7 Ways to Add Green to Your Beauty Routine

I’m one of those girls that likes to rebel against wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.  I prefer to be a bit more subtle, adding green into my eye makeup or maybe into my manicure.  Adding color can sometimes be hard to pull off in a conservative work environment, so I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way!

  • Wearing Green 1 of 14

    Here's a look at some of my favorite ways to add green to my makeup and manicure!

  • Green Accent 2 of 14

    This is probably the easiest way to add a little green — green liner on an otherwise neutral eye.  This pop of color can be as bold as you want, but I prefer to go a bit more subtle.

  • Get the Green Accent Look 3 of 14

    I started by creating a very neutral eye. I always start with a primed base (my favorite primer is the NYX Eye Shadow Base). I used the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, though almost any neutral shadows would work. I applied Naked on my entire lid, up to the crease. Then, I used Venus on the brow bone, blending between the two shades.

    Next, I added liner. I like to have my liner right in my lash line. I used the Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner in Raven, applying directly into my lash line and a small line just above the line. Next, I used a deep green liner from Urban Decay Mars in their Ocho Loco2 Liner Set, directly above the black. I applied a thicker line at the outer corner of my lid. I also applied a little green to my entire lower lash line. I completed the look with mascara.

    NYX Eye Shadow Base $7
    Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette $28
    Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner in Raven, $20
    Urban Decay Ocho Loco2 Set in Mars, $59
    Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara $23

  • Green Liner Alternatives 4 of 14

    I chose a deep green liner for this look, though it's exclusive to a large set of liners. There are quite a few alternative shades that could easily be substituted. I recommend looking for a liner formula that is similar to a gel, it will glide on for that perfect line!

    Urban Decay Ocho Loco2 Set in Mars, $59
    Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Mildew, $20
    CoverGirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Jade, $6.69

  • Glitter Everywhere 5 of 14

    This one is obviously hard to pull off for "real" life, but St. Patty's Day is the perfect time to rock green glitter nails! Darker greens like this Urban Decay can come off as just a dark, vampy color depending upon the light, so they might be more work appropriate.


    Urban Decay Nail Color in Zodiac, $20
    Zoya Nail Polish in Ivanka, $9

  • Smoky Gradient 6 of 14

    This look is super easy, it's basically smudged liner creating a smoky eye look. With a great smudge brush, my favorite is the Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Smudge Brush ($4.99), you can do a smoky eye any day of the week!

  • How To Get The Smoky Look 7 of 14

    I started with a primed eye to grab on to my shadows (NYX Eye Shadow Base), and then applied a medium toned matte brown to my entire lid. I used the WOS shadow from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette over my entire lid, up and over the crease. I put a little bit of Naked2 into my crease as well for added definition. Next, I smudged black liner directly into my lash line, since I think it is much easier to do this before the color liner gets started.

    When I was ready for color, I grabbed CoverGirl's Jade Eye Liner and drew a thick line right up against my lash line. This liner is very creamy and applies almost like a gel. You have about 60 seconds to smudge before it "sets" and you can't move it! I grabbed my Sonia Kashuk smudge brush and ran it back and forth over the line. The green actually goes right up to my crease, though you can't see it in any of the pics. It does get lighter as it goes up my lid.

    To finish off the look, I applied a little bit more black liner just at the upper and lower lash lines and applied black mascara.


    NYX Eye Shadow Base $7
    Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette $28
    Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner in Raven, $20
    CoverGirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Jade, $6.69
    CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara, $9.59

  • All Over Green Wash 8 of 14

    Yes, this really is green all over my lid.  Rather than going for a deep, vivid green, opting for something a bit more muted and with a bit of metallic sheen makes this look easier to pull off for every day.

  • Get the Green Wash Look 9 of 14

    I started by prepping my eye with primer. First, I used NYX Eye Shadow Base on my entire lid to prime and cover up a few visible blood vessels. Next I applied a light layer of e.l.f. Glitter Primer. This primer doesn't cover up the blood vessels, but will "grab" the more shimmery powder to hold it in place and make it more vibrant. I've found that it really does need a regular eye primer to work properly.

    Next I used Sage Shadow from the Stila In The Garden Palette on my entire lid. I applied it mostly with patting, which made the color a bit more intense and helped the metallic shimmer show up a bit more than sweeping on the shadow. I swept Nectar Shadow (again from the Stila palette) on my brow bone. Finally, I used MAC Woodwinked Shadow in my crease for a bit of added definition.

    To finish the look, I lined both upper and lower lash lines with a little black liner, using a smudge brush to blur the line a bit. I applied L'Oreal's Butterfly mascara to upper and lower lashes.


    NYX Eye Shadow Base $7
    e.l.f. Essential Glitter Primer $2
    Stila In The Garden Palette $39
    MAC Eye Shadow in Woodwinked, $15
    Too Faced Perfect Eyes Eyeliner in Perfect Black, $18
    L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara $7.99

  • Similar Metallic Greens 10 of 14

    While the light mossy green with metallic shimmer of the Stila shadow is hard to duplicate, here are a few alternative greens that might give a similar look.

    Physicians Formula Bright Collection Shimmery Quad Eye Shadow in Metallic Canyon, $6.69
    Boots No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Trio in Forest, $7.99
    Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes Eyeshadow Palette For Green Eyes, $7.49

  • Accent Nail 11 of 14

    I've found that just applying an accent color to one finger, usually my ring finger, is usually enough. I get the color, but by surrounding it with more neutral colors I can keep the look work appropriate.

    The upper manicure  is with a dark mossy green, Zoya Shawn, and it brings out a lot of green tones that are not usually present in the gold, blinged out Nicole by OPI color, For Gold Times Sake.

    The lower manicure is a bit more subdued. Here I have a slightly lighter olive green, Zoya Gemma, surrounded by a very neutral nude color, Zoya Avery.


    Zoya Nail Polish in Shawn, $9
    Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in For Gold Times Sake, $7.04
    Zoya Nail Polish in Gemma, $9
    Zoya Nail Polish in Avery, $9

  • Outer Corner Accent 12 of 14

    I love how the outer corner green pops in this look!  Most of the eye is neutral, but the corner is very pretty when you close your eyes.

  • How to Get the Accent Look 13 of 14

    First I prepped my eyes with NYX Primer and e.l.f. Glitter Primer. Using the Revlon palette in Impressionist, I applied the lower left sparkle color to my entire lid, up to the crease. I use the crease color from the same palette to my crease.

    I then lined my upper and lower lash lines using a black eye liner. Using the lower right darkest green from the Revlon palette in Luscious, I blended the upper black liner and then starting in the middle of my lid patted on a triangle of green. Once the triangle had been added I gently blended everything. I completed the look with a coat of black mascara.

    NYX Eye Shadow Base $7
    e.l.f. Essential Glitter Primer $2
    Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Impressionist, $9.99
    Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Luscious 570, $7.99
    Milani Liquid Eye Liner Pencil in black, $6.09
    Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara $32

  • Glitter Ombre 14 of 14

    I love a little glitter, but sometimes on every finger it can be too much bling. Instead, I've added just an accent to the end of each nail, see how to create and ombre shimmer nail.


    Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Jaded, $6.99
    OPI Nail Polish in Spark de Triomphe, $7


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Article Posted 3 years Ago

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