Eyeshadow Recommendations for Brown Eyes

Because brown is a neutral color, many eyeshadow shades will work with brown eyes.  Bright, cool colors will contrast most strongly with brown, but plenty of warm colors, especially with some depth or shimmer, also work. Here’s a list of shades for brown eyes, broken down by undertone:

  • Warm: gold, copper, bronze, champagne, plummy purple, olive green
  • Cool: forest green, navy, cobalt, teal, silver, violet/cool purple

Of course, this list isn’t meant to be absolutely prescriptive or to box you in – it’s just a starting point. Every single one of these colors may not work for you; consider your skin undertone and how bright or muted your coloring is. For instance, bright teal may not look right on someone with muted coloring, and olive green may look muddy on someone with bright coloring. See here for more on this.

And there are many ways to incorporate these eyeshadow colors into your looks. You don’t need to put a green shadow all over your lid; you can use it on just part of the lid and blend it into more neutral colors, as in the image above. See here and here for some ideas on putting together eyeshadow looks. I’ve also put some example images in this post.

Below I’ve listed specific eyeshadow options, with different finishes and from different price points, for each color group. I’ve noted the finish and how light/dark each color is in parentheses. One quick note – if you have darker skin, the shades labeled as light to light-medium may look ashy on you.

Forest green:

  • Milani Bella Emerald (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Jordana eyeshadow pencil Endless Emerald (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Makeup Geek Envy (metallic; medium-dark)
  • Inglot 414 (pearl; medium-dark)
  • MAC Humid (shimmer; medium)
  • Urban Decay Loaded (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (pearl; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (pearl; medium-dark)

Warm green:

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  • L’Oreal Gilded Envy (metallic; medium olive brown, leans gold)
  • Makeup Geek Shimmermint (shimmer; light-medium grass green)
  • Makeup Geek Pixie Dust (shimmer; light, vibrant chartreuse green)
  • Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (shimmer; medium olive green)
  • Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (matte; medium-dark olive green)
  • Inglot 57 (satin; medium olive green)
  • Inglot 433 (pearl; medium olive brown, leans gold)
  • Inglot 419 (pearl; medium olive brown, leans brownish)
  • Inglot 56 (gold sparks; medium olive green)
  • MAC Sumptuous Olive (pearl; medium olive brown, leans gold)
  • Urban Decay Mildew (frost; medium olive green)
  • Urban Decay Maui Wowie (frost; light-medium olive brown, leans gold)
  • Urban Decay Bender (frost; medium-dark olive green)
  • Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (frost; medium-dark olive brown, leans brown)
  • Make Up For Ever M322 Khaki (matte; medium olive green, very muted)
  • Make Up For Ever I324 Bronze Khaki (pearl; medium olive green)

Teal:

Source: Uma Preve

Source: Uma Preve

  • Milani Bella Teal (metallic; light-medium)
  • Maybelline Edgy Emerald (shimmer; light-medium, vibrant)
  • Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (shimmer, light)
  • Makeup Geek Appletini (shimmer; light-medium, leans green)
  • Makeup Geek Mermaid (metallic, light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Shark Bait (matte, medium, leans blue)
  • Makeup Geek Sea Mist (shimmer, medium, leans green)
  • Makeup Geek Poolside (shimmer, medium, very vibrant, leans blue)
  • Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (metallic, medium-dark, leans blue)
  • Makeup Geek Peacock (matte, medium-dark, leans blue)
  • Inglot 429 (pearl, light, vibrant, leans blue)
  • Inglot 372 (matte, medium, leans blue, very vibrant)
  • Inglot 413 (pearl, light-medium, leans blue)
  • Inglot 322 (matte, medium, leans blue)
  • Inglot 338 (matte, medium-dark, leans blue)
  • MAC Aquadisiac (shimmer, light-medium)
  • Urban Decay Kush (shimmer, light-medium, leans green)
  • Urban Decay Peace (frost, light-medium, very vibrant, leans blue)
  • Urban Decay Shattered (frost, light-medium, vibrant, leans blue)
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    Source: merilinka

  • Urban Decay Deep End (frost, medium, vibrant, leans blue)
  • Urban Decay Haight (frost, medium, vibrant, leans bluer than Deep End)
  • Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (pearl, light-medium, vibrant, leans blue)
  • Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (satin, light-medium, vibrant, leans blue)
  • Make Up For Ever I332 Meadow Green (pearl; light-medium, leans green)
  • Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar (pearl, medium, leans blue)
  • Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald (metallic; medium, vibrant)
  • Make Up For Ever ME232 Turquoise Blue (metallic, medium, very vibrant, leans blue)
  • Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock (metallic, medium-dark, leans blue)
  • Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald (metallic, medium-dark, leans green)
  • Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue (matte, medium-dark, leans blue)

Navy:

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Source: kleopatre

  • Milani Bella Navy (satin; medium-dark)
  • L’Oreal Midnight Blue, AKA All Night Blue (shimmer, medium-dark)
  • Makeup Geek Nautica (shimmer, medium-dark)
  • Inglot 332 (matte, medium-dark)
  • Inglot 428 (pearl, medium)
  • Inglot 483 (shimmer, medium-dark)
  • Inglot 321 (matte, dark)
  • Inglot 61 or 63 (shimmer, dark)
  • Urban Decay Evidence (metallic, medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (metallic; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever S228 Petrol Blue (satin; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever S226 Abyssal Blue (satin; medium-dark, darker and more muted than S228)
  • Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire (pearl; medium-dark, somewhat vibrant)

Cobalt blue:

  • Milani Bella Cobalt (satin; medium, vibrant)
  • Makeup Geek Neptune (matte, medium, very vibrant) – powdery texture
  • Inglot 388 (matte, medium, vibrant)
  • Inglot 426 (pearl, medium)
  • MAC Atlantic Blue (matte, medium, vibrant) – Pro product; has sheer pigmentation
  • Urban Decay Radium (frost; medium, vibrant)
  • Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (metallic; medium, vibrant)

Silver:

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Original source unknown

  • L’Oreal Liquid Diamond, AKA Flashback Silver (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Milani Bella Silver (metallic; light-medium)
  • Inglot 454 (pearl, light)
  • Makeup Geek Rockstar (shimmer, light)
  • Makeup Geek Mercury (metallic, light-medium)
  • Urban Decay S&M (shimmer, light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (shimmer, light)
  • Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (metallic, light-medium)

Cool purple, including violet:

  • L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (shimmer; medium violet) – doesn’t wear well and has sheer pigmentation if applied dry
  • L’Oreal Purple Priority (shimmer; dark purple)
  • Milani Bella Violet (shimmer; light-medium violet)
  • Milani Shadow Eyez Royal Purple (matte; medium cool purple)
  • Jordana eyeshadow pencil Perpetual Purple (shimmer; medium cool purple) – sheers out when blended
  • Makeup Geek Wisteria (matte; light violet)
  • Makeup Geek Duchess (matte; medium-dark muted purple)
  • Fyrinnae Because Cats (shimmer; medium-dark purple)
  • Inglot 445 (pearl; light-medium violet)
  • Inglot 441 (pearl; light-medium violet, cooler than 445)
  • Inglot 439 (pearl; medium violet)
  • MAC Beautiful Iris (pearl; light violet)
  • MAC Parfait Amour (frost; light-medium violet)
  • Urban Decay Asphyxia (shimmer; light violet)
  • Urban Decay Flash (shimmer; light-medium violet)
  • Make Up For Ever S920 Violet (satin; light violet)
  • Make Up For Ever S924 Purple (satin; medium violet, vibrant)
  • Ardency Inn Royal (shimmer; medium purple, vibrant)

Bright pinky/plummy purple:

  • L’Oreal Burst Into Bloom (metallic; light) – semi-opaque applied dry; fully opaque and more metallic applied wet
  • Sugarpill Magentric (shimmer; medium)
  • Fyrinnae Meerkat (gold shimmer; light)
  • Urban Decay Fishnet (duochrome shimmer; medium)
  • Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (frost; medium)
  • MAC Plum Dressing (pearl; medium) – sheer pigmentation; requires layering to get good color payoff
  • Laura Mercier Orchid caviar stick (shimmer; light)
  • Ardency Inn Orchid (shimmer; medium)

Mauve/muted pinky/plummy purple:

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  • Milani Bella Purple (satin; medium)
  • Makeup Geek Unexpected (matte; light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Sensuous (shimmer; medium)
  • Inglot 399 (pearl; light)
  • Inglot 344 (matte; light-medium)
  • Inglot 445 (pearl; light-medium)
  • Inglot 446 (pearl; medium-dark)
  • MAC Haux (semi-matte; light-medium)
  • MAC Trax (shimmer; medium) – sheer pigmentation; requires layering or a base for good color payoff
  • MAC Sketch (matte; medium-dark) – texture is a little dry/hard to blend
  • Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (matte; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (satin; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (satin; medium)
  • Make Up For ever M822 Plum (matte; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (pearl; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (matte; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever M842 Wine (matte; medium)
  • Urban Decay Bordello (gold glitter; light-medium)
  • Urban Decay Last Call (metallic; medium)
  • Laura Mercier African Violet (gold shimmer; light-medium)
  • Laura Mercier Kir Royal (satin; medium-dark)
  • Laura Mercier Amethyst caviar stick (shimmer; light-medium)

Eggplant purple:

  • L’Oreal Smoldering Plum (shimmer; dark)
  • Inglot 325 (matte; dark)
  • Inglot 375 (matte; medium; warmer than 325)
  • Fyrinnae Tapir (satin; medium-dark)
  • Makeup Geek Drama Queen (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • MAC Fig 1 (matte; medium-dark)
  • Urban Decay Rockstar (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Laura Mercier Plum caviar stick (satin; dark)
  • Make Up For Ever M928 Eggplant (matte; dark)

Gold:

  • Maybelline Bold Gold (shimmer; medium)
  • L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Milani Bella Sand (metallic; light-medium)
  • Milani Bella Gold (metallic; light-medium, more vibrant than Bella Sand)
  • Fyrinnae Polar Bear (shimmer; light)
  • Inglot 403 (pearl; light)
  • Inglot 430 (pearl; medium)
  • Urban Decay Half Baked (metallic; light-medium)
  • Urban Decay Baked (metallic; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (pearl; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (metallic; medium)

Bronze:

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Source: frootibeauty

  • Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (shimmer; medium)
  • L’Oreal Bronzed Taupe (shimmer, medium, cooler than Bad to the Bronze)
  • Wet n Wild Comfort Zone – second shade on the left (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Wet n Wild Comfort Zone – third shade on the left (shimmer; medium, browner than the second shade)
  • Milani Bella Bronze (metallic; medium-dark)
  • Makeup Geek Pretentious (shimmer; medium)
  • Inglot 406 (metallic; medium)
  • Inglot 421 (pearl; medium-dark)
  • MAC Woodwinked (shimmer; medium)
  • MAC Tempting (shimmer; medium-dark, browner than Woodwinked)
  • Stila Golightly (shimmer; medium)
  • Urban Decay Smog (shimmer; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (shimmer, medium-dark)
  • NARS Himalia (shimmer; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe (frost; medium, more gold than Cauldron)
  • Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (metallic; medium)

Copper:

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Source: frootibeauty

  • Milani Bella Copper (metallic; medium)
  • Inglot 404 (pearl; light-medium, more gold/less orange than 405)
  • Inglot 405 (pearl; light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Goddess (metallic; light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Glamorous (shimmer, light-medium, more gold/less orange than Goddess)
  • MAC Amber Lights (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Urban Decay Chopper (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (metallic; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (pearl; medium)

Champagne/warm beige:

  • Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells trio – eyelid color (shimmer; light-medium champagne)
  • Maybelline Barely Branded (frost; light champagne)
  • Milani Bella Champagne (shimmer; light-medium champagne)
  • Milani Shadow Eyez Champagne Toast (shimmer; light-medium pinky champagne)
  • L’Oreal Iced Latte, AKA Hourglass Beige (metallic; light champagne)
  • Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (metallic; light champagne)
  • Inglot 328 (matte; warm beige)
  • Inglot 393 (pearl; light yellowy peach)
  • MAC Orb (satin; soft peachy beige)
  • MAC Blanc Type (matte; creamy beige)
  • MAC Shroom (shimmer; soft beige)
  • MAC Naked Lunch (shimmer; peachy beige)
  • MAC All That Glitters (gold pearl; beige)
  • Urban Decay Sin (frost; light-medium champagne)
  • Stila Kitten (shimmer; light-medium champagne)
  • NARS Abyssinia (soft sheen; light beige)
  • Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (shimmer; light-medium peachy beige)
  • Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (frost; light gold beige)
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