The Unlikely Eyeshadow Trend You’ll Be Wearing This Spring

We’re officially in that weird winter-to-spring limbo that makes getting ready 10 times more difficult in the morning. When the temperature wavers from ice-cold to nice and breezy, every life decision is a gamble. What do you wear (jacket vs. coat)? What should you drink (iced coffee vs. cinnamon latte)? What about weekend plans (Netflix vs. Netflix)? But here to make our #firstworldproblems a little easier is a makeup trend that will definitely perk you up in this unstable weather: green eye makeup.

The shade isn’t so bright that it’d look weird with your all-black ensemble, and isn’t so dark that it makes you look sickly. “Green is a very powerful color, yet it represents freshness, which is a very big trend right now,” says celebrity makeup artist Rokael Lizama.

Makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan agrees, suggesting that you keep the focus on the eyes when trying out the trend, but letting the rest of the rules fly out the window.”There’s no right or wrong in choosing your shade,” she says. “If you’re going green, you’re going for a fun look and [you] can apply as little or as much as desired!”

For ideas on how to pull off green shadow and eyeliner — without looking like a Marvel villain — check out the celebrities and models who nailed the trend, ahead.

Olivia Munn

For an appearance in Beverly Hills, the actress complemented her emerald dress with green eyeshadow. The color was blended out over the entire lid, making for a gorgeous pop of color in an otherwise neutral makeup look.

Kendall Jenner

For a color as bold as this, a little can go a long way. For the 2018 People’s Choice Awards, makeup artist Mary Phillips used a bright green eyeliner to draw seemingly random lines on Kendall Jenner’s waterline, upper lashline, and eyelid for an instantly artsy effect.


Issa Rae

If you look closely, you’ll see that makeup artist Joanna Simkin dusted green above and below her crease — a fresh, whimsical approach that perfectly complemented Rae’s citrus, floral dress.

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Mila Kunis

Make an all-black outfit stand out with a shock of emerald on the eyes, like Mila Kunis did for her recent The Tonight Show appearance.

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Lala Anthony

Makeup artist Rokael Lizama swept the shade “Exotic” from the Natasha Denona Tropic Eyeshadow Palette onto Lala Anthony’s lids to achieve that ” dinero green,” as he calls it. “When going for a bold green eyeshadow look, go for emerald hues rather than yellow tones,” suggests Lizama. “Emerald is more regal. Pair it with gold accessories, [and] it can be the perfect statement for a night out.”

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Lucy Hale

When dreaming up Hale’s makeup for the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, Deenihan took inspiration from a magenta eyeshadow look she recently did on the actress. “We thought blue was a little too funky for the occasion,” she tells Refinery29. “So, we decided green was a happy medium of keeping the look bold. There was green in the pattern on Lucy’s dress, so we went there with it.”

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Cynthia Erivo

For this look, Simkin painted Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow in Onyx over Erivo’s lids and tapped Natasha Denona’s Chroma Crystal Top Coat over it for a glittery effect. And don’t be afraid to reach for the dark lipstick; Erivo proves that you can slay the green eyeshadow look with a deep berry lip, too.

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Olivia Holt

Want a more subtle take on the trend? Layer black liner over your top and bottom lash lines to give your eyes more depth while also toning down the green color. Bonus points if you match it perfectly to your emerald gown, like Holt.

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Damaris Lewis

Makeup artist Lindsey Williams lined Lewis’ eyes with shimmery green eyeshadow from Cozzette Beauty to give the model’s neutral makeup look a colorful twist.

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Morena Baccarin

“Turns out, when you’re fully bedazzled, all you need for your #makeupmonday look is a bold green eye,” captioned the Deadpool actress of her look by Matin Maulawizada.

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Rita Ora

Ora matched her all-green leopard ensemble (dress, stockings, and heels) with touches of glitter eyeshadow in the same shade for her performance at the VMA Kickoff Concert in August. Because if you’re going to go bold with your look, why not go all in?

Margaux Alexandra

The shade of envy has made its way from red carpets to photoshoots, as seen on the model for an upcoming campaign.


Kaia Gerber

It’s unlikely that we’d ever wear — or even get our hands on — green Swarovski crystals, but that doesn’t mean we’re not totally inspired by this divine emerald look by Pat McGrath from the Valentino runway.

Emma Stone

This hard-to-love chartreuse color was the perfect match for Stone’s blooming hair accessories.

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