Monday, January 21, 2013



My brown eyed gals!!! This is part three of my mini-series: Top 10 MAC Eyeshadows for Your Eye Color.  Brown eyes look fabulous with just about ANY color! You can pull off bright colors, neutrals, and anything in between! The majority of the eyeshadows in the post are pretty bright. If you are looking for great everyday neutrals please click the link below.

Click HERE for my Top 15 Neutral MAC Eyeshadows

Click HERE for my Top 10 MAC Eyeshadows for Fair/Light skin.
Click HERE for my Top 10 MAC Eyeshadows for Medium/Tan Skin
Click HERE for my Top 10 MAC Eyeshadows for Dark Skin

Here are my recommendations for BROWN EYES:


Knight Divine is an asphalt black with silver pearl, but applies like a blackened grey with shimmer. It is gorgeous with brown eyes -- it makes them glow! Kind of reminds me of the way a wolf's eyes glow at night.


MAC calls Tempting a "sinfully rich cocoa" and I guess I agree with that vague description. This is one of the very few Luster finish eyeshadows from MAC that I really like. Tempting looks gorgeous on brown eyes! If you aren't a fan of glitter, I would avoid this shadow.



Beautiful gold color that looks great by itself on the lid, or smudged along the lower lash line. It can appear a little orange on fair skin, so keep that in mind if it applies to you. Although they look similar in the pan, Tempting and Woodwinked look nothing alike on the eye.


I love this color sooooo much. I recommend this one to everyone, especially ladies with brown eyes. It is a bronzy olive green on the lid.


If you could only have one green eyeshadow from any makeup brand, this should be it!!! Put Humid on the top of your makeup wishlist! I would say that it is a mix between a hunter green and a forest green with shimmer.


Navy eyeshadows look GREAT on brown eyes; Contrast is a purpley navy with blue shimmer. I love this color in the crease or on the lid... you can also smudge it along your lower lash line.


Beautiful midtone purple with bluish purple shimmer. I think this shadow looks good on cool and warm skin tones alike, making it a universally gorgeous shade! This too is a pretty bright eyeshadow, so bear that in mind!


Satin Taupe looks gorgeous on EVERYONE, and brown eyes are no exception. It is a metallic taupe with a slight purple undertone. There is a reason ST is the most talked about eyeshadow on the internet...


Cranberry is a true cranberry color with shimmer. It has superb texture, pigmentation, and blendability, and makes brown eyes pop! It can be a little intimidating at first, but definitely worth checking out.


Nocturnelle is warm darker purple with shimmer. I really love the way it pairs with both Satellite Dreams and Satin Taupe.




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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for checking out my blog!

  2. I was planning to make 2 pallets with Mac eye shadows but they have so many and I was looking for exactly this type of advice and recommendation. Thank you!
    If you would recommend some of MAC powder pigments what would you choose as a must have?
    Thanks again!

    1. Hey Claudinne!

      Are you planning on two palettes of 4 or 15? I would make sure to get some good neutrals that you would use everyday! I have a post of my top 15 neutrals if you want to check that out too!

      As far as pigments go... The only one I think is a definite must have is Vanilla Pigment because it is so versatile. Others that I think are definitely worth purchasing are Naked Pigment, Blue Brown Pigment and Tan Pigment. There are quite a few websites that sell samples of MAC's pigments that will seriously last you months if not years for less than $5.

      Hope that helps!

    2. Hi Sara, I stumbled upon your blog and interested getting MAC pigments as well. Would you mind listing the few websites that sell samples. I heard many sell fade MAC pigments. Thanks in advance


      The pigments from this site are authentic! Hope that helps :)

  3. I couldn't agree more. I have brown eyes; and have the ones that you mentioned. They are absolutely beautiful and complement my eyes very much!

    Great post :)

    1. Glad to hear that a brown eyed beauty agrees with my choices ;)

  4. Dear Sarah,
    Okay so I haven't really dipped into a lot of Mac eyes shadows but I thought it was time I should give them a try. I have been purchasing Mac products for about a year now but at the same time I would consider myself an amateur at doing make up. I have super dark brown eyes that almost look black. Also, I have a medium olive skin tone. I want to create a palette with colors that I can wear ever day. Sort of like a beginner's palette. I know a lot of it is how you apply the eye shadows, however, I am unsure about what kind of tones I should incorporate. I know that it would definitely be natural tones like the ones you have listed above and it would most likely be a 4 color palette. I have gone to the Mac counter but in all honesty I felt that I received very little help. Any advice?

    1. Here is an awesome video about how to build a 4 color palette...

      Here's an example of a quad that I think would work great for you!

      1. Vanilla - highlight
      2. All That Glitters -- lid
      3. Woodwinked -- lid
      4. Saddle -- crease

      I hope that helps Eunice!

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  6. do you have any suggestions of mac eyeshadows for hazel eyes?

  7. Just what I was looking for; thanks!!!

  8. Just what I was looking for; thanks!!!

  9. Wow. I love your blog. Stumbled on it by accident and I don't mind it at all. I have Satin Taupe too and I have brown eyes, really love it!

  10. I'm so intrigued by using Cranberry & Nocturnelle for brown eyes! Do you recommend mixing those colors with one of the brown eyeshadows you also suggested? Would you put the Cranberry or Nocturnelle on the outer lid? Or would you use either of those colors with just a highlighting color such as Shroom or Naked Lunch? Thanks for any advice! :)

    1. You can use either for a variety of different looks. Nocturnelle looks great on the lid or in the outer v. Cranberry looks fabulous on the lid paired with black eyeliner... Both work well on the lower lash line. They could work with when paired just with a highlight shadow, but typically I like to warm up the crease a little with a warm brown.

    2. Thank you! I can't wait to try these colors out :)

  11. Thank you for this list. I tend to stray away from "colors" but I jst added satellite dreams to my wishlist.


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