8 Makeup Basics for Green Eyes

by Mary Avant

Overview

Green eyes are beautiful on their own — just look at celebrities like Olivia Wilde and Angelina Jolie for proof — but if you really want to make everyone green with envy, there are a few essential makeup basics you need to know. From what colors to rock and which to avoid, along with the perfect looks for both night and day, these makeup basics will have every green-eyed goddess looking her best.

Complementary Colors

Gold and brown eyeshadows bring out the color of green eyes most effectively, says Ashley Riddle, a beauty expert with Baltimore–based Up-Do's For I Do's. To finish any eye look, a coat of simple black mascara — like the look actress Amanda Seyfried sports here at a fashion show in Paris — lets green eyes shine.

A Face to Match

Moving on to the rest of the face, Riddle advises ladies with green eyes to stick with a light pink blush and brown or nude lipsticks, like the shade actress Olivia Wilde is wearing here at a Hollywood movie premiere. “Using these in combination will allow green eyes to pop and stand out,” Riddle says.

Setting the Tone

To look your best, it's crucial to play off of your hair color and skin tone. Fair skin and light hair looks great with tan, taupe and even light purple eyeshadows. For ladies with light to medium skin and red hair — like actress Julianne Moore, seen here at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards — neutral browns, coppers and even burnt orange can look great. And for women with dark hair, medium browns and any shade of purple play up your green eyes.

Green-on-Green Action

Think you can't wear green shadows with your stunning green eyes? Think again! To sport a shade that's in the same color family, go for a shimmery option in an olive or sage, for example — like the one actress AnnaLynne McCord shows off here at an event in Park City, Utah — to make sure eyes stand out in the sea of green.

Not-So-Nice Shades

Though it can be fun and youthful, Riddle says the combination of green eyes and blue eye makeup — including eyeshadows, liners and even mascaras — is best to avoid. In some cases, depending on the shade, she says blues can even make green eyes look tired, like actress Kristen Stewart's, shown here at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.

Office-Appropriate

Bright eyeshadow is typically a big no-no in the workplace. Fortunately, the shades of brown, taupe or green that look great with green eyes are definitely office-friendly. To keep makeup beautiful but pared down for the office, Riddle suggests sweeping a gold or brown-toned shadow across the entire lid, and pairing the look with a swipe of brown eyeliner along the top lash line, just like actress Scarlett Johansson does here at a movie premiere in Hollywood.

Lazy-Day Look

When running errands on Saturday or lounging on your lazy Sunday, stay simple yet put-together with a nude or clear lip gloss — like actress and singer Hilary Duff is wearing here at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills. To add a bit of color, pair it with a hint of peach or light pink blush on the cheeks, Riddle says.

Evening Eyes

Channel your inner vixen for a night out on the town, all while making your gorgeous green eyes stand out with more dramatic lids, like the look actress Angelina Jolie is rocking here at the 2012 Academy Awards. Stick with golds and browns — just in a richer pigment — and blend in a dark gray or black shadow in the crease, Riddle suggests. Next, add black or brown liner to both lash lines, a few coats of pure black mascara, and a dark peach or pink gloss to play up your pout.

About the Author

Mary Avant has worked for several international, national and regional magazines and received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written on everything from fashion and health to business and food, and she specializes in women's style, fashion and beauty.