Recently, I’ve been really into watching Hart of Dixie on Netflix and I somehow got myself addicted to watching episodes every single day. Rachel Bilson, the actress and star of the show, has the most gorgeous dark brown eyes ever, and she always wears gorgeous eye makeup to enhance them. I decided that I would do a Makeup For Brown Eyes tutorial that is inspired by Rachel Bilson using browns and emerald greens. Also, I know that I don’t have brown eyes, but this look does work for all eye colors, even blue and green eyes like mine. It just so happens that these shades in particular look stunning against warm, rich brown eye colors. The full tutorial is inside!
THE EYE MAKEUP: Creating depth and dimension on the eye is the key to wearing shades like green and blue. Often people are intimidated by green and blue eyeshadow, but if you layer other shades up through the socket and crease, you create a gorgeous complementary effect. This look has two shades of brown in the socket and crease and a gorgeous metallic emerald green over the eyelid. These shades work together to bring a warmth to the eyes and skin, making them perfect for brown eyes!
I used my LORAC Mega Pro Palette and marked the shades I used above. Feel free to use similar shades you have in your collection! Here’s how to get the look:
- Apply Shade 1 (Camel) to the socket of your eye generously and blend upward toward your brow-bone. This is our transition color and will peek out from the eye against the green. Build this shade up in layers a few times.
- Apply Shade 2 (Espresso) directly into the crease of your eye. Do not extend this shade upward too far, as you don’t want to cover up Shade 1. Focus this shade in the crease of the eye only and build it up to your desired intensity. This shade is incredibly pigmented, so if you’re using the LORAC Mega Pro Palette, you probably only need one or two applications.
- Apply Shade 3 (Deep Teal) with a wet brush over your entire eyelid. Pat this shade on so you get a nice metallic intensity to it. Also apply this shade along the lower lash-line.
- Blend out your lower lash-line by applying Shade 1 with a fluffy blending brush.
- Go back with Shade 2 in the crease so none of the emerald green is peeking into the crease of your eye.
To really make the eyes pop, apply black eyeliner to your lower water-line and tight-line your upper lashes. The black eyeliner with the emerald green will really make brown eye colors pop. I used false eyelashes, as well, which is perfect if you’re going out for a special occasion. This is a great way to wear green eyeshadow, not just for brown-eyed babes, but for everyone!
FOR THE FACE AND LIPS: When working with greens, I like to stick with a peach or bronze palette on my face. I used NARS “Orgasm” Lip Gloss which is one of my all-time favorites.
For the face makeup, I used:
- Bare Escentuals Serum Foundation
- NYX HD Concealer
- NARS Paloma Contour Blush
- Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette
- BECCA Opal Highlighter
This is a makeup look that will really work on anyone and everyone, but especially those with hazel and brown eyes. It will really bring out the warmth of your eyes and make them pop.
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