i’m not a fan of pink (i think of allergies LOL), i LOVE purple eyeshadows. suprisingly, i don’t own creme de violet, but it’d be a nice one to add and i should experiment with pinks more. i also don’t have shadowy lady as it seems so potent and hard to work with it you don’t use it sparingly

    1. Oh Joanna – you must get Creme de Violet! I just got it and I am super impressed with it. Agh, I don’t like Shadowy Lady – it’s one of those that IS extremely dark and hard to work with. You’re not missing anything there! You could definitely forego it and use something else like Typographic or Carbon instead. πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely post. I have to say though that not all brown eyes are ‘equal’ and maybe overall colouring does influence which colours work best for you. I am a very cool toned brown eyed girl (True Winter) and I find that blues as well as blue based purples and greys do much more for my eyes than the red based pinks and purples you suggest.

    A Few of my MAC faves for making (cool toned) brown eyes pop:

    Silver Ring
    Parfait Amour
    Moth Brown
    Push the Edge Pigment
    Grey Stone

  3. Hi Z, I just joined your site, and am in love! I have far too many MAC shadows (over 80 – yikes!), but am still learning how to apply and what works best.
    Have you done a post for hazel eyes? Since I’m new, maybe I missed it? I have dark brown hair, hazel (leaning toward green) eyes, and pale complexion (nc15 in MAC world). Any recommendations? Thanks!

    1. Hi Lindsay!
      Welcome! πŸ˜€ Thank you for becoming a member!
      I did do a post about how to select your eyeshadow color based on your eye color, and hazel eyes is included here:

      In the meantime I’d recommend purple and orange shades for the most contrast!
      Rule, Stars ‘N Rockets, Nocturnelle, Satellite Dreams, Crystal, etc.

      I’m also working on a video series for the galley for hazel eyes where I will be wearing hazel contacts, similar to the brown eye series already up.
      More soon! πŸ˜‰

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