24 Chic Ways to Wear Green Makeup for Saint Patrick’s Day (and Beyond)
No matter how much Irish DNA you have, Saint Patrick’s Day is the holiday of luck, gold and late night celebrations. (Even if you’re just celebrating at home this year.) It’s also a time to experiment when it comes to beauty. Sure, you could just cover your face with shamrock paint. We want something a little more creative, though. Still festive but with a decidedly glamorous vibe. So we’re turning to the runways for some green makeup inspo.
Green makeup gets a bad rap. But it can actually be beautiful and flattering in all forms. Afraid green won’t look good on you? There’s no reason to worry since greens enhance all skin tones and eye colors. You simply have to find the right shade for you. Emerald shadow and neon green mascara are great ways to make your eyes pop. A pastel green or even glittering ivy lipstick will make your lips stand out. So anyone can go green on March 17.
Don’t believe us? These runway beauty looks will inspire you to give green a try. You can even sport them way beyond Saint Patrick’s Day.
Some strategically placed lime liner really ups the ante on standard smoky eyes.
A pastel green lip works for both spring and Saint Patrick's Day.
The more green, the better. Layer several shades for sophisticated cat eyes. Add touches of gold on the bottom inner corners FTW.
Green eyeshadow is the obvious choice, but it's not the only option. Enhance eyes with a bright green mascara applied only to the outer lashes on the upper lash lines. For more drama, try colored falsies.
There's nothing more appropriate than a swipe of green eyeshadow on Saint Patrick's Day.
A shot of electric green liner only applied to lower lash lines has as much impact as a full face of green paint.
In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, put down that black liner and pick up a green one to create an elongated cat eye. Draw a line of gray eye pencil on the bottom lashes to add some smolder for evening.
Get over your fear of bright eyeshadow with a soft green dabbed on eyelids. A touch of highlighter and a coat of volumizing black mascara make the bright eyeshadow look surprisingly effortless.
A green-stained mouth from the dyed beer and sweets isn't cute, but a metallic green lipstick is. Pro tip: Turn a matte green lipstick into a metallic one with a lip top coat or by dabbing a bit of silver eyeshadow on top of ordinary lipstick.
Enhance your feline flicks with sea green shadow. White liner underneath only amplifies the effect.
Take a good look because the green eye makeup is subtle, but it's still there. The light application and placement on the inner parts of the eyes make the look.
Use a shamrock green eye pencil to line the entire perimeter of eyes. Skip mascara and keep the rest of the face au naturel so the green really stands out.
Going from a black smoky eye to an emerald green too drastic? Stick with the classic look on eyelids, but accent the inner and outer corners with a vivid green eyeliner. It will make eyes look twice their size.
It wouldn't be a celebration without green glitter. Go all out with chunky emerald green glitter layered on eyes. To prevent it from looking overdone, pair with a slick of lip gloss and save the contouring for another day.
Shamrock green may be the traditional shade, but it's good to switch things up once in a while. A thick stroke of lime green on the eyes brightens the entire face. As it's still a shade of green, there's no need to worry about getting pinched.
Get ready for an evening out with a green smoky eye. Blend sage green shadow with gray and black for a look that's surprisingly easy to pull off.
Green and silver create a glam eye makeup look. In this case, only use the lightest touch with blending brushes. It's best if we can see the different shadows. Complement the emerald eyes with black nail polish with blue and green vertical stripes.
Purple may not be the first color that comes to mind for Saint Patrick's Day, but it pairs nicely with green. Just see this eye makeup. Choose sheer, shimmering shadows for a romantic finish. To increase the effect, finish with a mini strip of false lashes on the outer corners.
Turn a neutral makeup look into a festive Saint Patrick's Day one with a bit of shimmering green shadow applied on the lower lash lines. It's OK if it drops down. It's meant to look random.
There's shamrock green, then there's neon shamrock green. This liquid liner falls into the latter category. Choose the brightest liner you can find and draw a thick flick across the entire lid.
This is a more minimalist approach compared to decorating cheeks with shamrocks and rainbows, but it's decidedly chicer. It's also a look that you'll want to try other days of the year with different colored eyeliners.
Rainbows are almost as popular as shamrocks for Saint Patrick's Day. Rather than trying to incorporate seven colors on eyelids, stick with two. We suggest a swipe of sparkling green on the lids and a streak of baby blue on the bottom lash lines. False lashes are optional but recommended for an ethereal look.
One of the benefits of green is that it looks good with any eye color. Play up peepers by lining the lower lash lines with an eye pencil in classic Saint Patrick's Day green.
Earn originality points on Saint Patrick's Day by mixing green and purple. Highlight the inner corners of eyes with a bright purple pencil, then rim lower lash lines with vibrant green. Get inspired to try the look with other color combinations.