Eyeshadow Colors for Green Eyes


Despite having so many colors on the eyeshadow palette, have you ever noticed you end up using only a few of them? Why is this so? Well, the answer is very natural. Not every color on the palette suits you. 

Every eye color has its own shades to suit them well. However, in this article, we’ll put a special emphasis on green eyes. We’ll help you choose the best and the most suitable eyeshadow colors for your emerald eyes.

Things to Consider While Choosing Eyeshadow Color For Green Eyes

  1. Eye Color and Undertone 

Despite having so many colors on the eyeshadow palette, we usually end up using only a few of them. Why? Because it is a fact that not every color suits us. But what are the deciding factors of which eyeshadow color suits us?

The answer to this question is eye color and undertone. Some shades accentuate the specific eye colors so well, that the person in question looks absolutely ethereal. The undertone, which is basically your skin tone, also plays a huge role in deciding which eyeshadow to choose.

  1. Color of Your Hair 

After your eye color and undertone, the next thing to consider while choosing an eyeshadow color for green eyes is the color of your hair. Whether you’ve just got your hair dyed, or you are sporting your natural hair color, it plays a huge role in making you look good. Your hair color, eye color, and undertone should be taken into consideration together.

  1. Your Attire for the Day 

Lastly, the outfit or the attire you’ll be wearing for the day is also a deciding factor in choosing the right eyeshadow color for your eyes. Whether you are wearing a plain outfit with a subtle design or an ostentatious one, decides whether you want subtle everyday natural makeup or a bold shimmery glamorous eye look. The occasion for which you are getting ready and the type of attire you are wearing should also complement each other.

Best Eyeshadow Colors for Green Eyes

  1. Red Undertones 

Red color lies directly across from green on the color wheel, hence a perfect contrast to it. Any eyeshadow color with red undertones, like maroon, coral-orange, and pinkish-red accentuates the green eyes more than any other color. It makes the green eyes look as vivid and bright as they can be. 

For a bold and daring look, a plain red eyeshadow won’t fail you ever. For a more subtle everyday look, you can choose shades ranging from burgundy, and wine, to auburn. A rose-gold eyeshadow with a hint of golden shade can make the green eyes with golden flecks pop out and can be your favorite choice for a shimmery evening.

  1. Purple And Plums 

Purple-colored eyeshadow is the most complimentary shade for green eyes. It lies on the opposite side of the color wheel and there is no other shade that brings out the boldness and the charm of emerald irises. Purple shades highlight the gold flecks found in some green eyes.

For a subtle everyday look, you can consider using light purple eyeshadow like lavender or lilac. On the other hand, you can go for darker shades of purple like violet, plum, or magenta for the evening look. If you want to spice up your makeup a bit more and want more drama in your eyes, then you can consider applying a dark purple shade on it around the lower lash line.

  1. Earthy Shades 

Earthly shades suit all different shades of green eyes. This is especially true if you have green eyes with flecks of gold or yellow in them, then the earthly shades might be the perfect eyeshadow colors for your eyes. Shades like bronze, copper, or metallic gold shadow really make the emerald eyes pop.

A light copper-colored eyeshadow can be worn for everyday natural and subtle looks. You can add boldness to your eyeshadow by adding a bit of sparkle to them. You can add golden shimmery eyeshadow to your eyelids for a glamorous evening look. 

  1. Silver and Charcoal 

Some green eyes have a slightly cooler tone, shifting them towards the grey-blue color. For such cool-toned green eyes, silver and charcoal shades are the best. The silvery charcoal tones look stunning, especially for a bright evening when light reflects off these metallic shades. 

Even for a day look, you can go for a matte silver eyeshadow and smudge a thin layer of Kohl near your upper and lower waterline for a perfectly subtle, bright look. For an evening look, shimmery silver eyeshadow with charcoal shades would do the job and bring attention to your pretty eyes.

  1. Neutral Shades with a Pop of Color 

When you want a subtle everyday look, bold shades or colors contrasting your skin tone might make you feel as if you overdid it. For such situations, you can go for neutral shades with warm tones like soft browns, dark browns, taupes, tans, and khakis. Such shades compliment green eyes of any shade, dark or light without seeming too vibrant.

Neutral shades illuminate and add depth to your emerald eyes at the same time. You can choose between simple, a few layers, or smokey eye, depending upon the occasion.

How to Create Eyeshadow Looks For Green Eyes 

  1. Prep your Eyes

When it comes to prepping your eyes for eye makeup, the first thing to do is to wash and clean your face and then apply eye cream or moisturizer. Then apply an eyeshadow primer for perfect base makeup. Then apply the concealer over your eyelids and the area around your eyes to complete the base makeup of the eyes.

The moisturizer helps to moisturize the skin. The primer helps the makeup to stay intact for long durations. Concealer provides a good base for the eyeshadow to be applied and also hides the imperfections if any.

  1. Choose the Look 

As stated above, there are different eyeshadow shades you can choose from. All the different shades bring out different auras. Hence, the next step to creating an eyeshadow look is to choose the look you want. 

The lightest shade of eyeshadow will act as the base shade and primer for the makeup. Then keep adding the other darker shades you want to put on to complete the look.

  1. Use Good Eyeshadow Applicators

While doing elaborate and delicate eye makeup, the type of makeup applicators you use plays a crucial role. Hence, make sure to use good eyeshadow applicators, i.e. eyeshadow brushes. Not only brushes, but you also need to know the right way to apply eyeshadow as well and if you haven’t tried it before, then it can be troublesome. Of course, it would be best if you could check out some makeup tutorials on YouTube to get a hang of them.

  1. Line your Upper Eyelid

After putting on the eyeshadow, the next step is to apply liner on your upper eyelid. On one hand, leaving eye makeup at the eyeshadow stage can be acceptable. But, a sleek stroke of eyeliner just completes the entire look. 

Eyeliner or kohl adds definition to the eye makeup. It gives off an elegant finishing touch to it. Black eyeliner can be the most basic, yet suitable for any look. However, you can also use brown shade liner too for a warm tone to the eyes.

  1. Finishing Touches

Even though eyeliner is usually the finishing touch of eye makeup. You can still add small finishing touches to your overall look for a better result. Applying mascara to your eyelashes or putting on falsies can be your finishing touch for a glam look.

If you are getting ready for a shimmery evening, then you can add some glitter to your eyes too, by adding a dot of shimmery highlighter at the inner corner of your eyes. Adding a winged eyeliner or a cat-eye on the outer corner of the eyes can add drama and boldness to your eyes and your overall look too.

Final Words

You have really won the genetic lottery if you are lucky to have beautiful green irises. Just how jealous I am of you! 

Even though we have enlisted a bunch of eyeshadow shades best suited to your eyes, wearing no makeup is also a look you can go for. Your pretty emerald eyes are more than enough to make spectators stop in their tracks and lose themselves in your eyes. And even if you are opting to put on makeup, then make sure to choose the best hues out of your palette suitable to the occasion you are getting ready for.