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Colour Series: Emerald Green Eyes

Get the glamorous look without overdoing it…

Posted: 16.07.15

Wearing colour on the eyes is not an easy look to achieve and one can often end up looking more like Pat Butcher from Eastenders, rather than your favourite Bollywood star’s look you were trying to imitate. One such colour that is particularly difficult to get right on the eyes is the luscious green, without resembling Cyclops, transitioning to Hulk or a radioactive specimen. Fret not, beauty addict Trusha of Secret Style File is here to yet again save yourself from such ghastly visages, with this stunning guide to Emerald green eyes done perfectly.

 

 



The Base
With all make-up looks the base is always important, it is essential to use a good primer that minimises pores and creates a silky canvas for make-up application, I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. For a flawless look with reasonable coverage that feels like you’re wearing nothing, I have used the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.

Contouring and Highlight
You can see my full tutorial here but for this look I used the Smashbox Contour Sticks.

The Eyes
Start off with an eye primer like the Urban Decay Primer Potion, this will keep your eyeshadow in place all day and really hold the colour in place. I used the Seventeen Eye Crayon in Molten Metal all over the eyelid for a shimmery base and it works well with green shades. For this look I have used the Smashbox Earth As We Know Palette from the Santigold Collection for the green tones and the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette for my neutrals. As a blending shade, I like to use matte mid brown in the crease and just above, this will make it easier to blend the darker eyeshadows later and I used Cashmere Bunny from the Natural Eyes Palette. I then used the shade Sexpresso with a pencil brush on the outer corner of my eye just to smoke the eyes out a bit. With a small crease brush or pencil brush, I used the bronze glitter shade (from the Smashbox Palette) just in my outer crease to add some sparkle and then with a flat brush I used the sparkle green from the palette and just tapped it on to the centre of my lids to give a subtle hint of green.

I used the Smashbox Highlight Stick to highlight my brow bone and then added a felt tip eyeliner for eye definition using the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner for a simple flick and nothing too dramatic. I then used the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner on my waterline as it lasts so long. Tracing along my lower lash line with eye crayon just to add a good base for under the eyes, I then heavily used the emerald green along my lower lash line to really give that green emphasis, repeating this step a couple of times to really bring out the emerald tones. I then added some Benefit Roller Lash Mascara to my lashes and then added some more green under my eyes, but this time wetting my brush slightly to really bring out the colour.

Set your Make-up
Before adding powder, use the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer to highlight the under eye area and hide any dark circles. To take away excess shine and most importantly to set your make-up, use a light powder like the NARS pressed Powder on your T-zone, highlighted areas and anywhere you tend to get shiny.

Finishing Touches
Add a little powder blush to the apples of your cheeks, since the eyes are so intense - I wanted to keep the rest of my make-up very fuss-free, so I used a very natural looking blush from Smashbox called Heartbreak. I then added Bourjois’s chocolate bronzer in gold to the highest points of my cheekbones, along the centre of the nose and cupid’s bow. This gold looks gorgeous with the emerald green tones. With colourful eyes, I would recommend a very nude lipstick combination. I used the NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita and then Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 04 for a nice creamy nude lip with coral undertones. To set all my make-up in place and ensure it lasts the duration I gave myself a quick spritz with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

Stay tuned for more make-up looks from my Colour Series and don’t forget to check out my Wedding guest tutorials..x

Trusha R

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