Certain make-up colours can accentuate brown eyes. Here are five stand-out colour ideas.
1. Purple mascara
We all generally use black or brown mascara on our lashes, but a purple mascara can be very flattering on brown eyes. If this sounds a bit scary to you, not to worry since the colour will not look too strong on your lashes but rather toned-down. A great mascara to try is Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo in Brown Eyes (R160, available at selected Dis-Chem stores). This mascara is dual-ended – one side offers a black volumising and lengthening mascara and on the other side an illuminating purple colour. You can either use each colour alone or together for a more toned-down look.
2. Bronze and gold eyeshadow
A metallic shade like bronze or gold eyeshadow will highlight the eye area and warm up your brown eyes. Simply apply the bronze or golden shade over the eyelids and see how it makes your eyes stand out. We like Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD Quad Eyeshadow in 002 English Oak (R100, available at selected stores nationwide), as it contains a bit of bronze and gold.
3. Deep purple gel liner
Purple is a very flattering eye-catching colour for brown eyes. Apply a purple gel liner on the top lash line for a subtle touch of colour. Inglot's Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel in 74 (R149, www.inglotsouthafrica.com) is a lovely purple that's highly pigmented, with a creamy and long-lasting formula. It is also water-, smudge- and crease-proof.
4. Midnight blue eyeliner
If you are daring and like to play with your make-up look, then you should try using a bright midnight blue eyeliner. You can apply it on the top and bottom lash line and smudge it to give a colourful smoky look. Avon Color Trend Eyeliner in Midnight Blue (R53, www.avon.co.za) is a lovely colour to try.
5. Blue and navy eyeshadow
Create a beautiful smoky eye with blue or navy eyeshadow, instead of using black. This is more appropriate for the office, since black can look a bit harsh. We like Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Quad in Blue Suede (R80, available at Dis-Chem stores) since it has four colours to play with – a highlighter, icy green/blue, navy and charcoal.