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by Aisling Keenan
08th Nov 2019

Brown mascara probably isn’t in your everyday make-up rotation. Reaching for black is what you’ve likely always done — but is now the time to try on brown for size?

There are some occasions when black mascara is absolutely called for — and some where brown would not only just ‘do’, but would actually be preferable.


Brown mascara fell out of favour for a while, but it’s back thanks to the many make-up artists experimenting in online tutorials with the not-s0-obvious shades.

On Instagram, Patrick Ta makes the most of different colours to bring out the skin, eye and hair colour of his celebrity clients, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Camila Cabello and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.


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When to go brown:

  1. If you’ve got brown eyes (or blue eyes! Or green…). Really, no matter what your eye colour, brown mascara will flatter.
  2. If you don’t want your eye make-up to be the focal point of your look— for instance, if you’re wearing a bright lip colour. Brown mascara is a more subtle way to define your eyes.
  3. If you want to softly define your lower lashes. Use black on the top and brown on the bottom for a hint of change — people will notice a difference but won’t know what that difference is.
  4. If you’re newly blonde. Black lashes and dark brows can jar with a freshly blonde head of hair. Opt for brown for the transition phase.

Three options for subtle brown lashes

brown mascara

L’Oréal Makeup Paradise Mascara Extatic

€16.49 from boots.ie

brown mascara

Dior Diorshow Mascara in Brown

€32.50 from brownthomas.com

brown mascara

No7 Extreme Length Mascara

€17.50 from boots.ie

Read more: I tried €348 worth of mascara and here are the ones that came out on top

Read more: Three for Tuesday: Volume-giving mascaras that you might not think to pick up

Read more: Perversion: Our New Favourite Mascara

Photo from Jason Lloyd Evans

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