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Adding gold into the mix of brown tones on your eyes can cause a metallic explosion of confusion. Give yourself a moment to regroup -- creating a romantic brown-and-gold eye makeup look is actually quite simple. Remember this guideline and the rest is a piece of cake: Always use a neutral brown. If you have a warm complexion, opt for golds with yellow or orange undertones. If you have a cool complexion, opt for golds with rose or gray undertones. Once you have your color palette figured out, the rest is a breeze.
Apply a gentle, barely there look if you're in the mood for a subtle eye. Sweep a pale gold eye shadow across your upper eyelid until you reach the crease. Fill in the crease and the area just above with a soft, light brown shade. Blend the two colors with your fingertip or a cotton swab. Apply a single coat of brown mascara to your top lashes only by gently dragging the wand back and forth from side to side for a natural, romantic finish.
Line your top and bottom eyelids with a medium-brown eyeliner if you want a classically romantic approach to your look. Line your top lids all the way across, but only line the outer three-quarters of your bottom lids. Smudge the liner with a cotton swab or the smudge tip of your eyeliner pencil. Sweep a soft gold eye shadow across your top lids, your crease and just above the crease. Apply the shadow to the inner corners of your eyes and the unlined portion of your lower lids. Finish with a coat of black mascara on your top and bottom lashes.
Line your inner rims with a dark brown eyeliner if you want an intense, smoky effect for your romantic look. Apply metallic brown eye shadow to the outer corners of your eyes, just above the crease and beneath your lower lash lines. Sweep on a bold, metallic gold shadow to your top lid and smudge a bit just beneath your lower lashes in the center, layered over the brown shadow. Complete your look with two coats of blackest black mascara on your top lashes only.
Create a heavy black line on your upper lids with a black liquid eyeliner -- this serves as the foundation for your look by making it appear as though you have super-thick lashes. Apply a soft brown eye shadow to your upper lids and just above the crease. Dab a bright gold metallic eye shadow onto the inside corners of your eyes, blending with your fingertips or a cotton swab. Finish this look with two coats of blackest black mascara on your top lashes only, adding a third coat to the lashes nearest the outer corners of your eyes.
When you're creating a look with more than one color, always blend the shades together with your fingertips or a cotton swab for a natural look. If the gold and brown look is new to you, begin with light layers of color and add more as you go along to avoid having to start from scratch more than once.