Every makeup bag needs the right neutral eye shadow, and for women with green eyes, makeup artist swears by taupe. "The warmer undertones are more flattering than ashy brown," she said. Plus, one that has a little sparkle will bring out golden flecks in the irises. Our pick?
Slate Gray Liner
Heavy black liner can look severe on light eyes, especially in the daytime, Whelan says. A creamy charcoal pencil (like Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Crème Shadow Pencil in Graphite) is a softer, less overpowering alternative.
Every Shade of Purple
We've said before that purple flatters every eye color (which is true), but it's extra gorgeous on green eyes. "It goes back to the color wheel," Whelan said. "Green's complementary color is red, so any shadow with red undertones really makes green eyes pop." Lavender, violet, aubergine—no shades are off limits. We love all three hues in For the most eye-catching results, concentrate purple shadow close to the lash line.
Smoky Silver Shadow
We're stealing this one from Kristen Stewart (she's one of our green-eye icons, and the girl knows how to ace a smoky look): Dust silver shadow, like across lids and in the inner corners. It's both smoky and bright, which adds up to a gorgeous, ethereal look.
A dash of brown eyeliner has the same smoldering effect as black, without the harshness. "Sometimes black can have a flattening effect [against light eyes]," Whelan said. "A warm brown shade is much softer." For easy smudging, try
Metallic Sage Shadow
Don't rule out green shadows, either — just go for one that's multidimensional, such as It's a silvery sage that goes on sheer. "Whenever you're using a color in the same family as your eyes, play around with texture," Whelan said. "Something shimmery will always make your eyes stand out."
Bronze Eye Liner
Swap out your black eye liner for something with a little shine. is a bronze liner that will make your green eyes sparkle, and the formula is fantastic — it's not waxy, but it's also not totally liquid.
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