The Best Eye Shadow for Green Eyes

by Emily McBride
(last updated June 6, 2016)

You want your makeup to enhance your natural beauty—not cover it up. Eye shadow is one makeup variable that can greatly change how you look, whether for good or bad. So what colors of eye shadow will best play up your green eyes?

Besides eye color, remember to keep in mind that the colors you choose should complement your skin tone and hair color as well. Don't try to match your eye shadow color to the color of your clothes. That is out of style. The fashion and makeup industries usually divide colors into "warm" and "cool" tones. Green eyes usually look best with warm shades of eye shadow. One helpful tip for finding the right eye shadow colors is using the color wheel. Colors opposite on the color wheel complement each other, so pink and maroon shades of eye shadow will complement green eyes. However, other colors work too. Here is a list of eye shadow colors to try for your green eyes:

  • Chocolate brown, apricot
  • Copper, gold, or amber (for accents or highlights)
  • Plum, dark purple
  • Deep khaki, forest green (avoid greens that are the same color as your eyes)
  • Don't use blue or silver eye shadow. Make sure to avoid pinks and purples that have blue overtones. Also, some pinks work, but some don't, so you will need to experiment.

Whatever color of eye shadow you end up choosing, use a primer before you put it on. The primer will help your eye shadow not crease and stay on longer. Also, you may want to vary your eye shadow depending on the occasion or time of day. During the day, consider using neutral colors, and try bold colors at night. Another factor in choosing your eye shadow colors is the style you are going for. Are you going for natural beauty, glamour or drama? You can also play around with the color of the rest of your makeup. For example, using purple eyeliner may help your green eyes to stand out even more.

Ultimately, the best way to decide which colors of eye shadow look best on you is to experiment. Buy a few colors and try them out to see what you think. If you are still having trouble, visit the makeup counter at a department store; a professional will be able to help you pick out which colors are best for you and show you how to apply your eye shadow.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

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