When it comes to eyeliner and mascara, black is undoubtedly the hue of choice for most makeup-wearers. However, we’re making the case for the subtle, sultry, and eye-color-enhancing properties of brown eyeliner. Black eyeliner is surely one staple that every beauty kit should have, but for the days and occasions where you want a bit less drama, brown, taupe, and chestnut hues are the perfect in-between shades, that give your lids, lashline, and water line instant definition without looking super intense.

Just like every eye makeup kit should contain a solid selection of everyday brown and neutral-toned shades, your lineup should also contain a brown eyeliner as well. And, if you have lighter hair or hazel eyes, opting for brown shades can help enhance the color of your eyes, bringing out gold and green tones without colored contacts. You can give your upper lash a bit of color in a pinch, or smoke out your liner look for a more bronzy smokey eye that works for day or night time.

Shop some of our favorite brown eyeliner formulas below. You will definitely thank us for convincing you to add one to your collection.

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