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The Best Brown Eyeliners for Fall 2020

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 15, 2020
The Best Brown Eyeliners for Fall 2020

Put down the black eyeliner and try these brown shades

Black eyeliner is a classic that will always have a place in your makeup collection, there’s no doubt about it. But sometimes you’re in the mood to look a little less edgy and more exquisite, and that’s where brown eyeliner comes in. This shade looks more natural, brings out the color of your eyes, and creates a softer appearance that’s ideal for a variety of makeup looks.

Celebrities like Ashley Graham and Shay Mitchell love to wear it on the red carpet, and brown eyeliner looks are far more versatile than you may think. While a black eye pencil is just that, there are countless shades of brown that you can choose for your eye color and shape. Espresso, taupe, cocoa, latte, brick… all of your favorite shade names for brown eyeshadow come to life in the form of eyeliner, adding elegance to any makeup look.

Take your beauty routine down a notch, in the most gorgeous way, with the best brown eyeliners for your fall 2020 makeup looks.

Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil in But First, Espresso by Essence, $3

Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil in But First, Espresso by Essence
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“This one is very creamy and way more pigmented than any other pencil eyeliner I’ve tried. Plus it lasts forever, even on the waterline.” The first reason you should add the Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil to your fall makeup routine? It’s only $3. The second (and most important) reason? It’s one of the best brown eyeliners you’ll try, ever. The staying power is a major selling point, as the name and countless top ratings on MIRA will tell you… but it also delivers high color payoff and glides beautifully onto your upper and lower lids for a spectrum of brown eyeliner looks. We’ve told you about the power of tightlining as the ultimate lazy girl hack, but there’s also cat eyes, dotted liner, floating liner, and about a million other styles. Even while staying inside this season, it’s still an excuse to grab your pumpkin spice latte and experiment with fall makeup and brown eyeliner trends!

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, $27

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
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“The Chocolate Shimmer is absolutely perfect for me, I can wear it very subtly to add some definition without obvious makeup, but I can also line more dramatically with it. Shimmer is very subtle. This lasts all day too.” Chocolate and makeup are two of the greatest things in life, and you’ll get a taste of both with this brown eyeliner by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The ultra-pigmented gel formula allows for extreme precision, letting you get creative with your eyeliner looks. We’re talking everything from holographic eyeliner to smokey eyes to a simple touch of color on your upper lid - all of which stay on all day due to a waterproof, long-lasting, and non-smudging formula. As much as we love liquid eyeliner and pencils, there’s something truly satisfying about dipping your angled liner brush into a gel pot and creating a work of art, and the shade Chocolate Shimmer is a reddish brown hue that lets you go from sultry to sweet.

Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Brown by L’Oreal, $10

Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Brown by L’Oreal
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Brown eyeliner is often associated with subtle and sweet looks that add just a touch of warmth to your eyes. Except when it’s not, and you’re in the mood for a major cat eye. No problem! Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is one of the top drugstore eyeliners on MIRA, rated highly for being long lasting, waterproof, and non-smudging. It also has some pretty awesome features, such as a removable wing stencil that lets you create an effortless cat eye. No tape, spoon, or random household tool required to form an even line. Winged liner hits differently in brown, as it’s a unique take on a classic trend that’s just as sultry and will probably bring even more attention to your mad cat eye skills. And you’ll definitely want this L’Oreal favorite in black, too… as it’s just a flawless (or shall we say, Infallible) liquid eyeliner that will never let you down when doing fall makeup looks.

Retractable Eye Liner in Bronze by NYX Professional Makeup, $6

Retractable Eye Liner in Bronze by NYX Professional Makeup
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Brown eyeliner with a twist, literally. Retractable Eye Liner by NYX fills your lids with intensely pigmented, creamy, and long lasting color - in this case, a bronze shade that goes with all your best fall makeup effects. As one of the most popular eyeliners from NYX (along with Matte Liquid Liner, which you also need to try,) you’ll receive all the precision, staying power, and non-smudging ability of a high-end product at under $10. The best part? Since it’s a twist-up eyeliner, you won’t have to worry about constantly sharpening your pencil or the felt tip of your liquid eyeliner drying out. Thanks, NYX.

Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(ie) 43 by Marc Jacobs Beauty, $26

Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(ie) 43 by Marc Jacobs Beauty
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“This product lasts all day! I’ve used this for months now and it never smudges when I wear it outside. I like having a wing so I use an eyeliner brush to get the shape I want and it doesn’t take much to get the job done! I can definitely say it’ll last you a while.” A luxury brown eyeliner that’s great for Virgo season, as it’s perfectly precise and creates the most earthy and elegant looks. The texture is unlike any other liner you’ll find, with a gel formula in a crayon that delivers intense color payoff in one gorgeous glide. Here’s the deal, you have roughly 15 seconds of play time to smudge, blend, smooth and perfect your eyeliner application before it dries to a bold matte finish that adds flair and drama to your eye looks, especially in a rich brown shade like (Earth)quake 41 or (Brown)ie 43. But that’s definitely enough, and you’ll be dying to see the rich color this liner creates. MIRA guests say it’s waterproof and non-smudging, while the precision and staying power keep your luxury fall makeup effects looking fresh all day.

Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Smoky Quartz by Stila, $22

Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Smoky Quartz by Stila
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Even if you’re not as likely to sweat off your eyeliner while doing fall makeup looks, you still need one that carries you through the unpredictable weather and events of the season… especially in 2020 when literally anything could happen. That’s where Stay All Day by Stila comes in, as it definitely lives up to its name. The felt tip is flexible yet firm, and will be there for you through thick and thin (lines) as you enjoy the precision of this cult liquid eyeliner. From dramatic smokey eyes and winged liner to the dotted liner technique you’ve been dying to try, anything is possible with this long lasting, waterproof, and precise Stila favorite. Intense Smoky Quartz is a medium brown hue that looks stunning on all, and will definitely earn you a few compliments on your beautiful eyes as you make your fall makeup debut.

Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella Brown by Charlotte Tilbury, $27

Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella Brown by Charlotte Tilbury
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While black eyeliner has long been a symbol of rockstars and 80’s metal icons, this kohl brown eyeliner pencil by Charlotte Tilbury shows that you can be both edgy and soft. It has major smudging powder to strategically blend and smear for a unique take on the traditional smokey eye, and can also form a simple line for those that want to look pretty and put-together. Rock ‘N’ Kohl may be worn alone or along with the best fall eyeshadow effects, and even contains crushed pearl powder to stimulate collagen production and hydrate the skin - keeping the delicate eyelids smooth and healthy through all your sultry and sweet brown eyeliner looks.

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey by Urban Decay, $25

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey by Urban Decay
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There are no rules in makeup, and you’re 100% entitled to your preference for liquid, gel, or pencil when shopping for brown eyeliners. But 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay is the closest you’ll get to all three - with all the intensity of a pencil, precision of a liquid, and creamy and smooth texture of a gel. This waterproof pencil glides gracefully onto your lid, and gives you around 30 seconds to intentionally smudge or fix errors before drying to a long-lasting finish. While it’s available in a range of colors and finishes, you’ll love Whiskey, a rich brown hue that looks gorgeous with all eye colors and shapes. As a bonus? This pencil eyeliner is infused with Vitamin E plus Jojoba and Cottonseed oils to hydrate and smooth your skin, allowing for more even application of liner and basically zero risk of irritation.

Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner in Brown by tarte, $24

Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner in Brown by tarte
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When you can’t decide between pencil or liquid eyeliner, find one that can do both… like Tarteist Double Take! This dual-ended product is infused with the brand’s famous Amazonian Clay, a natural ingredient that makes the pencil glide across your lids without tugging or pulling, and forms the most precise lines ever. The liquid eyeliner side is equally cool, with a semi-matte and opaque finish that’s known to look incredible on camera. Hint hint if you were looking for makeup products for your next quarantine beauty tutorial on Reels. Pick up the brown shade for a long lasting, waterproof, and precise brown eyeliner that won’t make you choose between your beloved liquid and pencil when doing your fall makeup… because who can, really?

Infallible Pro Last Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Bronze by L’Oreal, $9

Infallible Pro Last Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Bronze by L’Oreal
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You can never have enough of L’Oreal’s Infallible collection. And since we’ve already told you about the liquid eyeliner that you need in your fall makeup routine, now is the time for an affordable, ultra-effective pencil. Achieve all your brown eyeliner goals with this Infallible liner, which provides 24 hours (yes, really) of creamy, smudge-free, and waterproof color that can go from simple to smokey with ease. Even when you just want a simple line on the upper lid, a rich bronze hue can add unimaginable depth to your eyes… how is that even possible? And we know we’re talking about brown and bronze eyeliner looks here, but when you’re looking for a pop of color, this pencil eyeliner is also available in a spectrum of shades like Cobalt Blue, Gold, Grey and Burgundy.

ColorStay 2-In-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner in Fig by Revlon, $10

ColorStay 2-In-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner in Fig by Revlon
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“Love this. Very easy to use. Stays put. Smokes out easily. Feels like it doesn't irritate eyes as much as wax-based products. I really like the fact that the brown color has a purplish tinge. The smudge brush is super soft.” Any eyeliner lover knows the beauty of an angled tip, as it can save you from the heartache of uneven lines or using too many Q-tips to fix it. ColorStay 2-In-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner in Fig produces all types of eyeliner looks for day and night, from a trace along the waterline for definition to a smokey effect courtesy of the smudge brush on one end. At only $10, you’ll have all the most gorgeous brown eyeliner looks right at your fingertips… and we love it that way. Discover the beauty of this classic, yet new hue with one of the best drugstore eyeliners on MIRA.

Eye Kohl in Teddy by MAC, $19

Eye Kohl in Teddy by MAC
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For those who love to smudge, this brown eyeliner is for you and your fall makeup looks. It’s often difficult to find a liner that smudges and blends exactly where you want it to, without becoming a messy mix of brown or black that transfers to the crease… but Eye Kohl is ideal for the edgy and dramatic look you’re going for with brown eyeliner. Come on, we all know that MAC can bring the drama. Eye Kohl goes on silky smooth and delivers a matte-pearl finish as it shades, lines, and defines your eyes, and Teddy is a bronze shade to add depth and intensity. Pair it with one of MAC’s signature single eyeshadows to become a bronzed goddess, or wear alone for a look that lifts your eyes, hides fatigue, and makes you look like you didn’t stay up all night, even if you did.

Shop more brown eyeliners and fall makeup essentials on MIRA.