Makeup Look Ideas for Brunettes | Best Makeup For Brown Hair

According to the U.S. National Library of Genetics, dark brown hair is the most common hair color in the world. It means that over 90 percent of people, who live on this planet, have brown hair. Natural brown hair color comes in a variety of shades: from the darkest espresso color to a soft honey brown shade. With the help of makeup, brunettes can accentuate their features and emphasize the rich color of their brown locks. Don't forget that the makeup of your choice should fit not only your hair color, but also your eye color. For all you beautiful brunettes, here's a few look ideas to make your hair and eyes stand out!


Brunettes with dark brown eyes should play with saturated brown and dark gray eyeshadows. A smoldering  smokey really emphasizes any eye color and there's so many different variations to a classic smokey.

Smokey Red

Metallic Smokey Tutorial

Since brown is considered a neutral hue, brown-eyes gals can really get away with any eyeshadow color! Shades of blue, purple and orange look great on brown-eyed brunettes. Rich jewel tones will make your eyes pop the most so don't be afraid to experiment with bold hues. These shades work because they're on the opposite end of the color spectrum.

Teal Smokey

Gilded Glam

Another thing to keep in mind are textures and different formulas. Eyeshadow finishes plays a very important role in your makeup, so don't stick to plain matte finishes and liberate yourself with chunky glitter or dewy metallics and feel free to even combine these looks!

When you're working with bold or intense hues, it's always a good idea to add color to the face so make sure to add a small amount of bronzer to your cheeks for a healthy glow and pop on a nude lipstick to compliment and balance out the look.



Are you a brunette with gorgeous hazel or amber eyes? Earthy neutrals in brick red, brown and gold - just like the shades in your eye color will enhance your eyes. This color option is great for everyday. 

For a pop of color, try refreshing turquoise and lime green shades. These colors will bring out the natural warmth of your iris, making your eyes appear brighter.

Smokey Purple

Purple Glam

To really bring out hazel eyes, go on the opposite end of the color spectrum and reach for rich shades of purple for a striking color contrast.

Soft Colors

Keep the emphasis on those gorgeous honey-hued eyes by applying bold statement colors on the lids and keeping the lips in a neutral shade.


Glam Purple

Green-eyed brunettes look best in red-violet shades as it's on the opposite end of the color spectrum (from green). So don't be afraid to reach for a deep red color palette as it'll really bring out your eye color. For an everyday look, go for soft mauve and pastel purple hues.

Shimmering Gold & Green

Green Abyss

Turquoise Green

For a bold statement look, go for different shades of green and again, play with shimmering textures which will bring out different shades of green in your eyes. Warm undertones and rich metallics really emphasize the eyes and bring out the golden flecks in the iris.

Gilded Gold

Silver Smoke

Plums, pink and even red lipstick look great on green eyes so don't be afraid to experiment with some bold lip choices.


If you love color, blue eyes look best in an amethyst purple color palette. Lilac, lavender and even deep violet will enhance those baby blues and allow you to wear a pop of color.

For a bold look, blue eyed brunettes look stunning in a warm-toned smokey eye. Rich tones in bronze, orange and even terracotta add for one fiery combination!

Classic Smokey

Smokey Brown

Reach for shades like red, orange and pink which are on the opposite end of the color spectrum. These shades will warm up those icy blues and really makes them stand out. If you haven't already, try the sunset eyes look!

Balance out the look with dewy highlighter and a glossy lip. Brunettes look great with a warm rosy hint of color on the cheeks so play around with different blushes.

To sum it up, brunettes, you look stunning in rich jewel tones so don't be afraid of color! Play up the eyes with different textures and finishes and bring balance to the look with cheek color. We don't believe in any strict rules in makeup, so feel free to use this for reference but all-in-all, just let your creativity flow in applying makeup!

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