Eye Makeup for Brown Eyes: Step-by-Step tutorial.



End result with all products listed below!


This post was inspired by comments I received by Christa and Angie.  Christa is a new mom and was looking for suggestions to make her brown eyes pop.  Angie requested a post/guide specifically dedicated for new moms to follow.  I happily accept the challenge; an eye makeup for brown eyes is my specialty!

I have a soft spot for new moms, after all I use to be one.  Even though my babies are not babies anymore and my nights are rather peaceful (don’t be jelly), I find in many regards, I’m just as busy as ever!    The last thing any mom thinks about, is putting on makeup.   I went down that dark path, and trust me [I] was not pretty.  The more I tried to simplify my routine the more “I” became obsolete.

Invoking the spirit of the evil queen,  I recited ,  “Mirror, Mirror on the wall,  Am I the fairest of them all?”  Suddenly, sans  warning, the mirror shattered and I knew it was time to make a change.   Were the makeup powers that be, trying to tell me something?    I can take a hint….Without further ado, let me show you what has evolved from that faithful day:

THE PRODUCTS:   Please do not feel compelled to use/purchase the same products.  Substitute your own products as needed.


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot,  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyesahdow in Shimmering Bronze,  YSL cream liner #7 Gold Star,  Laura Mercier Ritual,  Hourglass Diffused,  L’oreal Extra Intense liquid pencil eyeliner in Brown, Physician Formula 2-in-1 eyeliner pen in Dark Brown,  MAC Too Chic powder (used as a highlighter),  Sunday Riley blush in Blushing.
TOOLS: Burberry #09 blending brush, Estee Lauder angled eyeliner brush #20, Billy B #12 brush (THE BEST), Shu Uemura Seal Brown 02 eyebrow pencil, Billy B. eyebrow comb and brush.


 Step-by-Step Eye Tutorial:

  • ALWAYS start by applying a shadow base;  Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my choice (for now).  This will insure your eyeshadow does not crease.   Next, apply MAC Soft Ochre Paint pot to even out the lid coloring.  This can also be used as your sole eyeshadow (with the addition of mascara and liner) on lazy days for a clean polished look.

You should have something that looks like this.


  • Next, take L’oreal liquid eyeliner pencil in Brown and run a line along the lash line (does not have to be precise).  Then take Billy B. #12 brush or any angled eyeliner brush and smudge out the line.  Being that I have deep set eyes, I cannot take the brown all over the lid.  By keeping the upper half of the lid in the ochre color,  I give the illusion that my eyes are not as deep.  If I were to completely apply the brown to the whole mobile lid,  it would further recess my eyes.  Big no-no on tired eyes!

Smudged L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Brown


  • Next,  use Tarte’s eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze and apply it on top of the smudged Brown liner.  Having the L’oreal liner act as a base for the Tarte shadow, will intensify the bronze and truly make it last all day!!!   Of course, you can add more Shimmering Bronze until you have reached your desired intensity!


  • Next, take Laura Mercier Ritual (reviewed here) and apply it with Burberry #09 blending brush to the crease and slightly above.  This step adds warmth and dimension to the eye area.  Add Hourglass Diffused (reviewed here) on the brow bone to highlight that area.


  • Next, take  Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 eyeliner pen in Dark Brown and line your lash line.  I always add a flick to the end to elongate my round eyes.

Coming together!!

  • Curl your lashes if necessary.  I do not do this step everyday because I have naturally long curled lashes, but for demonstration purpose here I go:


  • Next, add mascara and line the lower inner rim of your eyes with YSL #7 gold star cream liner.  If you really want your eyes to stand out, apply individual false lashes at the ends or an entire strip!

I used L’oreal Telescopic mascara, the one in the gold tube.

  • I always apply foundation, bronzer, blush, and finishing powder AFTER my eye makeup is complete.  This method will insure, any fallen shadow (from powder formulas) will not disrupt my face makeup.  No powdered eyeshadows were used for this look,  but I am so accustomed to doing things this way.  Can’t teach this young dog new tricks 🙂
  • Add your favorite lipstick and Voila you are done.



THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?  

It would tell you to be the best version of yourself.  If makeup will get you there, even better.   Coco Chanel once said,

I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself upa little-if only out of politeness.  And then you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny.  And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny. 

Amen sister!!!   This pertains to men as well!!   Makeup also says, “A happy woman makes a happy MOMMY and WIFE!!!”  Be well and stay safe.