Green eyeshadow works with almost every skin tone and eye color to elevate your look to something captivating and charming, regardless of whether you are going for a casual or more dressy look.
The color green is the color between blue and yellow on the visible light spectrum, and there are over 295 different shades of green that the human eye can see.
It is regarded as a cool color, and it is associated with nature and is heavily linked to greenery such as plants and trees. The color symbolizes optimism, good luck, health, and vibrancy.
It can also be associated with the concepts of motivation, rebirth, growth, and renewal.
In the makeup industry, green eyeshadows have been used extensively throughout history. Eyeshadow has been in existence since ancient Egyptian times, when eyeshadow was used in religious ceremonies.
Green eyeshadow was especially popular in the 1960s, where the use of color made looks vibrant and pop.
Today, green eyeshadow remains a popular choice for all. Trending at the moment are shades of emerald green, as well as metallic and shimmery finishes on green eyeshadows are proving to be on trend at the moment.
As mentioned earlier, green eyeshadow looks great on a variety of skin tones and with different eye colors. Although, green eyeshadow probably looks its best next to brown eyes on an olive or darker skin tone.
A rich and deep eyeshadow will make your eyes pop and stand out against a darker complexion.
Ways To Achieve Perfect Green Eyeshadow Looks
Here we have included a couple of looks with video tutorials to take your use of green eyeshadow to the next level. The first look is a smokey eyed look using shimmering emerald eyeshadow shades.
The second is a look that is inspired by St Patrick’s Day – honoring the use of green to match any green outfit.
Of course, as vast as the internet is, there are thousands of resources available on makeup tutorials for using green eyeshadow, but the ones included below are our favorites and are also comprehensive enough for beginners trying out more complex makeup looks to understand
The first step to applying any eyeshadow is to make sure that you use a good primer on your eyelids. Here, white eyeshadow is the first layer of eyeshadow that is put on your eyelids.
It is important to press it down firmly to ensure complete coverage up to below your eyebrows.
By making it go all the way to below your eyebrows, you will achieve a slightly lifted look on your eyes and eyebrows, giving an illusion of a more youthful face.
For the crease area of the eyelid, a peachy or nude shade blended with an orange color is done to build up the color along the crease. This is done using a blending brush.
The next step is to go with a mild green, sage color which is blended into the crease. This is blended in a little at a time to control the amount used.
To create a halo effect, gel eyeliner can be used in the inner and outer corners of the eye, which is pressed down to create a darker look. Next, a dark shade of emerald is applied.
It is important to go back and use a lighter color on the eyes to avoid a harsh look and edges on the eye. A neon green eyeshadow was used in the middle of the eyelid, which was done by lightly pressing the brush onto the lid.
To blend the edges, the green used in the creases can be used again to make it look a bit more cohesive. To finish off, a black liner can be use on the eye and then the green and orange is used on the lower lash line.
Lastly, a light shade like a shimmery white is used to highlight the eye, followed by the additional use of mascara or adding false eyelashes.
Again, this makeup look is stated off with priming of the eyelids with a good quality primer. Next, peach-colored eyeshadow is applied to the whole lid as a base for the rest of the eyeshadow colors that will be applied later on.
A brush is then used to give a guideline or sharp edge to the corner of the eyes. Once this is done, the green color eyeshadow is blended into the crease. Again, following the principle of a little at a time to control the amount of eyeshadow used.
The edges are buffed out with an unused brush to take away any harsh edges. A metallic shade of green is then applied carefully and a little at a time to ensure that there is no overflow. The green is then blended into the crease using a clean brush.
Black eyeshadow is then used to create more depth in the inner and outer corners of the eye. Then, a shimmery green eyeshadow is applied in the center of the lids and blended carefully to create a smooth and cohesive look.
On the lower lash line, green eyeliner can be used to enhance the green color and the look is finished off with a couple of coats of mascara.
Green Eyeshadow Inspo
Green eyeshadow is so versatile, and it is no wonder that so many makeup artists, celebs, and influencers use it on a day-to-day basis. Here are some green eyeshadow looks to get you inspired to stay on trend.
Green And Sultry
Sparkling green eyeshadow combined with heavy-duty cat wings made with black eyeliner will make any outfit look more elegant and seductive. It is a bit of a pain to get the wings right but once you have them down, you will look a treat!
Light Green Simplicity
Taking inspiration from the 1960s Twiggy era of makeup, using lighter shades of green with contrasting colors on the rest of the face will give your look a vintage twist. It is easy enough to do and only requires use of one color with little blending.
Smokey Grungy Emerald Green Eyeshadow
Looking to bold up your look? Try smokey green eyes to upgrade your look. Whether you are wearing a ball gown or want to do something different for your normal gothic, rocker style, this look may be for you.
It is super versatile and will make your eyes look stunning as well.
Neon green eyeshadow or eyeliner will give you a unique look. Paired with simple mascara or eyelash extensions, give you a funky, yet chic look that will make you stand out from the crowds.
A green eyeliner wing, used as a substitute for the classic Audrey Hepburn look, will update your look instantly. You can apply a thin or thick layer and let the color speak for itself.
Tips And Tricks
- Before committing to a green color, test it out first. When you are buying a green eyeshadow, apply it to the back of your hand to see how the color contrasts to your skin. It is important to note if it downs out your skin or compliments it.
- Mixing green and brown colors or other earthy tones will give you a more rounded and elegant look.
- Blend and buff your eyeshadow shades together to get a more cohesive and smooth look on your eyelids.
- Always start with a light cream, nude, or peach color as a base before applying the green colors
- With applying bold eye colors like green, it is best to start off with doing your eyes, then the rest of your face.
- If you want to highlight the corners of your eyes, add in darker or lighter shades to enhance them.
- If you have a yellow skin tones, green and gold can be mixed to highlight the yellow undertones to your skin.
- Layer the eyeshadow until the desired color is achieved.
- Always, always use eyeliner and mascara to finish off your look.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Colors Go Well With Green Eyeshadow?
On the spectrum of color, red is the complementary color to green, and so any colors or outfits that have a red undertone will make the green in your eyeshadow pop.
Green is also complimented by shades of purple such as lavender, violet, and eggplant tones. It also works well with neutrals such as white, browns, and blacks.
How Do You Blend Green Eyeshadow?
Usually, you will blend the darkest green shade that you are using in the crease of your eyelid and then go back and forth across the area in small circles until it looks like it has been airbrushed.
You should always start with less eyeshadow and increase as you go, using light strokes. Blending takes time, but the longer you do it, the more polished your look will be at the end of application.
What Color Lipstick Goes Well With Green Eyeshadow?
When wearing a darker shade of green such as emerald green, a peach or nude lipstick is the best choice as a brighter color may overwhelm the face and look like a bit too much makeup has been worn.
If you are going for a lighter shade of green, coral, and caramel brown lipsticks are a great choice of companion to your makeup look.