There are no rules when it comes to makeup. Anyone can (and should) wear whatever they like. With that being said, there are a few guidelines—let's call them best practices—for ensuring a satisfactory result.This is especially true when it comes to eye makeup. Ask any makeup artist, and they'll tell you that, depending on the color of your irises, some shades will accentuate your eyes better than others. This, of course, rings true for green eyes just like it does for blue, brown, and hazel.
So what is thatspecific and magical color that makes green eyes pop? Well, after searching Instagram far and wide, we know there's more than just one.
Meet the Expert
Sandy Linter is an iconic makeup artist. Her long list of celebrity clients includes Elizabeth Hurley and Christie Brinkley.
Click Play to Watch MUA Sandy Linter's Makeup Tutorial For Green Eyes
From Linter's video, learn the tips and tricks below on how to apply the perfect shadow to make green eyes stand out.
- Start with Eyeshadow Base: Linter applies MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly ($23) all over the lid. "Use a brush to apply the base only directly on the eyelid," she says. "This is just to make sure that your eyeliner and your eyeshadow stay on smoothly all day."
- Line the Eye with Pencil: Using a black or brown eye pencil like Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil ($20), Linter lines the eye, beginning from the inner corner and working out in small, controlled strokes. "When you get to the outer corner of your eye, take a pointed Q-tip and just give it a fleck up."
- Outline the Lid: Next, Linter takes Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in Total Taupe ($20) and outlines the lid. "You start in your eye hollow and the outer corner of your eye. You make this V shape on its side, but you're thicker in the outer corner of the eye."
- Blend with Matching Shadow: "I always layer," says Linter. "I'll take a little complementary shadow, maybe light brown or another taupe color." With a medium-sized brush, she blends over the liner pencil with the matching shadow. "What this does is create a larger lid," she adds. Blend inward toward the inner corner of the lid.
- Apply Light Shadow: "Wipe off your brush and go to a pale shade. Today I'm using a pale beige," Linter says. "Pop that onto the eyelid, so you get a little contrast." This gives the appearance of a wider, more open eye.
- Double Line the Eye: Linter then goes over the pencil with Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen ($59). You can also use a gel formula if you prefer. She mirrors the shape of the original pencil liner. "It's really hard for me to do those pointed ends, so I fake it" with a Q-tip.
- Apply Individual Falsies: To make eyes appear larger, Linter applies Kiss I-envy Flare Individual Lashes ($6) and then curls her natural lashes together with the falsies. "When you pick up these little flares, go as far down to the root as you can so you're not going to destroy the lash. And don't put too much glue on."
- Brighten with Concealer: Finally, Linter applies a liquid concealer (she uses Armani Beauty High Precision Retouch, $40, but any similar formula will work) on the inner part of the eye. "This will help lighten up the inside area of the eye and make your eyes look further apart and wider set."
Keep scrolling for some gorgeous, celebrity-inspired makeup looks for green eyes.
Green Eye Makeup Inspiration
Warm, matte neutrals with a subtle, glowy inner corner highlight is a great everyday look for green eyes. Ayesha Curry's perfectly blended shadow is the work of makeup artistPatrick Ta. We especially love how her feathery lashes make her eyes appear even larger.
This bold, editorial cat eye by @nikki_makeup instantly draws attention to the eyes. Black goes with anything, and liquid liner should be a staple in your makeup collection if you want to create dramatic looks.
Makeup artistAshley Rebeccaonce told Byrdie, "Pink really brightens green eyes and can sometimes bring out hidden tones of gold."The eyeshadow's pinky-brown tone is the perfect juxtaposition to the bright green of the model's eyes—especially when the shadowis taken right up to the brow bone. If you want to play with color without resorting to bold brights, take heed and use a subdued taupe-brown type of pink.
Green and yellow pair like cheese and fine wine. Here, makeup artist Charity Leigh uses all matte shades from the Melt Cosmetics Rust Palette ($58) to create a brown and mustard smoky eye that brings out the green in her eyes.
Bring out your green eyes with a true petal pink shadow like the one seen here on actress Katherine McNamara. Charlotte Tilbury'sRose Gold Cream Shadow ($32) is sure to pop, while the Glossier Lidstar in Cub ($18) has a similar effect but is slightly more sheer and natural.
Mega-watt lashes and a subtle blush-toned shadow combine for a natural vibe appropriate for both work and play. Ta created a "monochrome moment" by applying his brand's Velvet Blush in She's Seductive ($32) to the cheeks and layering Lip Creme in She's Confident ($24) with a little bit of She's Unapologetic ($24) popped in the center.
Ta enhanced Rihanna's hazel and green with a bold pink shadow concentrated on the outer corner and then blended into her high-fashion, totally '80s blush. Try using a shadow, like "Flirt" from the Colourpop Too Haute Pink Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($10).
Coppery bronze shades are an easy pick for accentuating green eyes since they pick up flecks of gold in the irises and warm tones in the skin. Here, Emma Roberts's green eyes are emblazoned with a shimmery copper color, courtesy of makeup artist Nikki DeRoest.
Taused pink eye makeup to highlight Olivia Munn's green eyes. We like the monochromatic effect resulting from her matching shadow, blush, and lipstick. Huda BeautyNew Nude Eyeshadow Palette($65) is a great option for achieving this look.
Makeup artistClaudia Neacsu proves that any orangey-brown shade will highlight the beauty of green eyes. This matte copper color looks soft and sun-kissed, like the dirt roads that criss-cross the Italian countryside.
Silver and Gold
Emma Stone's makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, shared this post to her Instagram, which shows Stone's jade green eyes emblazoned against a unique silver-copper combo. Most of the coppery gold color is concentrated on her eyelids, while the silver sheen is brought along the inner corners, almost as a highlight.
This cool white shadow paired with @nikki_makeup's Sweed Lashes Nikki No Lash- Lashes ($28) gives off a totally mod '60s appearance that manages to be thoroughly modern at the same time.
Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes is a master at combining color in a chic and editorial way (in fact, she's kind of a pioneer of the pink eyeshadow and red lipstick combo that's so popular on Instagram). We're crushing on this copper eye look, which makes her eyes gleam. The soft brown wing that accentuates her eye shape can be achieved with a pencil liner.
Bold Brow Highlight
Robin Black, makeup artist and photographer behind the always-chic Instagram account and website, Beauty Is Boring, shows us how copper eyeshadow picks up green tones in the iris and draws them out for all to admire.A gold brow highlight adds extra pop.
Glossy Liquid Liner
Sometimes, simple is key. A swoop of thick liquid liner and a glossy lid allow the eye color to take center stage.
Fiery Single Shadow
Black used a liquid eyeshadow, Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow in Fahrenheit ($28), to create this fiery look. Sweep the shadow across the lid and pat with a finger, or gently run a fluffy brush through the crease to blend.
Makeup artist Andreea Ali used shadows from Mario Dedivanovic's makeup line for this shimmer electric lavender hue halo eye. It just goes to show the truth in what makeup artistKristine Cruz from Antonio Prieto Salon told us: "Purple hues bring out the yellow in golden green eyes and the same for bringing out the flecks of green in hazel eyes."
Classic Smoky Eye
A classic smoky eye works on every eye color and complexion. Tyra Banks' makeup artist, Valente Frazier, accentuates her big green eyes with dark gray shadow and black liner.
A no-makeup makeup eye look lets vibrant green eyes stand out—no distractions. Wispy lashes, glowy cheeks, and glossy lips create a stunning natural canvas.
Take it a step further and do a full monochrome eye in a striking shade of grape purple, like @tobimakeup did for model Nicole Harrison. It's a bold, eye-catching look, that's for sure. Plus, we like how it's almost the perfect shade of magenta.
We love the juxtaposition of the lilac shadow with high-shine gloss, once again by Katie Jane Hughes. It accentuates her eyes in a unique and colorful way.
A soft mauve, like this one from the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ($54), is a great option to play off green eyes. We love how Black shaped the shadow into a sharp wing and paired it with a glossy red lip.
This bold shadow also comes courtesy of Black. To achieve this level of purple perfection, she layered two shadows and created a soft, dramatic wing shape, carrying the color onto the lower lash line.
Dewy skin complements any eye color, as does a sheer champagne shadow. MUA Ashley Rebecca swept a shimmery shade across the lid, with a slightly deeper taupe contouring the crease.
Taupe Smoky Eye
Terrell Mullin gave Eva Marcille a softer, taupey smoky eye that draws attention to her eye color. Dark shades can make the eye area appear smaller, but fluffy lashes can help open things back up.
The 14 Best Eye Shadows for Green Eyes in 2022
Red undertones: Red is directly across from green on the color wheel, so any eyeshadow palette with red hues, like maroon, coral-orange, or pinkish-red, will accentuate green eyes. Rose gold is also a good option because the slightly red undertone of this gold shade allows green eyes to shimmer.
On the color wheel, red is directly across from green. Therefore brown, pink, and purple eyeshadows with warm red tones will make green eyes pop the most. The finish of your eyeshadow can completely change the mood of your overall look as well. A matte brown shadow will look very nice, but minimal.
“A rich burgundy brings an unexpected pop of color that's bold, but wearable.” Nelson agrees, noting that golden-toned browns will make green eyes appear more “yellowish green.”
- 1 Try deep purple shades of clothing for a bold look.
- 2 Complement your eye color with coral clothing.
- 3 Emphasize your eye color with green clothing.
- 4 Try green accessories and ties.
- 5 Dye your hair a copper or red tone.
- 6 Pick brown eye makeup for a natural look.
Green Eyes: If you have green eyes, cooler toned lipsticks are great. For example, pink and rose colors are beautiful.
Looking at the colour wheel, purple, violet, burgundy and red shades create a real contrast to make green eyes stand out and truly sparkle. That's your green light to experiment with warm, reddish eyeshadows and palettes but take care not to overdo it!
A rich butterscotch hair color will beautifully complement your green eyes. With hints of caramel, honey, and light brown the L'Oréal Paris Féria in Light Golden Brown is sure to be a perfect match.
We've said before that purple flatters every eye color (which is true), but it's extra gorgeous on green eyes. "It goes back to the color wheel," Whelan said. "Green's complementary color is red, so any shadow with red undertones really makes green eyes pop." Lavender, violet, aubergine—no shades are off limits.
Gold. “Gold is a pretty standard and beautiful color to use on any eyelid,” says Kastuk. She also recommends finding one with a reddish undertone (like rose gold) to really make green eyes pop. Plus, gold shades can help bring out the gold and brown flecks in green eyes too.
Twenty-nine percent of participants associated green eyes with sexiness, the top characteristic thought to be related to this color. Green-eyes was also thought of as creative (25 percent) and a little devious (20 percent). Being trustworthy and shy was also linked to green-eyed people.
Green eyes are a rarity, and only 2% of the population have green eyes. By using brown mascara, you will emphasise your rare eye color further. A soft brown mascara on your eyelashes will bring out the color of your irises without being too heavy or too dark.
What are the best eye shadow shades for green eyes? Shadows with reddish undertones will make green eyes pop. So, if you have green eyes, choose eyeshadow colors like bronze, reddish-browns, reddish-coppers, maroons, and mahogany, even purple eyeshadows that have red undertones to them, such as violet and eggplant.
Gray is a neutral colour that complements green eyes. This makes them appear more alive and vibrant. Use a matte gray shadow for day looks, and transition to a shimmery gray shade for an evening look.
The highest concentration of people with green eyes is found in Ireland, Scotland, and northern Europe. In fact, in Ireland and Scotland, more than three-fourths of the population has blue or green eyes – 86 percent!
Advantages of Green Eyes
People with green eyes are often considered creative and imaginative. This eye color is associated with jealousy and passion. Since it is rare, it is often deemed very attractive.
Instead, gray eyes topped the chart with an average rating of 7.4, followed by blue and green eyes each scoring an average of 7.3. When broken down by gender, men ranked gray, blue, and green eyes as the most attractive, while women said they were most attracted to green, hazel, and gray eyes.
While celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo doesn't believe in limiting yourself to specific make up shades, he does say smoky, gray tones look incredible against green eyes.
Use dark shades like black and brown. Dark blonde hues also pair well with your fair skin and green eyes. Some women can rock the pale skin black hair combo, but not everyone can pull it off. Black hair can wash out your skin.
Eye color comes from genes that make melanin. Brown, green and blue eye color comes from a pigment called melanin. Brown eyes have a lot of melanin in the iris, green eyes have a medium amount, and blue eyes have little or no pigment. Two genes, BEY2 and GEY, work together to make brown, green, or blue eyes.
Results found that blue was the most attractive eye color in males, garnering 47 out of 173 total matches—or 27.17 percent. The next most popular color was brown, with 21.97 percent of votes, followed by green with 16.76 percent, hazel with 15.03 percent, and black with 10.98 percent.
Jealousy is the "green-eyed monster," so if someone calls you "green eyes," they probably mean you've behaved in a jealous manner. Green is a colour associated with sickness, possibly because people's skin takes on a slightly yellow/green tinge when they are seriously ill.
Coordinating your gorgeous green eyes with a green eyeliner will make them appear even GREENER! From deep forest green to vibrant bright green, a touch of green eyeliner to the lash line will magically match the natural sparkle of your eyes and make them look even more dazzling.
While black is a staple no matter what your eye color is, it works wonders on green eyes for creating that enviable alluring gaze. "Black is a no-brainer when it comes to green eyes," says Garnes.
Browns and Bronzes
Using earth-toned shades is a surefire way to play up those green eyes. Browns, bronzes and similar shades all complement green beautifully, and brown in particular is a great alternative to black, which can be too harsh for daily wear.
By looking at the palette of shades best adapted for emerald irises, we can see that green's complementary colors—those that will really bring out your eyes and make them glow—are red and purple hues.
According to the L'Oreal Paris website, green and burgundy are opposites, so a burgundy tone will compliment green eyes. "Since purple and green are also nearly opposite of one another on the color wheel, you can count violet mascara as another winning option for your lashes," the site reads.
Black. If you have naturally black hair and a deep skin tone, lean into it! The darkest of dark shades will be a sharp contrast against green eyes, really making them stand out.
“Swap your black eyeliner (especially for day) for brown, navy or plum. Sometimes black eyeliner can be very harsh on mature eyes and draw attention to dark circles and lines around the eye. Experiment with colour for a softer look that compliments your eye or hair colour.”
With age, the skin around our eyelids are more prone to lines and wrinkles, and you may see loss of density in your lashes. To bring back life to your eye area, Katsuk says matte eyeshadows are the way to go. “The general rule of thumb for smoother texture is to use more matte shades on the eyelids.