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Spring Beauty Trend Preview: Green Eye Makeup


Spring may seem far off while you’re facing icy winds and chilly temperatures, but in reality, it’s fast-approaching. And you can get a head start on the season by adding some color to your look with one of the hottest trends in makeup from the Spring 2011 runways.

Green eyeshadow and liner can be used to create a soft, ethereal look or a bold, playful style. Either way, this spring beauty trend is one to experiment with and wear with confidence – find out how by reading on!

Green Eyeshadow On the Runway

Spring 2011 Runway Green Eyeshadows

From Betsey Johnson to Alberta Ferretti, green eyeshadow made a statement on the Spring 2011 runways. Shades ranged from daring neons to light dustings of color.

How to Rock the Green Eyeshadow Look

While green eye makeup can be difficult to master and is often dismissed as tacky, the color is actually quite versatile, and allows a full range of looks to choose from. It all depends on which shades you use and how you apply them.

The key to successfully pulling off green eye makeup? Keep the rest of your makeup fairly neutral in color. This will allow the spotlight to shine on your eyes, and will help you avoid the cartoony look.


Alberta Ferretti Soft Green Eyeshadow
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As seen in the Alberta Ferretti runway show, you can create a soft, springy look with green eyeshadow in just a few easy steps.

To start, apply a small amount of a lighter shade of green on your lids, focusing on the outer corners, then blend upward to create soft lines. Add a little mascara to finish the look. Two great eyeshadows to help achieve the ethereal look are “Kaboom Kelly” by Cover Girl and “Aquarius” by Urban Decay. They have just enough pigment to make an appearance, but won’t overpower your face.

To step this look up a bit further (without going over the top), you can apply a light beige or ivory eye shadow onto your eyelids (we love “Shroom” by MAC) before adding on the green. A little bit of light shimmer, when blended in with the rest of the color, will accentuate the green without making you look like a disco ball.


Edgy Green Eyeshadow
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If you’re feeling gutsy, you can take notes from the Betsey Johnson runway show and apply green eyeshadow liberally. However, a chic and edgy alternative can be found in layering green eyeshadow with steely grays and blacks to create a new, more colorful take on the smokey eye.

After applying a layer of green to your eyelids, apply a gray or black eyeshadow along your lash line and on the outer edge of your eyelids, creating lines that swoop upward. Make sure to blend the lines together to achieve this smokey eye with a punch of color. Line your eyelids with a black eyeliner, apply mascara, and you’re done!

As far as shades go, I really love “Night Porter” by NARS to create a smoky-green look because the eyeshadow has a black base color with a tinge of emerald to it. The color looks great on a variety of skin tones and is ideal for this look.

Just a Touch of Green

Green Eyeliner Pencil
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An easy way to try out green eye makeup without worrying about overdoing it is to line your bottom eyelid with a bright green eyeliner. This simple stroke can be blended in with your everyday eye makeup to make a subtle statement. I’ve found that a great eyeliner for adding a pop of color is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. Try out the color Graffiti — it’s a bright green eyeliner with a little shimmer to catch the light, and looks amazing splashed below your lashes.

What do you think of green eye makeup?

What do you think of this spring beauty trend? Do you think this trend is strictly OK on the runway, or an artistic idea for everyday makeup? Would you ever try out green eye makeup? Let us know in a comment!

Posted on on January 11, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , ,

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16 Responses to “Spring Beauty Trend Preview: Green Eye Makeup”

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    January 11th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Green is definetely my favourite color and I do wear green eyeshadow sometimes :) I think some green shades are quite peculiar and difficult to pull off but with a dark green you can create a smokey look and with lighter colors you can trace just a line above the lashes (the way blake lively has been wearing that silver shadow in the last season of gossip girl).

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    January 11th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    LOVE both the soft and edgier versions of this look, I have green eyes and surprisingly find green (in most shades) to be very wearable. Lately I’ve been wetting a dark jade green eyeshadow and using it as liner, and it looks fab. I’m dying to try the lighter green for springtime!


  3. 3
    January 11th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I love green eyeshadow! That light green is so subtle and fresh. I’ve been on the lookout for a more “apple” green color…I usually wear Mildew by Urban Decay, which is super-pigmented BUT more of an olive shade.

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    January 11th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I love the idea of green shadow but will it work for girls with darker complexions? I’d like to avoid looking tacky at all costs! lol

  5. 5
    January 11th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I will definitely be rocking this- I already love green eyeshadow- I have Kaboom kelly and have never feathered it out like that I’ll definitely be giving that a shot.

  6. 6
    January 11th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I wear green eyeshadow all the time! I love it. Mine is more evergreen-colored though.

  7. 7
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    It is gorgeous! :)

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    January 12th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Nyeasha, green eye makeup totally works on girls with darker complexions! The green smokey eye looks gorgeous with those particular skin tones. For the softer looks, I’d recommend slightly more pigmented/darker shades of the “spring” green color–darker complexions can pull it off easily!

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    February 18th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I absolutely love the edgy and softer green. it is totally different. i’m gonna try it very soon. thanks a lot. the runway girls are really working the makeup.

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