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Green eyeshadows for every complexion

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

From sea to forest green

Spring is nearly upon us! Freshen your face with a swipe of green eyeshadow in a tone that's guaranteed to make you look ravishing.
Woman wearing green eyeshadow

Green is that rare jewel tone that transitions well from winter to spring. You can build green eyeshadow into a smoky look, or keep it simple with a light swipe of color to make your eyes pop.

What's best for your complexion

First, determine if you have warm or cool undertones by looking at the veins on your wrist. If they appear blue, you likely have cool skin tones, but greenish veins mean that your skin has a warm tone.

  • Women with warm undertones should opt for greens that feature a gold or copper sheen.
  • Women with cool undertones will look best with bluish or pewter highlights.
  • Fair-skinned beauties should stay away from bright or dark shades and opt for more neutral or sheer greens to avoid a garish appearance.
  • Dark-skinned women can play a little more easily with bright and shimmery shades of green, whereas neutral and dark tones will tend to blend into the background.
  • Medium or olive skin works best with the best green eyeshadow choices that are a little more nuanced.
Now, here are eight green eyeshadows that will let you rock the look without looking overdone.

1

Colorescience in

Colorescience in "Green Shimmer"

Go big or go home, we always say. Colorescience eyeshadow is loose so you can apply layer after layer of this rich and bold moss green color. Finish the look with a thick and even application of black liquid liner to really make your eyes stand out. (Colorescience, $16)

2

Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Duo in

Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Duo in "Down to Earth"

If you don't know which color to pair with your green, just start with Sonia Kashuk's Shadow Duo. The khaki green shadow is paired with a glittery Champagne for a simple look for daytime. (Target, $9).

3

Frankie Rose Cosmetics' in GI Green

Frankie Rose Cosmetics in GI Green

The forest green of Frankie Rose Cosmetics' GI Green shade is shimmery but subtle. You can keep the application light for a bold daytime look, or layer it on thick with Frankie Rose's Dark Secret for a sultry nighttime eye-opener. (Frankie Rose Cosmetics, $14)

4

Starlooks Pigment in

Starlooks Pigment in "C Note"

Not so sure about the green scene yet? Starlooks offers a great option for the newbie in its pigment line. The pigment can swipe on as just a hint of sparkle, or you can stack it on top of a primer for a heavy color. Go bold with the lime tones of "C Note." (Starlooks, $17)

5

NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in

NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in "Covet"

Tired of glitter green? You may find that green is a little more acceptable at work and play if you go with a matte color. NYX's version is an earthy shade for a more neutral look. (Ulta, $5)

6

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in "Bender"

This intense color from Urban Decay toes the line between green and charcoal with expertise. You can feel comfortable applying a lot of color without worrying about it flaking onto your cheeks through the night. If you're feeling adventurous, try adding eyelash extensions for to-die-for eyes. (Ulta, $18)

7

M.A.C. Mineralize Eyeshadow in

M.A.C. Mineralize Eyeshadow in "Tropical Taboo"

Could there be a cooler mix of colors? Feel sexy and alive in lime green, but tone it down a bit with a hint of cobalt blue. This shimmery color scheme from M.A.C. glides on smoothly for a funky alternative to traditional green shadows. (Nordstrom, $21)

8

Sephora Aqua Cream in

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in "Acid Green"

To round out our top eight picks, we selected Make Up For Ever's lime green shade. It looks fantastic as a lid color by itself, or paired with a deep charcoal or violet in the crease. (Sephora, $23)

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