You might have heard the rumours of green eyeshadow’s return; you might also have ignored them. If you feel lukewarm about the colour, it’s probably because you’ve yet to find the right tone and way to make it work for you.
Think of using shades of green as a detail, like a flash of jade-hued eyeliner on your upper lids or dotted into your inner corners. Or go a little further and gently smudge the shadow with your fingers before it sets for the easiest smoky, and ultra-trendy eye look.
Darker shades of green like emerald, jade and moss are less ‘look at me’, whereas more going for more vibrant hues can be a bit shouty, and tend to read ‘playful’ – it’s your call. If you still can’t bear to do green, why not opt for its dependable understudy, blue?
However you wear your bold colour, remember that the only other shades on your face should be natural. Think deep green shadow in a matte finish, with flawless skin and sheer lips for a fresh and modern twist. It’s the simplicity of the other make-up that makes green or blue work; adding other colours could make your make-up look far too retro…
How can you make green eyeshadow work for you? When it comes to playing with colour, women with fair skin, should go for lighter, paler tones of green. Darker complexions can play with all shades including the deep emerald tones. Also important to take into consideration is your eye colour.
For blue eyes
Opt for navy shades or banana leaf greens to make your eye tone look extra bright in comparison. Keep things simple by adding a touch of NYX Professional Makeup Slide On Eye Pencil in the shade Tropical Green, R120, along your waterline.
For grey-tone eyes
Make the most of steely tones by wearing iridescent greens with colder undertones, like mint, along the upper or lower lash lines. Mac’s Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in the shade Legendary Lure, R255, is the perfect example of a green shadow with cool undertones.
Slightly less metal and user-friendly is Revlon’s lovely range of easy-to-use crème eyeshadows. Pistachio, R105, is another great sliver-toned green option to play up grey eyes.
For brown eyes
No risk of a colour clash here, so you can definitely pull off bright, vibrant shades like cobalt and jade or emerald, or even olive, like this L.O.V Eyettraction Magnetic Loose Eyeshadow, R209, in the shade 530 Magnetize Me.
For green eyes
Warm up your natural eye colour, making it sparkle, with greens and blues in metallic finishes. We can’t get enough of the intensely dazzling, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade Zodiac, R350, to smudge on top of the lid and make green eyes seriously pop.
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!