Eye Shadow Colours for Brown Eyes and Skin

by mehak on October 21, 2010

in Eyeliner, eyeshadow

 Eyeshadows are quite frustrating to master. We get carried away by all those magazines and the colours the models carry off and we end up buying a whole lot of colours that are totally unflattering on us. Specially if you have brown eyes and brown skin, like most indians do then finding the right colour can be a bit of a pain. Anyway, i have been playing around with online makeover tools  (SO FUN !) and i thought it would be a great idea to see eye shadow colours on brown eyes and skin side by side so we know which ones make our eyes pop!

Green eyeshadow: GO WITH deeper shades of green for brown eyes, AVOID light ones
Ivy greens work well with Brown eyes and skin making them look deeper while lime greens stand out and  are unflattering against skin
 Purple Eyeshadow: GO WITH ALL -Works well any which way with brown eyes
Shades of purple , lilac and burgundy are very flattering shades for indian skintones and brown eyes. The purple sets off stunningly against our skin and enhances the ‘brownness’ of the eyes. Purple shadows make eyes look a lighter brown than they are
 Blue eyeshadows: AVOID all the pale blues- GO WITH Navy’s
Pale blue eyeshadows like the one above dont do anything for brown eyes- except making them look slightly cold and hard.Navy Blue eyes however work well
Gold eyeshadows: GO WITH ALL- Works well any which way with brown eyes

Gold eyeshadows look gorgeous on brown skin. They lift up the skin tone and brighten up your eyes. Do make sure that you have a true gold and not a pale yellow though
 Light Pink Eyeshadow/ Pastel: AVOID for brown eyes and skin !!!
AVOID AVOID: It looks chalky and artificial and blah!
Blacks and Browns: GO WITH ALL- Both fantastic with brown eyes and skin

Black eyeshadows are stunning on brown eyes and skin. Smokey black eyeshadows look mysterious and dramatic and they dont look as overpowering as they can on lighter skin. Brown eyeshadows look soft and natural on brown skin

To cut a long blog post  short, according to me-

Go with:
Gold, purple, darker shades of green/blue, black and brown 
Light Pinks, Light blue’s , pastels and light greens.

I  hope that helped some of you. I have had some majore eye shadow mishaps when i have looked like someone has boxed my eye in ! So i had to learn the hard way !!!

For those of you asking- nope thats not me in the pictures- its a model from the online makeover tool that iv been playing with- expect a lot of such pics, im obsessed!!!

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Rentu October 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm

i loved the black eyeshadows, they looked the best…i am bookmarking this post, once i get good number of eyeshadows, i am so gonna try these looks


PnB October 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm

@Rentu- i love black eye shadow as well- ill post some more pics from the online makeover tool, its so helpful and fun!


Sharon October 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Such an amazing post Mehak.I loved the purple e/s(i'm going thru a purple phase) and the brown one.
And thnk u so much for the advice abt my dark circles.Its so nice 2 see someone take the trouble to help someone out like that <3 <3 <3


HD October 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I loved the black e/s pic :) fun post to see


PnB October 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm

@Sharon : I was so lost with my dark circle issues that i felt i needed to tell u !!!!!

@ HD: Me too loves the black..


Harshleen October 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Hi Mehak, that's a useful post! those makeover pics are helpful to see how the colors actually show up……..I have never tried any shade of purple on my eyes. Might try it now after reading your post :)


Stephany October 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Wow, thanks for posting this! I have a really hard time figuring out which eye shadows to buy for my brown eyes, but now I know what to go for! I've also heard that silver is good for brown eyes… is that true?



G.G.G October 22, 2010 at 2:58 am

lovely round up Mehak. Its very interesting to see these topics being discussd in beauty blogs as they make sense and readers can relate to it well.


Tanveer Parmar October 22, 2010 at 5:01 am

Gr8 post Mehak! Lots of girls are going to find this super useful :)


Classy&Fabulous October 22, 2010 at 5:05 am

that was really nice :)


PnB October 22, 2010 at 5:14 am

@Harshleen : I love purple!! It makes brown eyes pop

@Stephany: Iv found that most metallic colours like silver/ gold/coppers look good

@G.G.G & Tanveer – Thanks ! Hope it helps some people who are new to makeup. I find it easier to see which colours suit me when i look at them side by side

@ Classy & fabulous; Thnx!


Vinitha October 22, 2010 at 6:10 am

I love the black. Neat post :)


bhumika October 22, 2010 at 6:34 am

nice post…saving it..
loved d black n brown..


fierce nails and beauty October 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

loving the black, smokey look, but i am a fan of bright colours so the green and purple would have to be my picks!!!


indianmakeupways October 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

hey cool post. i love the green eyeshadow"ed"eyes….they look truly amazing


Poohkie October 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I personally LOVE purples & violets. Great post Mehak. I have a few different coloured eye shadows, I recently realised that I don't like them. I prefer eye liners. So I'm just gonna keep a basic brown quad& get rid of the rest…


desipolitan October 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Fab post! I especially agree with you on the pastels. My fave was the smoky black – reminds me of a look Freida Pinto often wears.


Adorable on your vanity October 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

awesome post!


RASHMI October 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm

lovely post dear :)
i love purples ( recently bought so just ….)
but i loved ur post and i am going to learn a lot from this :)


PnB October 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

@ everyone: thanx ! You guys inspire me to keep writing :)


BUTTERFLY October 28, 2010 at 7:46 am

nice post liked the green purple n the black..ive got hazel eyes..


Dyna November 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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