When shopping for clothing, some people attempt to match colors to their hair color or skin with little attention paid to their eye color. There’s a reason we say that the eyes are the window to the soul. It’s because it’s most often our most brilliant asset. Brown is the most common eye color, but common does not mean ordinary. Brown eyes come in a wide variety of hues, from dark to light. There are many variations to brown and if you look closely, you may see speckles of green or gold mixed among the brown. Certain clothing colors can either bring out these unique attributes or hide them.
Dark colors such as dark blue, gray, maroon, eggplant and burgundy can make brown eyes pop. Emerald green, violet and navy make brown eyes appear more vibrant and warm.
Pastels and lighter hues can wash out brown eyes and detract from their brilliance. It’s best to avoid spring colors such as baby blues, light pinks, yellows and mint greens. Tan, beige and white are the exceptions to this rule. Choosing a brown color that matches your eyes can make them stand out even more. White makes light brown eyes appear even darker and highlights their green or golden tints. Beige or tan can warm up intense dark brown eyes and make them appear more brown than black.
The Skin Tone Test
Emphasizing your brown eyes with clothing colors can also depend on your hair color and underlying skin tones. To determine your underlying skin tone, examine your veins. If they appear green in hue, you have warm skin undertones. If they appear blue, you have a cool skin tone. This little exercise can help you select the best colors to bring out your brown eyes.
Colors to Match Skin Tones
If you have a warm, golden skin tone, you may want to dress in shades of deep orange, golden brown, olive, dark brown and camel. If you have a cool skin tone, your brown eyes will be enhanced by brighter colors such as royal blue, red, lime and bright yellow. Mix yellow with tan to really make your brown eyes stand out. Add a pair of gold earrings or a gold necklace to our outfit to accentuate your brown eyes further.
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Lisa Evans is a freelance writer from Toronto, Canada. She began writing in 2004 and her work has previously been published in "Canadian Immigrant," the "Globe and Mail" and "Scene Magazine." Evans holds a master's degree in political science.