The best way to make brown eyes stand out is through bright, complementary colors like gold, copper, blue, purple, navy and green. These eye shadow hues help bring out the multidimensional tones in brown eyes.
Brown eyed girls with a taste for adventure should try a bright cobalt shadow, like Estée Lauder Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow in Fire Sapphire. This color contrasts with brown eyes and makes them pop. Navy shadow and liner is another great, slightly more subtle way to get brown eyes to shine. Navy liner is a great way to create a daytime ready cat eye.
To bring out the gold highlights in brown eyes, try a warm metallic shadow. Gold shadows, like L'Oréal Paris 24 HR Infallible Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine, and copper shadows, like Josie Maran Argan Eye Shadow in Cinnamon, help to make brown eyes shimmer.
Green shadows help to bring out the green in hazel eyes. Try a greenish gold color, like M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Sumptuous Olive. Greens are a good choice for people who are looking for an exciting color, but aren't quite ready to commit to cobalt blue.
Once the eye shadow has been applied, it is time for the finishing touches. Eggplant colored mascara is a great way to brighten brown eyes. Try Mally Beauty Volumizing Accents Mascara.