For most people, walking down the aisle is a moment they've dreamed of their whole lives. While everyone is looking at you, your eyes are fixated on your soon-to-be partner, and for a moment, it’s like you’re the only two people in the room.
The moment you lock eyes with your significant other at the altar for the first time is something you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. When thinking about what you want to look like on your wedding day, your wedding eye makeup look is an important piece of your overall bridal vision.
If you’re not sure what kind of look you want to go for, take a cue from the professionals and use your eye color as a guide. Warm browns, smokey taupes, and peachy pinks make brown eyes stand out. For more brown-eyed bridal inspo, read on to see 23 wedding eye makeup ideas for brown eyes from stunning real brides.
Sweet and Smokey
A dark smokey eye is a match made in heaven for brown-eyed beauties. Blown-out black shadow accentuates dark eyes without overpowering them. To balance out a more dramatic eye look, pair it with a natural pinky lip color, like the bride did here.
Go for gold on your wedding day. A metallic golden eye shadow makes amber eyes sparkle under the spotlight.
Elevate a more natural eye shadow look by adding a deeper shadow into the outer corner. Skip the shimmer on the lid to keep the look soft and simple.
False lashes can help you draw attention to your dark eyes and make them look even more voluminous and alluring. Wispy strip lashes add an extra oomph to a more dramatic eye look, while a few individually placed lashes naturally enhance brown eyes.
Silver eyeshadow shines extra bright on dark skin, emphasizing brown eyes. Finish with a thin line of black eyeshadow to add depth to the lashline.
A Fine Flick
Not quite a cat eye, this light liner look adds depth and dimension to a natural eye look. Coat a super thin brush in black gel eyeliner and follow the shape of your lower lash line to get the perfect kitten flick.
The best eyeliner brushes can be found at your local art store, and they’re often cheaper than the brushes at most beauty stores. Look for a short, thin natural-haired paintbrush.
Ultimate Liner Look
Brown eyes can easily pull off a thicker liner look. Add a hint of shimmer on the brow bone to lift the eyebrow and make the eyes appear bigger.
Pinks and peachy tones are the perfect pop of color for brown eyes. This sunset-inspired eyeshadow look is perfect for the bride who’s bored of the classic brown smokey eye. These romantic, pinky-gold shades will illuminate chocolate brown eyes under the disco lights at your reception.
Matte eyeshadow and a pinky brown lip are a winning wedding day combination. Matte neutral makeup feels fresh and natural—ideal for the unfussy bride. For a foolproof application, use eyeshadow primer to keep your soft matte shadow in place all night long.
Warm and Smokey
You can't go wrong with warm nude eyeshadow and a soft neutral lip. It makes for a classic, timeless bridal look that you'll never regret wearing! Smudged out liner softens the look, while a subtle contour shapes the cheeks.
Go Full Glam
Your big day deserves an epic makeup look to match. Stunning silver eyeshadow makes brown eyes sparkle, while full, fat false lashes play up the look even more. A smoked-out lower lashline frames the eyes beautifully.
If you have naturally dark lashes that you want to accentuate on your wedding day, skip the liquid liner and instead opt for creating depth and darkness by smudging a black eyeshadow at the base of your lashes. This creates a more natural smokey eye shadow effect without the harsh lines.
Modern Sophisticated Glamour
For a sultry, sexy bridal beauty look, create a soft smokey eye with earth-toned eyeshadows. Use the darkest color in the outer corner and get progressively lighter as you blend toward the inner corner. Keep the entire look matte, like this bride did here, for a more classic bridal look, or add a pop of shimmer in the center of the lid to up the glam factor.
Flirty Flare Lashes
Level up a cat eye with a pair of wispy false lashes. Keep the eyeshadow simple with a light-colored shimmery shade on the lids, and finish with a flick of liquid liner. Paired with a brick red lip color, this flirty eye look is absolutely eye-catching.
Dark and Moody
Dark eyeshadow brings out the natural beauty of brown eyes. Don’t be afraid to dip into deep chocolate browns and charcoal black shades when experimenting with your wedding day eye look. As long as the shadow doesn’t extend too far out towards the temples, dark eyeshadow can still look delicate and refined.
Shine bright on your wedding day, minus the sparkle. Glossy lids and lips are a stylish choice that feels naturally effortless yet extremely high fashion. Bring the shine down to your collarbones to tie the whole look together.
Subtle Smokey Eye
For a barely-there smokey eye, smudge out a black shadow across the lash line. Brush through the brows with a spoolie and brow gel to keep them in place. Keep the liner on just the top lid for a more lifted, youthful effect. Add a light layer of mascara to the bottom lashes to balance out the eyes.
Less is More
Let brown eyes have their moment in the spotlight by keeping the eyeshadow to a minimum. A cool-toned contour shade in the crease adds just enough dimension. Curl and coat your lashes in several layers of mascara to make your eye color stand out even more.
Rosy Nude Glam
Rosy eyeshadow tones scream romance. Mauvey, jewel-tone shades perfectly complement brown eyes, while a brown or black liner makes lashes appear more full. Pair with a blush in the same color family for a monochromatic look.
We love the contrast of cool-toned silver eyeshadow on warm bronze skin. Perfect for a winter wedding, gorgeous greys and sultry silvers make brown eyes sparkle and shine like never before. Fill in the brows with a brow pencil for a bold, beautiful look.
Warm and Sophisticated Smokey Eye
We can't get enough of a warm brown smokey eye. These coco-inspired hues were made for brown eyes, and it’s a bit subtler and softer than the black smokey eye you’ve come to know. Plus, it looks incredible with a bright lip color, as seen here.
A Pop of Color
A bright royal blue eyeliner isn't reserved just for brides with colored eyes. This color does wonders for deep brown eyes, emphasizing the chocolate-colored depth in the bride's eyes. Wear a dash of blue eyeliner in the lower waterline or smudged against the upper lash line.
A baby wing is the perfect complement to a subtle eye makeup look. Even if you're not an eyeliner pro, you can easily nail this look. Start the line in the center of your lid and extend it just past the outer corner. Clean up any mistakes with a makeup removing wipe, following the angle of your lower lash line.