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When you think brown eyeshadow, images of natural makeup likely come to mind. And while brown can serve as the perfect hue for a nude eye shadow look, it can also be used to create so much more! If you’ve yet to experiment with brown eyeshadow looks in your makeup routine, now’s your chance. Below, we’re sharing how to do five brown eyeshadow looks we love, from natural to bold.
We’ll forever be a fan of a bronzed, all-over brown eyeshadow look. Not only is this makeup look totally Instagramable, it’s also super easy to achieve. Here’s what to do.
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte It Up
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Rose Gold
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Bronze
L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara
Get the look:
Step #1: Prime your eyes. As with any eye makeup look, you’ll want to start by applying an eye makeup primer to your lids.
Step #2: Coat your lids. Color your lids with a deep bronze eye shadow, preferably one with a shimmer formula to amp up the bronze vibes.
Step #3: Blend your crease. Apply a nude, matte eye shadow to your crease to create a blended look.
Step #4: Line your eyes. To emphasize the metallic influence of the look, use a rose gold liquid eyeliner to line your upper lash line. Then, use a bronze pencil eyeliner to line your lower lash line, gently smudging the line for a softer look.
Step #5: Coat your lashes. Finish your brown eyeshadow look with a few coats of mascara. This might be a bronze makeup look, but it deserves to take home the gold!
It doesn’t get more classic than a brown smoky eye. Wearable for almost any occasion, it’s a must in our roundup of brown eyeshadow looks.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Charme
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara
Get the look:
Step #1: Grab your eye primer. First thing’s first: Prime your eyes!
Step #2: Make it smoky. This brown smoky eye will be easiest to recreate with the help of a brown eyeshadow palette. First, apply a medium brown shade to your lid. Then, pop a nude hue onto the inner third of your lid. Deepen the look—and make things smoky—by applying the darkest brown shade in your crease, making sure to blend well. Finish by dragging the same medium brown shade you started with along your lower lash line, smudging gently as you go.
Step #3: Wing it out. What’s a smoky eye without winged eyeliner? Use a liquid liner to perfect your cat eye.
Step #4: Apply mascara. Complete your brown smoky eye with a few coats of mascara.
You may be used to silver and gold being a magic combo, but brown and gold go just as well—if not better, in our opinion. Together, the shades make a seriously beautiful brown eyeshadow look.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow in Gilded Gold
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Quartz Fume
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Gold
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mystic Black
Step #1: Prime your lids. You know the drill.
Step #2: Paint it gold. Use a flat top eye shadow brush to pack your gold eye shadow onto your lid.
Step #3: Add your brown. Define your eye by applying brown eye shadow into your crease. Be sure to blend well, focusing on building the color at the outer “V” of your lid.
Step #4: Line your lower lash line. Use a gold pencil liner to line your lower lash line, tying the look together.
Step #5: Apply mascara. You know what’s next—coat your lashes!
Another color combo we can’t get enough of when it comes to brown eyeshadow is brown and orange. The duo creates the ultimate warm-toned look.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Cafe Au Lait
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Sunset Seine
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara in Black Brown
Step #1: Apply eye primer. Coat your lids with an eye primer.
Step #2: Color your lids. Use a matte medium brown eyeshadow to shade your lids. Pack on the color with a flat eye shadow brush.
Step #3: Add your orange. Pop an orange eye shadow into your crease using a fluffy blending brush. Be sure to blend any harsh lines between your brown and orange shades. Then, use a small flat top brush to drag the orange hue along your lower lash line, gently smudging and stopping halfway toward your inner corner.
Step #4: Amp up your lashes. Apply a few coats of brown mascara to complete the look.
Did we mention we love color combos? Brown and teal look absolutely beautiful together and are a particularly flattering duo for those looking for makeup for brown eyes.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Bottomless Java
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Mix and Matte
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea
L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Waterproof Lengthening Mascara
Step #1: Prime your eyes. Once again, prep your eyes with primer.
Step #2: Paint your lids. Apply a brown eye shadow to your entire lid using a flat top eye shadow brush. Then, use a nude hue to blend the color into your crease with a blending brush.
Step #3: Add some color. Use a small flat top brush to drag a teal eye shadow along your lower lash line. Hello, contrast!
Step #4: Apply mascara. Finish your brown eyeshadow look with a few coats of lengthening mascara. That’s it!
Next up: We mentioned orange eye shadow, but did you know it’s a trend? Check out our article, Shade Spotlight: Orange Eye Shadow, to learn more about pulling off this popping hue.
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