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Best Brown Eyeliner Shades and Brown Eyeliner Looks

Published: 23 February 2023

Learn how brown eyeliner can be used in your routine. Discover brown eyeliner looks and find the best brown eyeliner shades like chocolate, bronze, espresso.

Woman applying brown liquid eyeliner in a winged eyeliner shape

Brown eyeliner is a staple eyeliner shade that should have a place in your makeup bag. It’s a perfect switch up from black eyeliner and allows you to create definition, depth and dimension without overpowering the eyes. Whether you prefer a subtle, barely-there line or a bold, smokey effect, brown eyeliner can help you create it.

Who Should Wear Brown Eyeliner?

Brown eyeliner is a universally flattering shade of eyeliner and can take the place of your classic black liner. Regardless of your skin tone or eye color – brown eyeliner has a place in your routine.

Black vs Brown Eyeliner

Black is often regarded as the classic eyeliner shade – but brown eyeliner can be a great alternative to black. Brown eyeliner often looks more natural than black eyeliner but can still provide intensity and definition. Warm brown eyeliner shades complement cool eye colors and cool toned dark brown shades look great on brown eyes.

Consider brown eyeliner especially if you have lighter colored eyes like blue or grey and find that black eyeliner can look harsh.

Metallic Brown Eyeliner worn in a cut crease graphic eyeliner shape

Brown Eyeliner Shades

Brown might seem like a classic and universal shade – but one shade does not fit all – there are many different variations of brown eyeliner shades.

Dark Brown Eyeliner Shades: Dark Brown, Chocolate, Espresso

Light Brown Eyeliner Shades: Light Brown, Taupe, Bronze

What are the best brown eyeliners?

Brown Pencil Eyeliner: Our Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils come in a long-lasting and blendable formula that applies seamlessly to both the lash line and waterline. The formula starts out soft allowing for a little play time so you can smudge and blend (perfect for creating a smudged eyeliner look) before setting into a long-wearing waterproof formula. Available in Chocolat – a rich chocolate brown eyeliner shade in a matte finish and Bronze Riche – a metallic bronze shade. How to use Pencil Eyeliner.

Brown Liquid Eyeliner: For a switch up from the classic crisp clean black liquid eyeliner a brown liquid eyeliner can be the ideal option. Our easy to use mistake-proof eyeliner Idôle Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner is suitable even for eyeliner beginners and it’s available in a dark brown shade with a matte finish that lasts for up to 24 hours without smudging, flaking or fading. The 01.MM ultra slim tip allows for ultimate precision and the silky-smooth liquid formula glides over the eyes in one stroke making it simple to create a beautiful eyeliner look.

Dramatic brown eyeliner looks in a graphic cut crease shape and eyeliner in a double wing shape

Brown Eyeliner Looks

Brown eyeliner can be used to create any eyeliner look.

Classic Eyeliner: Use a dark brown eyeliner shade to create a thin line on your upper and lower lash line.

Waterline: A dark brown (or shimmering taupe brown liner) can help define the waterline without looking too harsh.

Underliner: From dark brown to a shimmering rich brown or bronze shade is perfect for creating the underliner trend.

Graphic Eyeliner: Use a dark brown eyeliner shade or rich bronze to get creative with dynamic eyeliner looks like a cut crease eyeliner or a floating eyeliner.

Winged Eyeliner: Switch up from the classic black eyeliner and use a dark brown eyeliner shade to create a winged eyeliner look.

Finish your eyeliner look with Lash Idôle Lash-Lifting Mascara which captures every single lash for instant lash lift and length to create the perfect liner and mascara combination.

Try eyeliners in other colors including grey, blue, and green.

Learn how to create a brown smokey eye makeup look.

Shop liquid eyeliner and pencil eyeliner.


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