Exuding the glow of earth's base color and having an aura of mystery and exoticism, brown eyes can be very expressive when highlighted with the right makeup. So for those girls who think brown eyes are drab and dull, think again.
In contrast to popular perception, there are many colors that suit those pretty eyes including shades of blue, gold, purple and green. This makes it quite easy to choose the perfect eyeliner, if your eye color is brown. Here is a look at some of the best eyeliner colors to add a visual pop to those mystic brown eyes.
Best Eyeliner Shades for Brown Eyes
Brown eyes can be accentuated with shades of slate blue, gray, navy blue, plum and not to forget black. Since brown is a neutral color almost all makeup shades can make those brown eyes stand out. However, eyeliners in golden browns, deep red plums, bronze, and other warm tones can make the eyes look softer and warmer. Even cool shades in turquoise, taupe, and dark metal grays provide a beautiful contrast for brown eyes, and thus look great.
Eyeliners should be a staple in every makeup kit. They not only help accentuate the beauty of the eyes, but can also downplay some of the less attractive facial features. For selecting a liner for brown eyes you first need to determine your eye shade. This can include eyes which are dark brown almost bordering on black to medium brown, light brown to hazels. While darker eyes tend to work well with darker color highlights, medium-brown eyes look good with almost any eyeliner color. For the light-brown eyes, it is best to restrict the overtly dramatic makeup as it can end up overpowering the eyes instead of accentuating it.
Now that you know about which eyeliner colors look best on you, here is a step-by-step guide to applying the perfect eyeliner for the best effect.
Step 1: Before you can start with the eyeliner and mascara, make sure you have got all the other eye makeup done. Stand in front of the mirror and apply the eyeliner using a steady hand. If you are doing it for the first time then the best way to steady your hand and avoid shaking is to rest your elbow on the table.
Step 2: For applying eyeliner to eyelid, pull your eyelids taut and in one fluid stroke, draw a line keeping the eyelid's natural curvature in mind. Extend the liner from the inner corner of the eyelid to the outer corner of the eyelid just above your lashes. You can either keep the line consistently thin across the eyelid or thicken it at the outer eyelid ends.
Step 3: In addition to your upper lids, you can also choose to apply the eyeliner as a line on a larger part of the lower lid. For a smoky effect, gently smudge the line.
Some Special Tips
✎ While stopping the liner just at the corner of your eyes may make them look wide and round, sweeping them longer for the Cleopatra look can add an exotic touch to your eyes.
✎ For a natural effect, smudge the edges of the liner.
✎ For a perfectly straight line you can paint a few dots on the lash line and then join them.
✎ For small close-set eyes opt for a thin, intense liner.
✎ Wide-set eyes can be emphasized by highlighting the inner corners of the eyes. Similarly emphasize the outer corners of close set eyes for best results.
Light pinks and mauve are absolute no-no for brown eyes. They can make your eyes look swollen and puffy. This could be because most women with brown eyes tend to have yellow skin tone thus making them warm complexioned. The cool shades of pink and purple can contrast heavily with this skin tone. When applying the eyeliner make sure that you are working with an extremely thin brush. For lining the lower lids try using a pencil eyeliner to avoid smudging. So what are you waiting for? Be it navy blues, forest green, violets or copper, take your pick and choose what you think is the best for producing the glamorous best in you.