BY Via Harper's Bazaar US /
Apr 12 2017 /
Ricky Wilson, a celebrity makeup artist says the only shadow and liner colour you want to avoid? Brown! "When you wear brown on brown eyes, the result looks flat," adds Nick Barose, the makeup artist of dark-eyed beauties like Lupita Nyong'o. Here, a list of the hues you want in your kit for those beautiful brown eyes..
BEST BLUES - Brown is the most neutral eye colour, which means the bolder the makeup colour, the better the contrast. Cobalt and navy blues are a favourite of Wilson's because "they tend to bring out the reddish tones that are normally hidden in brown eyes," he says. Try dusting a deep blue on the lid stopping at the crease for day, or intensify it with a dramatic navy smoky eye for night. To keep it from looking "too strong," he adds, "I normally place a golden colour to highlight the inner corner of the eye and use tons of mascara."
PRETTIEST PURPLE - "Shades of purple have the ability to make deep brown eyes appear more golden," states Wilson. For an easy wash of color, swipe a plum shade across your lids and use a neutral color (like your bronzer) in the creases. Or, swap out your traditional black pencil for one in eggplant. "It's dark enough to frame the eyes without screaming purple," explains Wilson. Pair it with neutral shadows or with a smoky eye.
SHIMMERY METALLICS -
To illuminate brown eyes in a softer way, consider creamy gold or bronze colours. "When you highlight the inner corners of the lashlines with a metallic liner, you actually open the eyes up instead of closing them off," explains Barose. Place the colour in the corners of the lower lids only, then use black pencil along the top lash lines for definition. If you prefer shadow over liner, create a reflective quality to your eyes with a gold or bronze tone dabbed on the center of the eyelids or along the outer edge of the creases.
BOLD BLACK -
Another way to accent brown eyes is with a sexy black shadow or liner. Rim your upper and lower lashlines, then smudge the pencil gently. "It gives an intense subtle smoky line," says Wilson. Black adds a dramatic effect to colourful looks as well. "I use a black pencil underneath the blue or purple colours to intensify them," suggests Wilson. If you choose a waterproof option, "it lasts all night without budging."