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The Ultimate Guide to Eye Makeup for Brown and Hazel Eyes

Makeup is all about having fun and experimenting, but there’s no doubt that certain colors can really make your eyes pop. Find out which colors are best for bringing out brown and hazel eyes, along with our recommendations for BH Cosmetics products that will complement your natural beauty!

Best Colors for Brown Eyes

If you are a brown-eyed girl, there are a variety of colors that flatter dark brown hues. The best colors to pick include shades of gold, taupe, and purple.

We have a variety of palettes that are suited for brown eyes. The Neutral Eyes 28 Color Eyeshadow palette is packed with flattering shades including matte and shimmer purples and neutrals. Consider switching up your traditional smokey eye to a purple smokey eye for a unique take on this look.

Another great eyeshadow palette that has the ideal colors for highlighting brown eyes is the Wild Child Baked Eyeshadow Palette. This palette features a mix of neutral gold shades with pops of plums and purples that can be used for a more casual daytime look or amped up during the evening for a plum smokey eye.If you are looking for a versatile palette packed with tons of eyeshadows for brown eyes, the Sixth Edition 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette is another choice to consider. It is filled with 120 different colors including a mix of bold purples and golds. Shadows come in a variety of textures. We love mattes for daytime and shimmers for evenings.

Another way to switch up your look is to apply one of the deep purple eyeshadows as eyeliner. Lightly dust shadow onto your preferred eyeliner makeup brush and apply to upper and lower lash line for a polished look.

Don’t forget to finish with a hint of your favorite lip color to perfect your style! Marie Claire recommends pinks or nudes for brown eyes. Stock up on Tea-Time or Forever Nude (or both) from our Crème Luxe Lipstick collection to complete your look.

Best Colors for Hazel Eyes

Hazel-eyed beauties have a unique combination of brown and green, so you can use different eyeshadows to bring out certain colors in your eyes and really make them stand out. Some of the best eyeshadow shades to pair with hazel eyes include champagne, pink, and brown.

We recommend investing in a palette that has a mix of these colors such as our Studio Pro Dual Effect Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Palette. This palette offers golds, neutrals, and pink eyeshadows and can be applied wet or dry so you have more room to experiment with the look.

Another option if you love champagne and brown eyeshadows is the Illuminate By Ashley Tisdale: Beach Goddess Eye and Cheek Collection. This palette has shimmer and metallic golds and bronzes that can be used to create a beachy summer look. You can balance the color on your eyes with one of the blushes or bronzers included in the palette for a sun kissed and vibrant face.

Apply one of the deep brown eyeshadows from this palette as eyeliner for a neutral, bronze smokey eye.

Complete your look with your favorite lip gloss or lipstick! Marie Claire recommends sticking to coral or medium brown shades for hazel eyes. We suggest applying Skinny Dipping from our Ashley Tisdale Enhancing Lip Gloss Collection to complete lips.

Even if you aren’t a hazel- or brown-eyed babe, all of these products can help you create your best BH look! Show us how you bring out your eye color on Instagram with the hashtag #BHCosmetics!

Shimmer vs. Matte Makeup: Find Your Ideal Makeup Finish

Shimmer and matte makeup are two of the most common makeup finishes you’ll come across. These two textures are on the opposite ends of the makeup spectrum, but both have their benefits. No matter which type you prefer, both are capable of creating gorgeous makeup looks.

Let’s breakdown matte versus shimmer makeup to find out which type of makeup is best for you!

Matte Makeup

Matte makeup is pretty easy to spot, as it’s that poreless, airbrushed look that we all know and love. Generally, matte makeup does not contain any oil. Therefore, it can be ideal for people with oily skin. If you have dry skin, matte makeup can make it appear more noticeable.

How to apply matte makeup

Wash and moisturize your face before you apply matte foundation. Because it doesn’t contain oil, matte makeup won’t budge, but we always recommend using a primer first. If you have dry skin, our Studio Pro Anti-Shine and our Studio Pro Mattifying Primer are both great options to prep your foundation. Apply matte makeup using a blending sponge, as this will help to give your foundation that airbrushed look that you are after.

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Mattifying Face Primer

For matte eye makeup, it’s pretty simple. Make sure your eyeshadow primer also has a matte finish, like this long-wear primer. Avoid any eyeshadows that are too shimmery. Our Modern Neutrals 28 Color Matte Eyeshadow Palette contains lots of versatile, matte shades for you to choose from.

Don’t forget about your lips! Lucky for you, liquid matte lipstick is one of the hottest beauty trends in the industry, and one we don’t see going away any time soon.

Shimmer Makeup

Shimmer makeup is just what it sounds like…it shimmers! Unlike its matte counterpart, shimmer makeup contains sparkle and glitter. It’s known for giving that sun-kissed, youthful glow.

How to apply shimmer makeup

To get this look, choose a foundation that isn’t labeled as matte. It sounds obvious, but using matte makeup will create the opposite effect. We like liquid foundations for this look, but BB Cream will also make you appear radiant all day long.

Shimmer can come in various textures, but it’s most important that your setting powder contains shimmer. The powder will give you the illuminating look that you want. Once you’ve finished applying your foundation, use a light, fluffy brush to gently apply your setting powder. Don’t use too much pressure. Light pressure will give you that subtle shimmer that you want.

What better way to get that illuminating look you want than Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale collection? The Illuminating Shimmer works well as a bronzer or highlighter to create a glowy look that warms your skin. Don’t be afraid to apply this product to your collarbone and neck too. Our Blacklight Highlight palette is another must-have if you are Team Shimmer. Hint: you can also use it on your eyes!

BH Cosmetics Blacklight Highlight Palette

For your eyes, apply a neutral shimmer as the base shade. You can also apply a lighter shimmer to the inner corners of your eyelids.

Finish with your favorite lip gloss, and you’re ready to shimmer and shine!

Are you Team Shimmer or Team Matte? At BH Cosmetics, we love a good beauty debate! Looking for more comparisons of your favorite beauty products? Check out our post that’s all about gloss versus matte lipsticks.

Show us your best festival makeup looks and WIN BIG!

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Festival season is here! We are so excited to see your outfits and most of all…makeup looks! Three winners will score over $800 IN BH GIFTCARDS!

All you have to do is show us your best music festival makeup looks! You can enter as many times as you want so go all out! We can’t wait to see beautiful creations!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Post a photo or video to Instagram featuring your best Music Festival Makeup Look.
  • Enter as many times as you want—show us your creativity!
  • List out all the BH Cosmetics products you used, hashtag your entry with #BHMusicFest and tag one friend.
  • Entries may be submitted beginning at 10:00 AM PT on Tuesday,  April 11, 2017 and ending on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 5 PM PT.
  • Winners will be contacted via DM and tagged on Instagram on Friday, April 21, 2017.
  • One grand prize winner will receive a $500 BH Cosmetics gift card. 
  • One second place winner will receive a $250 BH Cosmetics gift card.
  • One third place winner will receive a $100 BH Cosmetics gift card.

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