A lot of people are deathly afraid of putting color on their eyelids, almost always because they’re not sure what to pair it with. Green shades definitely go best with specific colors, particularly if you are looking to wear green eyeshadow to an event, a date, or to the office. I’ve got some tips and tricks inside, as well as a look I put together using a gorgeous green shade by Makeup Geek.
THE LOOK: Deep green eyeshadow with a multi-dimensional crease and socket area.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS LOOK:
- I applied Makeup Geek‘s “Chickadee” into the socket of my eye and blended it extensively upward toward my eyebrow. Chickadee is a gorgeous matte orange shade.
- I applied Makeup Geek‘s “Corrupt” onto my eyelid and lower lash-line, in the inner third of the eye and the outer third of the eye only. Keep the middle of your eyelid and the middle portion of your lower lash-line completely blank.
- I applied Makeup Geek‘s “Envy” to the center of my eyelid and lower lash-line with a wet makeup brush. Feel free to generously blend this over the eyelid.
- I applied Makeup Geek‘s “Frappe” in the crease of my eye only, not blending it upward. This shade will darken the crease and blend any harsh edges out.
Apply black eyeliner to your lower water-line and tight-line your upper lashes. Apply mascara and you’re done!
WHY THIS LOOK WORKS: Green tones look best when paired with peach, orange, coral, and brown tones. Anything that is neutral tends to pair well with green. I used an orange as my transition shade so that it peeked out just below my brow-bone, but a deeper brown was used in my actual crease. This gives a multi-dimensional look to the green.
WHAT I USED ON MY LIPS: I used MAC’s Brave Lipstick on my lips, which is a favorite of mine. It’s really great for so many different makeup looks and skin tones. When working with green eyeshadow, whether it’s bold or deeper in color like this look, you want to be sure to pair it with a lipstick that has peach, coral, or nude tones to it. Green is enough to stand out by itself, so let your eyes do the talking.
WHAT I USED ON MY FACE: I kept my skin luminous by using Japonesque Luminous Foundation with some MAC Strobe Cream mixed in. I used MAC’s Prism Blush, which is an often used favorite of mine because it’s super neutral and adds just a bit of color to the face. I used my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette to add a highlight to my cheeks.
TIPS FOR USING GREEN EYESHADOW:
- Keep your crease and transitional eyeshadow shades in the orange, peach, coral, and/or brown family.
- Keep your lips understated with a peach or coral toned nude. Green eyeshadow really shines by itself.
- Use a neutral blush on your cheeks and apply it further back from the “apples” of your cheeks. This gives your face a much more sculpted appearance and prevents you from looking too “made up”.
- Use a black base for deep and metallic shades of green to make them even more vibrant. Use a white base for pastel and neon shades of green. Your base can really amp up the color!
- Be aware of whether you are using cool or warm toned greens. Green eyeshadow tends to clash against a person’s skin tone more if it is in the wrong color family. Not sure if it is warm or cool toned? Look at the undertones of the shadow: if it is more yellow based, it’s probably warm and if it’s more blue based, it’s probably cool. Tones of green can also be neutral, meaning they don’t lean too warm or too cool and will complement any skin tone.
- Pair green eyeshadow with black eyeliner or a flesh-toned eyeliner. Either one looks great on the water-line and achieves a different look. During the day, use a flesh-toned eyeliner to open up the eye. At night, add black eyeliner to simulate a smokey eye.
- Use green eyeshadow in the crease of your eye only when wearing neutral eyeshadow shades. If you’re just looking to test the waters with greens, wearing them in the crease only can help you get an idea of what they will look like. That pop of color in the crease will look gorgeous.
- Blend, blend, blend. This is a general rule of thumb always, but as long as you are blending out the crease of your eye and any harsh lines, you can’t overdo it.
- Green eyeshadow looks great on every eye color. Don’t feel that you can’t pull it off just because you already have green eyes. My eyes are blue-green and greens can make my eyes stand out!
If you have any more questions about wearing green eyeshadow, as always, feel free to leave them in the comments!
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