9 Eyeshadows Guaranteed To Make Green Eyes Pop

Black eyeliner is a cross-cultural, cross-generational makeup staple. But, according to celebrity makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, the darkest of hues can make green eyes fall flat. Who knew?
To mine the shades that make them sparkle brighter and accentuate the gold and yellow flecks common in green-eyed girls, we asked Deenihan and Emily Kate Warren (who has her own celeb clientele) to share the shades they use to make green eyes pop when on the red carpet. “Brown shadows are universally flattering and can be paired with any eye color," Deenihan says. "But, on green eyes, brown plays up the earth-tone family and keeps the eyes looking soft."
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Of course, a woman cannot live on brown shadow alone. And, there are way more hues where that came from. Keep reading for nine eyeshadows tailor-made for green eyes.


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“The blues in this palette are great for making green eyes stand out,” Warren says.
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“This pinkish-toned color complements green on the color wheel and is very flattering for green eyes,” Warren says.
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“The reddish base in this copper-toned color looks amazing because it makes green eyes pop,” Warren says.
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“When swept along the lids, this richly-pigmented color creates a dramatic shimmer that makes the eyes really pop,” Deenihan says.
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"This matte-brown shadow is a rich coffee color and looks great when layered with different textured shadows such as NARS Mekong shadow," Deenihan says. "Apply the satin-finish Mekong on the lid and Bobbi Brown Espresso in the crease and outer corners for a smokey eye that’s subtle and earthy."
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“Violet or purple shadow colors with a red undertone will complement green eyes the most," says Deenihan. "This red-purple paired with a pink shadow will really make your green eyes appear as green as possible. Play with the light and dark colors creating different dimensions on the eye."
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“A lot of green eyes have gold and yellow flecks in them around the iris," Deenihan says. "By playing with a yellow or green-based gold shadow, the flecks really stand out and brighten the eyes. This particular shadow is great because the shimmer texture can really mimic the gold flecks in green eyes."
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“I try to stay away from rimming a green eye in a bunch of black liner because it can look too harsh and flat against light eyes," Deenihan says. "Instead, a slate or dark silver shadow, like Urban Decay’s Gunmetal, has a little shimmer that catches the light and opens the eyes."
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“This plum purple is a deeper color and looks great as a smoky eye," Deenihan says. "The purple makes the green of the eyes pop, and the dark color gives an intense smoky eye for a more dramatic look."
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