St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, and though I’m not personally Irish, I love being festive and going with green makeup for the day. Green eyeshadow is so versatile. You can create something really dramatic or editorial looking, you can switch the smokey eye up by using shades of green, or you can create a soft, colorful eye that looks ethereal. To create this glowing, fairy-tale inspired look, I popped a bright gold eyeshadow right in the center of my eyelid and lower lash-line. The metallic green pops out on either end of the gold, and it creates this gorgeous, soft, shimmering gradient effect. No matter what eye color you’ve got, this is going to look good on you. Full tutorial inside,
THE EYE MAKEUP: I used my Urban Decay Oz Glinda Palette and my Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. You only need three eyeshadow shades to complete this look: a matte medium brown shade, a metallic forest green, and a metallic, shimmering gold shade. You can use anything you have in your collection. I went with Urban Decay palettes because their shadows are so pigmented and rich.
- Apply a matte medium brown into the socket of your eyes with a fluffy blending brush. This creates that shadowy definition in the crease so that we don’t have the green eyelid color just suddenly stopping with harsh edges.
- Apply a metallic green over your entire eyelid and lower lash-line, stopping at the crease. Place this shade in the inner corners of your eyes, as well. This is our “main” color and we want the green to be really bright, metallic, and shimmery. I wet my eyeshadow brush for extra intensity.
- Apply a metallic gold in the center of your eyelid and center of your bottom lash-line only. This creates that gradient effect. Using an eyeshadow brush, pat the metallic gold onto the centers of your eye only. It also looks AMAZING when you apply it along the center of your lower lash-line. It draws the light right to the center of your eye.
I applied Urban Decay’s “Perversion” Eyeliner, which is a SUPER black shade, to the lower water-line and tight-lined my upper lash-line. I also applied NYX’s Shadow Liner along my upper lash-line very lightly. I didn’t want to detract from the light of the gold on the eyelid, so I made sure to apply it mostly to the outer corners for some added smokiness and definition. Curl your lashes and apply mascara. If you want to apply false eyelashes, they would look amazing here! I decided not to, only because it was late at night when I did this look and I didn’t feel like popping them on just to take them off. If you’re actually going out for St. Patrick’s Day though, falsies would look incredible with this look!
It’s all about that center pop of gold. Look how it lights up, even along the lower lash-line!
THE LIPS: I went with a peach-toned lipstick. Peach and green go so well together. I used MAC’s “Peachstock” Lipstick here.
THE FACE MAKEUP: Keep it simple. The eyes have a lot of color and shimmer going on, so keep your blush neutral. I contoured my cheekbones and applied MAC’s “Prism” Blush, which is a bronze-brown shade. Feel free to add a gorgeous highlight to your cheekbones and down the center of your nose, though. It keeps the look very ethereal and soft.
THE FINISHED LOOK:
Green and gold just go so well together. Peach lipstick and neutral cheeks tie everything together. I love this look. It actually might be one of my favorite looks this year so far. I hope you all have a very safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day, wherever you are!
[ALL PHOTOGRAPHY ON THIS SITE IS TAKEN BY REBECCA KAZIMIR. NO PHOTOGRAPHS ARE TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION.]