Makeup is all about enhancing our natural features rather than covering them up; I think we can all agree on that by now. Even if we're swiping on a bold red lip, graphic cat eye, or vivid shade of eye shadow, it's all about complementing what's already there—aka our faces.
Depending on our unique skin tone, hair, and eye color, though, certain shades of makeup can look particularly striking. We're talking about those magical days when you test out a new product and everyone around you offers endless complements (we're not vain, we swear—it's just a nice feeling to find a product that works for us). Arguably, the impact is greatest when it's eye shadow. There's something particularly beautiful about a strong and intense gaze.
We've talked about the best eye shadow shades for blue eyes and hazel eyes, but now it's time for green eyes. Keep scrolling to see eight eye shadow shades makeup artists recommend to play up green eyes.
One of makeup artist Ashley Rebecca's favorite products is this shimmery pink shadow from natural and cruelty-free brand Alima Pure. You might not think of pink when aiming to enhance green eyes, but she says it's a must-try. "The pink really brightens green eyes and can sometimes bring out hidden tones of gold which are so beautiful," she says.
"For a dressier look," Rebecca says, "this duo shadow from Clé de Peau Beauté is gorgeous for green eyes and isn't something you would normally gravitate to, as most people go straight for bronze or dark brown hues." We love how the dark granite shade and light silver complement each other.
Makeup artist and brow expert Stevi Christine agrees that a metallic silver is a flattering and unexpected pairing against green eyes. "I love silver eye shadow," she says. "It's a fun play for the holidays, and with a hint of shimmer, it's just perfect and pops on green-eyed girls' eyes!" Try this Lancôme shadow single, which has a beautiful finish somewhere between metallic and shimmer.
Christine also recommends a warm cranberry red (which we're obsessed with, by the way): "I love cranberry eye shadow for green-eyed girls. If you're looking for a night on the town or attending a holiday event, a quick pop of color like cranberry will make all the difference! It is a showstopper and will pop on those green eyes indeed!" Apply any of the warm cranberry tones in this fan-favorite palette over the lid for a bold color juxtaposition.
Especially around the holidays, Christine says she loves to see green-eyed girls wear a shimmery copper shade, since "it just pops the eye color giving a beautiful warmth to their skin." Reach for this Morphe palette, which includes myriad versions of shimmery copper for all your holiday party looks.
Another copper shade recommendation comes from makeup artist Kristine Cruz at Antonio Prieto Salon. "Green eyes will really pop with this warm tone copper. It is vibrant and a switch from the traditional purple shades," she says.
Speaking of traditional purple, green-eyed girls can't go wrong with it, no matter which shade they prefer. "Purple hues bring out the yellow in golden green eyes and the same for bringing out the flecks of green in hazel eyes," Cruz says. She recommends this royal purple shade for the ultimate party look.
If you prefer lighter, subtler shades over bolder colors, Cruz recommends this shimmery and delightful violet hue. The sheer and shiny finish will bounce light off your eyes, highlighting their green tone even more.
Now that you have the shadow down, see Byrdie editors' favorite mascaras to complete the look.