We love hearing from our panel of beauty pros about the latest and greatest beauty tricks. Today, we're lucky enough to hear from Los Angeles-based makeup pro Emily Oliver on the perfect green eye shadow shades for your skin tone.
The saying “green with envy” didn’t come out of nowhere! Green is a luxuriously rich shade and takes some expertise when it comes to choosing the proper tone to complement one’s features. I work with the undertones of skin when it comes to finding the right eye shadow shades, so read along for the next of our color series — this time focusing on green!
If you’ve been keeping up with the rest of our color series (like brown and purple eye shadow), you’ve learned that there are typically three categories that light, medium and deep skin tones fall under — those being neutral or beige, pink/red, and golden or olive. When dealing with green eye makeup, things get a little more specific!
For those with beige or neutral undertones, a jewel tone is most flattering, as it pops without “sallowing” the skin. I can’t stop applying Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Mildew, a mossy green shimmer with golden shift, and Loaded, a deep, metallic emerald green that makes all eye colors pop! Pro Tip: If you’re not comfortable applying green to the whole lid, try it as an accent eyeliner.
Deep, medium, and light skin with pink or red undertones deal best with teal green or grassy green eye shadows. My go-to for these undertones involves mixing the Giorgio Armani Eye Tint shadow in Jade with Emeraude. Pro Tip: To really make your shadow stand out, create a color gradient by applying light-colored eye shadows first, then gently blending in the deeper shadows. Just make sure there are no hard lines between light and dark.
When talking about golden and olive undertones, I tend to work a warm green into the mix. Think a lime green (for drama), Kelly green, or even a deeper, jade green with a lot of depth. One of my fave lime shades is the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo in #17 Green Viper.
For a deeper green that pairs well with golden and olive skin tones, I suggest the Lancôme Color Design in Montage or The Fab Life. These shadows really pack a punch! Pro Tip: For a more dense and pigmented application, apply shadow using a flat shadow brush. For a lighter touch, use a fluffy eye shadow blender brush instead.
While green can be tricky, enjoy it, and if needed, ease into green by first using the shade in eyeliner form. The most important part is to be confident when wearing your new favorite shade!