Makeup, How To

5 Green Makeup Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

by Tyshia Ingram
March 17, 2020

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner and spring quickly approaching, there's no better time to bring out the fresh, emerald-toned makeup we've been missing from the foliage.

While you should never be afraid to rock emerald tones, regardless of the day, the holiday is an excuse to go all out and add some shamrock shades to every part of your look.

Even better, you won't need luck to find the perfect St. Paddy's looks — just this guide. Here are five green makeup looks that'll make those around you green with envy.

For the Office: Try Green Mascara

Plan to spend the day building your own personal pot of gold? If you're celebrating St. Paddy's Day at the office, you can still sneak in some holiday cheer with a few coats of green mascara. For a more subtle look, apply your normal black or brown mascara before topping it off with a dark green. If you're feeling bold and want your green lashes to pop, use a lash primer beforehand, then apply a bright green mascara to both your top and bottom lashes!

At Happy Hour: Rock a Green Smokey Eye

A green smokey eye instantly transforms a day to a night look. Apply a light shade of green directly on your lid, and choose a darker shade of green to add to the outer corner of your eye. Add a bit of black or brown to turn up the smokiness. Then, blend it all in for a seamless look. Give your eyes an extra level of intensity by extending the dark green shade to your lower lash line.

For a Party: Apply a Green Cat Eye

At a party, a cat eye keeps your look classic — making it green ensures your eyes never get lost in the crowd. To make this look really pop, start with a black kohl liner. Line your eyes to add depth and dimension before patting on a bright shade of green (rather than a darker color) to really turn up the intensity. Get as creative as you want with this look! Experiment with different shapes, from a dramatic wing to a thick, short flick.

At a Parade: Go Festive With Green and Gold

Join your local parade festivities with the ultimate St. Paddy's Day color combo: green and gold. It might not be a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but it's the next best thing! For this look, swipe a bright and bold shade of green all over your lid. Afterward, take a sparkling gold shadow and apply the pigment to your inner corner and along your brow bone. If you're feeling lucky, paint a four-leaf clover on your cheek to complete the look.

For a Day of Family Fun: Matching Green Eye Shadow and Nails

Planning a day of cultural activities in honor of St. Patrick? You can still use green makeup to enhance your celebrations. Go monochromatic with a matching shade of shamrock green for your eye shadow and nail polish. Let the pops of color be the star of the show — keep the rest of your makeup minimal, maybe just a touch of rosy blush and lip gloss, to finish off this fresh and festive look.

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