Top 5 Neutral Eyeshadows For Brown Eyes

Having one of those lazy days but want a bit of color on the eyes? Neutral eyeshadow is the way to go and here are the top 5 colors I always reach for.

1. NARS Brousse Duo Eyeshadow ($33)

This soft, shimmery earthy brown from the NARS Holiday 2009 Collection is not only great as a wash on the lid, but can also be used to fill in the eyebrows. Plus the duo comes with an equally gorgeous plum so you can smoke things up in an instant.

2. MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow ($14.50)

Described as a “taupe with silver shimmer”, I have been wearing and loving this gorgeous color since 2002. I love that it is light enough for day but you can instantly dial up the drama by going heavier with the liner and mascara.

3. NYX Iced Mocha Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.50)

Pencils are always a fast and easy way to add color to your eyes and Iced Mocha is a shimmery cool taupe that I love using on my lower lashline. It gives my eyes that extra pop without the harshness of black liner.

4. Bobbi Brown Stone Long-wear Cream Shadow ($22)

This fool-proof brownish taupe goes on like a cream but dries off to a matte finish that will stay on all day without creasing or fading. Perfect as a shadow and a base!

5. Pixi Softly Smoky Eyes Palette ($9.99)

Pixi eyeshadow palettes always come with a variety of wearable shades for a quick, easy look. Although mine was limited edition from the Holiday 2009 Collection, the Mesmerizing Mineral Palette below from the permanent line will work equally as well.

What are some of your must-have neutral eyeshadows? Tell us!


    • These colors will actually work very nicely on other eye colors too but I will do a separate entry on eyeshadows for blue eyes =)

  1. Ooh I have so many:

    Revlon Colorstay 12 Hour quad in Coffee Bean
    Dior Incognito palette – barely there, sophisticated shimmers with beige, pink, brown, grey and a shimmery highlight. <3
    Nars Cordura duo – bought partly based on your lovely smokey eye tutorial!
    Shu Uemura IR Orange 200 – a true wash of golden shimmers which flatters Asian eye shapes, perfect even for day and can be smoked up with other colours (ooh I'm thinking Cordura…)
    Sleek Storm Palette – great quality and super flattering shades for brown eyes