The words “green” and “eyeshadow” don’t always elicit the most enthusiastic response when spoken together. Green may often seem kind of garish as compared to the usual palette of neutrals and muted shades that most women are wont to reach out for on a daily basis. But it’s one of the few eye makeup colours that can work for both day and night — depending on the intensity and iridescence — and are actually flattering on dark eyes. (A little known fact: shades like seafoam and aqua actually complement brown eyes as do deeper shades like khaki and olive).
Whether you’re ready for full on explosion of emerald or just want to add a tiny bit of green mascara for a pop of colour, try this fresh hue on for size. Here are five ways to wear green eyeshadow, as seen on celebrities.
A wash of seafoam
As delicate as a nymph, model Grace Elizabeth’s soft wash of seafoam green is a great shade for beginners to dabble with. Despite it being mainly one shade, you’ll need to blend the colour out well to achieve the mix of intensities. Colour is focussed on the lid and blended up and out towards the browbones, so you’ll need a good eyeshadow brush, and some kickass black mascara to define the eyeline.
Makeup maestro Patrick Ta created this look on Maya Henry using colours from Huda Beauty’s Emerald Obsessions palette. Playing with different shades of green on the eyes and anchoring it with a darker shade like black can create a more sophisticated take on the trend. And matching your eyeshadow to your dress is no longer a no no when done right.
Selena Gomez’s sunny green eyes practically emit feel-good vibes. Focus on getting the right application for your eye shape — you’ll have to see how much of the green shows when you open your eyes, and add (or subtract) accordingly. A cream texture works best for the slightly liquid effect.
Peacock green glitter
Another way to use green is as an accent on the eyes. The sexy cat eye look, that is usually achieved with liquid liner can be embellished with a touch of green glitter or eyeshadow. Shades like peacock and hunter green are perfect for a dose of nighttime sophistication.
A swatch of highlighter green
Green can also be cheeky and irreverent. Dare to wear a bright shade of neon green in a cream liner or shadow. The key to making it work is wearing it with a playful insouciance — the application doesn’t have to be too precise and the rest of the makeup should be kept minimal.
Here are our picks for green shadows, liners and mascaras available both online and in stores.