Choose an eyeshadow color that makes your brown eyes shine. You can't go wrong with brown shades, though if you want more drama, makeup artist Joanna Schlip tells "Teen Vogue" magazine that brown-eyed beauties should sweep on purple shades like Merlot, eggplant or plum. Soft pink and gold hues can also make brown eyes pop, but steer clear of shimmery shades, and pick medium to dark colors instead. When it comes to hooded eyes, shimmer shadows can make your lids look larger and puffier.
Prime your peepers with a little cream foundation to give your eyeshadow extra staying power. Smooth on a light layer and blend that goop in with your fingers.
Give yourself an instant faux eye lift by tracing a little black eyeliner on your upper lash line. Make the eyeliner line thinner at the inner corners of your eyes and slightly thicker at your eye's outer corners.
Grab a medium-sized eyeshadow brush and sweep your color from your lash line up to the crease, then stop. With hooded eyes, you don't want to extend your color too far onto the hood. If you go past the crease with your color, it'll just draw attention to your hooded eyes and magnify your lids.
Blend in your shadow with a blending brush so everything looks neat and even. Use a light touch when blending, otherwise you'll just blend away all your work. You want to smooth out your color, not erase it.
Give your lashes a boost with an eyelash curler. Straight lashes can make your eyes look more hooded, but a little lash flip gives the appearance of a lifted hood. To finish up, top those lashes off with a coat or two of black mascara.
True, shimmer shadows are no friends to hooded lids, but you can keep a little light shimmer around for the inner corners of your eyes. For a tricky eye-brightening technique, dab just a small hint of shimmer right on those innermost eye corners.