Copper metallics enhance brown hues
Although half the world’s population has brown eyes, never consider them ordinary. This eye color has numerous nuances, and can pull off just about any shade of makeup! That said, gold, bronze, and copper are the three shadow options that make brown eyes especially stunning. These warm, shimmering metallics bring out the natural specks layered within brown irises. “They highlight even the slightest hint of gold undertones,” says makeup artist Emily Kate Warren. When lining brown eyes, a dark blue eyeliner creates a softer juxtaposition than black kohl does. If you don’t want to commit to deep blue with a full cateye, just trace the waterline for a similar effect. And don’t feel wedded to black mascara. Instead, try an eggplant-colored one for added emphasis. “Purple shades best enhance brown eyes that have hazel flecks,” says Warren. “The eyes already have a variety of tones, so you don’t need a dramatic shade to create a striking contrast.” Here’s what your eye color might reveal about your personality.
Soft neutrals serve baby blues
Big blue eyes have inspired poetry and paintings for centuries, but when it comes to creating your own artful makeup look, it’s easy to go wrong. Due to how light blue eyes can be, dark, rich shadows can easily overpower them. Instead of dark purples or browns, opt for neutral, light, and soft eye shadows. Any color with orange undertones—champagne, coral, terracotta, salmon, and burnt sienna—will pick up any gold or yellow flecks within blue eyes, making them appear even bluer and cooler. When it comes to adding liner and mascara, don’t be tempted to create a harsh contrast with black liner. Instead, it’s best to use a creamy, champagne eyeliner to enhance them. You can tightline—which means sticking very close to the edge of the eyelid, even cover your whole lid, or just blend the champagne liner into the corners of your eyes for added brightness. For mascara, try a dark brown or navy blue. These makeup tips can help you stand out in photographs.