How To: Wear Green Eyeshadow

Maybe the title of this post should read, “Why in the world would I want to wear green eyeshadow?”  The hesitation is understandable–green is trendy, it feels young, and it doesn’t exactly go hand-in-hand with quiet sophistication.  Would Audrey Hepburn wear green?  Methinks not!

However!  Take it from ol’ Jolie: a few swipes of green in the right places will liven, brighten and freshen up your face, without making you look garish or silly.  It’s an easy way to have a little fun with your makeup, especially when your clothes, for whatever reason, are on the more conservative side.  I created this look for a friend who needed to wear a basic black dress, but still wanted her makeup to pop.

Let’s do this thing!

Step 1: Create a smokey base
Green goes best with a slightly more dramatic eye.  Keeping your makeup dead simple and then adding, say, a random ka-boom! of green all over your lids will only accentuate the fact that you are dipping into the Crayola.  By sliding green into an already sexy eye, you’ll actually get away with the unexpected color more easily.  I’m a fan of the smokey eye combo of bronze plus rusty brown.  (There really is no wrong with it comes to smokey–experiment and see what works for you.)



Step 2: Line your eyes in black, brown or grey
Create an anchor with your eyeliner.  We’ll be adding the green later. Stay as close to the lash line as possible, using a well-sharpened pencil, or a brush dipped into either powder or gel liner.  Avoid liquid liner; it will steal the show.



Step 3: Use a brush dipped in green to define eyes
Mark Eye Exotics Eye Shadow Trio in Jungle Love is the palette that recently got me hooked on green.  I dip my makeup brush into the darkest color at the center and then paint it on thickly above my eyeliner–you’ll have two rims of liner, one after the other.  Blend well.  Dip your brush into the color again, then line the inner lower rims–known as the “water line.” One pass will suffice, but I like to big it up with two or three passes.



Step 4: Define your lashes
Dramatic color calls for dramatic lashes!  My current routine: Shiseido lash curler, Lancôme Ôscillation Powerbooster primer, Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara.


Step 5: Finish the look
My makeup picks: a little Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals foundation, some NARS blush in Orgasm, a few swipes of Huge Lips Skinny Hips gloss in Love Your Thighs–et voila!


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  1. Beth

    Great tutorial! I’ll be trying this with my new Lancome Erika F eyeshadow:)

  2. Jenny

    last year i got a BE kit and there was a green eyecolor in it — peacock, i think. i will try this! i’m being extra daring w/ the loose minerals.

  3. Yay, I tried this out today and really liked it. Perfect mix of conservative with a pop of color without over doing it.

  4. Taryn

    Urban Decay’s new Baked palette has the most awesome green in it that looks fabulous mixed with bronzes.