Tips for wearing Green, Green, Green…
Green can be a very sultry and flattering color. It’s one of those shades that work on both cool and warm skin tones, and here are just a few quick tips for choosing the right shades for your skin tone.
Option 1 - Keep it simple
Foolproof option for everyone. Get an emerald green liner and just wear it along the inner rim of the lower lash line as an accent. You can keep your lids completely clean, and apply just mascara.
- All skin tones
- All eye shapes
Option 2 - Single wash over the entire lid and lightly along the lower lash line
This is a basic look but when you’re wearing a single color, you need to be careful that it works with your skin tone and eye shape. If you have have pronounced contours/sockets, you can get away with a brighter green like Scarlett Johansson. If not, you’d do better to use a deeper green like MAC Humid for a smokier look, or else pick one of the other looks.
- Double lids, hooded lids with pronounced sockets
- Monolids if you use a deeper shade
Option 3 - Smoky green paired with neutrals
Alicia Keys is wearing one of the most universally-flattering combinations by pairing a medium green with a smoky charcoal/taupe/brown/grey along the socket line, and black liner. It’s sultry, it’s pretty, it works on all skin tones and eye shapes, and the neutral allows the green to work well with most eye colors.
Bonus: This look works with a strong lip AND a soft lip.
Option 4 - Contrasting and Contoured
Jada Pinkett Smith wears a similar look to Alicia Keys, but adds a bright pop of almost-white on the inner corners. This brightens and widens the eyes, and actually brings out the green more so it stands out.
More suited for a night look because this tends to be a little more dramatic looking. It’s probably a better to pick a slightly brighter or stronger green as the main shade, because a more brown-based khaki or olive type of shade (like MAC Sumptuous Olive) might look muddy.
- All eye shapes
Option 5 - Creative and Graphic
Go to town and use a super strong and bright green. green liner or simply wet a pigment or shadow and get creative, using it as both liner and shadow.
Then top it off by pairing it with a neon lip. It works on both paler skins as well as darker skins (a la Nicki Minaj), but if your skin is a lot darker than that, you might want to stay away from pastels and go for strong jewel tones.