Thursday, February 9, 2012

Eyeshadow Color for Dark Brown Eyes? Try Olive.

Do you have trouble finding the right eye makeup colors for your eyes? 

Whether you shop drug stores or high end department stores, makeup brands always try to but never really oblige to an individual's eye color.

Being Asian, I have dark brown eyes. They are not brown. They are not light brown. They are almost black. It has been a challenge finding a suitable eyeshadow color for eyes as dark as mine.

Last year, I stumbled upon an olive- and green-toned E.L.F eyeshadow duo. The colors looked so earthy, I wondered if they would be good eyeshadow colors for someone with dark brown eyes like mine?

A pretty pair -- E.L.F eyeshadow in olive and green




This eye palette cost around $2 - so affordable, right?

This E.L.F eyeshadow palette contained rich pigmentation. I especially liked the olive color.

E.L.F eyeshadow swatches



The olive and green colors looked very nice on the skin.


In all honesty, the olive and green eyeshadow pleasantly surprised me. The colors blended well and looked subtle and becoming.


Here's an eye makeup how to with my E.L.F eyeshadow duo:

Step 1

Use an eye makeup brush, apply olive eyeshadow to your lids.


Keep it below the crease lines.




An eye makeup brush is great for application.

Here's a tip: Dab shadow on in small, steady motions. Don't just sweep across the lids.


Step 2

Apply green eyeshadow to just the outer corner of your crease line. 


Blend green and olive eyeshadows.



Remember to blend well. Don't go into the brow bone.


Step 3

Using a blending brush, apply cream-colored eyeshadow to the brow bone.



Using another E.L.F eyeshadow here.


To highlight, a blending brush is a must.

Apply highlighter in circular motion gives the best results.


Step 4

Curl lashes and add mascara.





Done.


Subtle olive and green - great for day.

Keep the rest of the face muted so that focus is on your eyes.







Do you like olive eyeshadow?






What are your favorite eyeshadow colors for brown eyes?






67 comments:

  1. I haven't tried olive before, but I've traditionally gone for neutrals (browns, greys) and purples. Those olive swatches may show promise for my dark brown eyes, too!

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  2. I definitely love olive eyeshadow! I have this mac shadow called "Sumptuous Olive" that looks just like the shadow that you used! :)

    -Lisa
    Thelovelymemoir.blogspot.com

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  3. Looks so pretty on you! I love your blush too xx

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  4. i love olive green shadows! thru trial & error i've found that they really flatter my brown eyes too. thanks for the tutorial, the makeup is so pretty :D

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  5. This looks really great on you---it's a keeper!

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  6. love it! youre so great at tutorials!

    thanks so much for sharing them with us!

    hugs, xo!
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  7. i love it- it makes my brown eyes pop too. this color is really pretty xx

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  8. i've been wanting to try ELF cosmetics for a while now.Hmm must be good! ;p
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  9. Your makeup is always so Beautiful! I LOVE olive shadow even though I have bluish eyes. I am also a fan of gold shadow!

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  10. i luv it~~~i really like subtle looks for everyday~~~especially the ones that includes colors other than browns~~~so great job~~~~


    Jessy
    threenothing.blogspot.com

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  11. I've always loved a forest green, olive green type of eye. It just looks so sophisticated to me. You look very nice.

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  12. This really makes your eyes pop! If I had brown eyes I'd totally try this.


    xo

    Haylee

    http://www.dolledupdaily.com

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  13. My eyes are the same, they look pretty much black. I haven't tried olive eyeshadow, but gonna give it show now. Thanks. :)

    casual-beauty.blogspot.com

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  14. Olive green is a very good alternative neutral for brown eyes.

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  15. the colors look great on you!
    i wish i could wear olive and green like you do. they don't look very good on me. i usually wear grey/blue and purple and they seem to complement my dark brown eyes. :)

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  16. neutrals! great review

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  17. Yep, I'm an olive girl! I'm also wearing olive in my FOTD today, lol! Love your look.

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  18. Wow! thanks for the step by step tutorial..really helpful and easy to follow...and it looks really gorgeous!! =)

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  19. Purple and pink are my fav color for brown eyes.

    Mandy
    http://www.bunnygirlblog.com

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  20. i have never used elf eye shadows but heard some good thing about them but never know they will look that good
    ♥ SadeeStyle ♥
    www.sadeestyle.net

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  21. Def look good on you, I would love to try it out !!!
    Christy

    http://am2pmchic.blogspot.com/

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  22. I couldn't agree more! I have brown eyes, as well, and Olive green is quite flattering:) Love how this looks on you! -A

    Blurbs|Blog

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  23. This is pretty!

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  24. Love it!!! Very useful post!!! xoxo from Rome

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  25. I love this post! Why? Because I have dark brown eyes and it is a trick to find an affordable eye shadow color that flatters and shows up on the eyelids.
    For me, I have sort of cinnamon brown eyes, and I found that deep gold or copper shadows and burgandy/purple hues (but have to be dark) look good with my eye color. Like you, I discovered this accidentally, and don't read about this anyway.

    The green looks great on you! I never thought to try green and olive and will definitely consider this in the future!

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  26. I Love e.l.f and this is a really cute color :D! Thank you for this review!

    MissPandamonium
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  27. Such a good colour on you and what a great price!

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  28. I also have dark brow eyes and recently purchased an olive color eye shadow from Inglot ...waiting for it to reach my hand :)

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  29. oh...very nice color combination!

    FASHION CAT
    www.myfashioncat.com

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  30. your eyes and this makeup is lovely. try lilac and purple and pink tones and they'll be great too. I love black eye pencil and charcoal eyeshadows most as I have the darkest brown eyes-like black :)

    http://rainbowgatherer.blogspot.com

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  31. I love ELF shadows, they're so cheap and come in really nice shades xoxox

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  32. Aw, it looks really nice! Wish I had your eyes!

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  33. wow, your eyes are so pretty. i am a huge fan of olive or green-ish shadows. :)

    enjoy your wknd!
    jasmine

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  34. ohh gorgeous the olive is to pretty on you!!

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  35. Pretty pretty pretty! My eyes aren't as dark as yours, and depending on what I wear, they can almost look like a dark hazel, but they're definitely brown. I find that purple or navy make them pop, or one of my latest favorite makeup tricks, wear a gold shadow on my lid, with matte brown in the crease, and then line with an evergreen pencil on tops and bottoms (I don't go all the way to the inner corners because it closes my eye too much), then go over the pencil with an evergreen shadow. If I'm feeling REALLY crazy, I'll use a really bright, electric turquoise pencil (but the same evergreen shadow over that). It REALLY makes them pop.

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  36. I like that olive green color but I have blue eyes and I think that is not is for me!

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  37. Fabulous! I didn't think to try this. It looks great :D Thanks!
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  38. i love purples, blues and i actually have an olive too from MAC. pretty colour. it looks great on you.

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  39. I haven't tried it, but it looks AMAZING on you. Your eyes are beautiful.

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  40. i love olive shades and purple shades for my brown eyes :)

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  41. love how natural yet stunning it looks great post xo

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  42. simple yet pretty! :) i have a similar palette of earth tones from lancome. love it!

    Xoxo,
    The Pink Margarita

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  43. i never would have thought of olive - it's very cute on you!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  44. This def brings out your brown eyes! I need to try this!

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  45. Love the olive! I have kind of a lime green color that is fantastic, I pair it with darker green and they are the perfect shades for a girl with hazel eyes.
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  46. Love it! All types of green look great on Asian eyes, or brown eyes in general. Try it with a nutmeg lipstick! It's gorgeous!

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  47. Whooooooa! Go ELF! This is an awesome shadow that compliments your eyes beautifuuuully.

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  48. Wow I like olive eyeshadow!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

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  49. beautiful thanks for your comments always so nice, you are fantastic, thanks for always think of heart
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  50. Pretty! I usually go for neutrals, purples, and pinks. :)

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  51. These colors are really pretty on you!

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  52. Pretty! I love olive green shadows!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  53. green olive color is my favorite...that's look good on you girl..very pretty

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  54. I love how easy to follow your make-up tutorials ae! :) I'm a brown eyes girl myself and have honestly never tried an olive eye shadow before.. gonna give this one a try this weekend for sure! Thanks for sharing, love your posts!!

    xoxo, Ally
    pinsandroses.blogspot.com

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  55. I love elf products - they're so cheap!

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  56. great tutorial!

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  57. today I am actually wearing a gold hue with an emerald green all at the lash line and lower lash line. I have brown eyes and I think the color really goes well with dark eye colors :)

    very pretty and great tutorial!

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  58. I never tried olive eye shadow before but it looks like I'm going to have to try it it looks amazing on you!

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  59. Olive is such a versatile colour. It can go natural or look really good for smoky eyes too. That's a beautiful natural day makeup u did!

    Fang Ting
    ftashion

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  60. I have dark brown eyes as well! I really like how olive green looks on you- very pretty! I usually go for a light gold or rosy eye shadows to bring out the eye color! Thank you for the tip- I now really want to try this out :)
    Good luck!

    skinnymoonstick.blogspot.com

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  61. Hey Lovely, I love this! I so need to get up earlier so I have time for this :P
    Romiya Fashion Inspiration Blog

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  62. I always find choosing eyeshadow for brown eyes challenging... I don't wear anything crazy in my day to day life, but it's nice to be able to try a colour once in a while instead of just brown or peach. My go-to when I want a bit of colour is Satin Taupe by Mac, it's a deep greige that looks lovely. Highly recommend it. I've never tried olive before but it's beautiful on you, I'll have to give it a go!
    xox,
    Cee

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  63. Pretty color!! I think I need to wear more greens! :)

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  64. I see your neon top!!!

    By the way, I like this look. It's been awhile since I've worn an Olive shadow.

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