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#HQHowTo: Eyeshadow For Brown Eyes

When it comes to make-up, a lot of the time it can be pretty easy to get stuck in a rut and go for the same routine every day. If you’re in a rush to get ready, experimenting with different eye make-up can often be a no go, but here at HQhair we’ve devised a simple guide to showing you how to pick the perfect eyeshadow for brown eyes. Later this month, we’ll have guides for blue and green eyes too, so stay tuned!

If you were blessed with brown or hazel eyes, you’re in luck! You have a huge variety of colours to choose from to compliment your eyes. Neutral shades like salmon, bronze and gold work to really accentuate beautiful brown eyes as they are all in the same family as your eye colour. Below are our top 5 must have eyeshadow for brown eyes.

5 Must Have’s – Eyeshadow For Brown Eyes

  1. Thebalm NudeTude Palette Brown Eyes Nude Eye Palette eyeshadow for brown eyes hqhair
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    theBalm Nude’Tude Eyeshadow Palette

    This rudey-nudey is an essential for brown eyed babes. Containing 12 shades with earthy hues, theBalm Nude’Tude Palette is our go-to for everyday and night out make-up! For a simple day look, we recommend using the shade ‘sultry’ across the lid, and blending ‘sophisticated’ into the outer corner of the eyes and crease. For an added power pop, bring ‘sophisticated’ down into the outer corner of your lower lash line, and dab a tiny bit of ‘stand-offish’ onto the inner corner of your eyes.

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    Maybelline Eye Shadow Palette – The Nudes

    There is definitely a theme here! If theBalm’s Nude’Tude is slightly out of your price range,Maybelline’s The Nudes is the perfect alternative. Another palette with 12 shades, The Nudes covers muted neutrals, vanilla beige’s and deep, smokey hues. This palette is ideal for creating a smokey and sultry eye for a night out. Start off with a neutral beige tone across the lid, blending out towards the brow bone. Take a slightly darker brown shade into the outer third and crease of the lid to emphasise the shape of your eyes. Take a shade that is slightly darker still, and apply to the very outer corners of your eyes, again blending into the crease. Finally, apply a small amount of the black shade into your crease and blend like crazy!

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  3. Pixi mesmerizing mineral palette plum quartz eyeshadow for brown eyes hqhair
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    Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz

    If your eyes are slightly more on the hazel side of brown and include green pigments, aplum toned eyeshadow will really suit you. This Pixi Palette has 6 shimmering shades including pale dusty pinks, bronzed browns, a plummy purple and a deep khaki green, ideal for creating simple shadow looks and more bold, strong looks. At £12, this compact palette with an applicator is perfect for on the go too!

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    Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Smokey Brown

    Rimmel hold a place in most women’s make-up bags, and that’s because we love and trust them. Their eyeshadow quads live up to the Rimmel name, with four gorgeous earthy tones to create a subtle but smokey look. This quad is an ideal eyeshadow for brown eyes, with a lighter tone for highlights, two neutral shades – one warm and one cooler, and a deeper brown to add contour and shape. For £6.99, you can’t go wrong!

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    Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Addictive

    Define and highlight your eyes for a mesmerising but natural look with Revlon’s Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Addictive. This set of four nudes contains velvety rich powder with long-lasting 16 hour staying power. With no creasing, fading or smudging, and combined into one compact palette containing a wand applicator, this quad is the ideal go-to for taking your look from day to night. Simply top up your shadow and add extra definition to go from daytime and dreamy to moonlight and mesmerising.

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What do you think of our guide to eyeshadow for brown eyes? Will you be popping one of these into your basket?




I'm often referred to as 'the nail girl' because I love nail art - I have over 200 bottles of nail polish at home! But I love all things beauty; especially anything neon bright or packed with glitter. Growing up, I was a bit of a nerdy kid, so playing with colourful makeup or wacky hairstyles became my creative outlet - so it's great that this has become my job! You'll spot me at the bar, probably wearing sequins, drinking a Singapore Sling.

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