Eye Makeup Looks: The Must-Have Shadow Color

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A good brown shadow is the one item every girl should have in her makeup bag, no matter what her eye color. It never goes out of style, and if chosen wisely, it can make a serious impact. Who knew the swipe of a single color could be so versatile? Shop our favorite brown eye shadows and see which shades are ideal for your eye color.

Green Eyes

Green eyes can vary from cool to warm shades, so you can never go wrong with shadows that have a subtle red hint, specifically rust-colored browns. If you're going for a darker shade, apply it close to the lash line in place of your daily eyeliner.

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Shop Your Shades

Long-Wear Cream Shadow In Beach Bronze

$25

Bobbi Brown

Chocolate Box Shimmer Cubes

$14

The Body Shop

Sparkle Eye Shadow In Allspice

$32

Bobbi Brown

Aqua Matic In Satiny Warm Brown

$21

Make Up For Ever

Duo Eyeshadow In Cordura

$35

NARS

Brown Eyes

Since brown is a neutral hue, it has the widest range of options when it comes to choosing an eye shadow. For a natural look, apply a tan with peach undertones to the lid and blend a chocolate brown hue in the crease.

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Shop Your Shades

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow In Panama

$30

Dior Beauty

Couture Palette Eyeshadow In Fauves

$60

Yves Saint Laurent

Couture Cream Eyeshadow In Brun Chachemire

$23

Givenchy

Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

$90

Guerlain

Eye Shadow In Milan

$30

Le Metier de Beaute

Blue Eyes

Baby blues have a naturally cool undertone so reach for warm shades to make them stand out. A grayish-brown, metallic copper or subtle bronze on the entire lid makes this eye color pop.

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Shop Your Shades

Eyeshadow In Mushroom

$18

Urban Decay

Surf & Sand Eyeshadow Palette

$65

Bobbi Brown

Sheer Eye Shadow In Midnight Brown

$29

Burberry Beauty

Shadow Milano Trio In Amalfi Sandstone

$34

Borghese

Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow In Antique Gold

$25

Bobbi Brown

Hazel Eyes

Hazel eyes are by far the most versatile because they are an amalgam of several colors. Play up the greens shades with rust-colored browns, complement browns with peach undertones and make your gold flecks shine with a hint of shimmer on the middle of your lids.

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Shop Your Shades

The Essential Eye Shadow Palette

$58

Kevin Aucoin

‘Full Exposure’ Eyeshadow Palette

$22

Smashbox

Metallic Eyeshadow In Burnt Sugar

$22

Bobbi Brown

Shade Shifter Eyeshadow In On The Road

$16

Kat Von D

Couture Cream Eyeshadow In Old Pink

$23

Givenchy