The Best Eye Makeup for Dark Brown Eyes

Brown eyes look glorious in gold.

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Brown-eyed girls are beautiful all on their own, but the right eye shadow color can accentuate your eye color and make your peepers really pop. Look deliciously doe-eyed with a shadow color that emphasizes the richness of your deep brown beauties. Have your man staring into your soul all night long -- or work your seductive magic on that dance floor hottie with those devilishly dark eyes.

Bold in Gold

Gold eyeshadow makes browns look rich and deep. If you're dressing up for an evening out, polish the look further with some brown liner applied on the upper lashline. Prep your eyes with shadow primer to make that sexy color stand out, especially if you have darker skin. Sweeping on a neutral cream shadow first makes gold powders easier to blend. If you have light skin, stick with pinkish-gold shadows. Darker-skinned ladies can wear bold, copper-based hues.

Pretty in Purple

"Glee" star Jayma Mays showed that she knew how to make her brown eyes stand out in photos featured in "Lucky" magazine. Purple makes her eyes look lovely and wide, and you can get her look by investing in some purple shadows of your own. Brown-eyed beauties can wear both light and dark shades of purple. Just make sure you use darker purples sparingly along your lashline and rely on lighter shades for your eyelid up to the crease.

Bright Blues and Turquoise

"InStyle" magazine reports that shocking blue and turquoise powders are must-have beauty buys for spring 2011. When working with these shadows, remember that less is more. You don't want to overdo it and look like a bad 80s flashback. A light swipe at the lashline is all you need to create striking contrast between your deep browns and these bright spring shades. The look is minimalist enough for daywear but looks anything but predictable and drab.

Gray and Blue for a Smoky Look

Pair a gray cream shadow with soft blues for a sexy smoky eye. Apply the gray cream shadow as a base. Sweep on a pale blue powder over top and then use an eyeshadow blending brush to buff the two layers together. Use a blue-gray eye pencil along your upper lashline and on your lower lash bed, applying a little extra color at the outside corners of your eyes. To really wow 'em, finish the look with a flat brush and a deep purple shadow pressed into your upper lashline.

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