This week we are taking it easy and just showing one of our favorite eye shadow looks. I was feeling rather festive and decided to work on a holiday look. I thought about mixing green and red, but it just became too much. I ended up just sticking with green. I really don’t want to be looking like a clown.

So here is what I’ll be wearing on my eyes this Christmas for my annual brunch.

Bright green smoky eyes for the holidays

To get the look, you’ll need the following:

  • green eyeshadow: I used Conquer by Illamasqua – I think it’s been discontinued, as it’s not on their site
  • a complimentary brown: I used a 3D shadow by OFRA called Diamond Glitz which is brown with a green shift
  • black eyeshadow (matte): I used the black from my Maybelline Nudes palette
  • gold eyeshadow: I used the truest gold from my Maybelline Nudes palette
  • highlighter: I used the white shade of the e.l.f. Shimmer Palette
  • black liquid eyeliner: I used the Sephora Colletion Smart Liner
  • black kohl eyeliner (for smudging): I used the L’Oreal Voluminous Smouldering Eyeliner
  • mascara: I used Too Faced Size Queen
  • eye primer: I used NYX Eyeshadow Base in White. When you’re doing really bright eyes, the white helps keep your color true and bright.
  • false lashes: I wish I could tell you who made these, but I don’t remember where they came from and they were only on the white plastic just hanging out in my lash box
  • eyelash curler: my favorite and the only one I ever use is by Kevyn Aucoin
  • Brushes: a medium fluffy shading brush, a smudge brush (short and stiff) a soft dome brush for working in the crease, a more stiff dome brush for the black eyeshadow, and an angle brush for the gold. Special shoutout to Make Up For Ever’s Silicone Applicator for working with loose shadows/pigment and to Tweezerman’s Shader Brush for working so well blending)

Obviously you don’t need all of these, or these brands. You’re looking for a bright green, one more shadow to offset the vibrance of the green, liquid liner if you want a flick on your upper lash line as well as lining above the lashes for a more natural look, a smudgy black liner for the bottom, and some false lashes if that’s your thing. Don’t get too caught up in the specific products I used. Use what you have on hand.

Let’s get started!

  1. Apply your eyeshadow base/primer to the entire lid and up through the crease
  2. Pat on your vibrant green. Make sure it is even from the inside corner of your lid up through the crease
  3. Above the crease, shade in a medium-thick line of your brown-green. It should follow the line of the crease makeup all the way to the inner corner of the eye
  4. Blend these two together very well. Add more if you need more color, but make sure you blend each time
  5. Using an angle brush, create a thin line of gold above the brown-green. Do this after the majority of your blending is done, or else it will get blended right out
  6. Moving down to the lower lash line, using a kohl eyeliner, line your waterline and a thin line right on your lash line
  7. Smudge this with a stiff smudge brush
  8. Using a wet angle brush (or an eyeliner brush, whatever), draw a line of green right below the black liner and blend
  9. Underneath this, with as small of a line as you can manage, draw a line of gold – I was thinking that a cream pigment/makeup in gold would work really well here, but I just used shadow
  10. Apply false lashes to the top lash line
  11. Using your liquid liner, line from the lash to the inner corner of your eye, making it even
  12. On the outer corner of the eye, line from the lashes to the end of your eye, or create a cat-eye flick
  13. Curl lashes (all of them) with eyelash curler
  14. Apply mascara to upper lashes to blend them into each other
  15. Apply mascara to the bottom lashes with the tip of the mascara wand, brush out any clumps

This will be the open eye:

Green Eyeshadow Look Tutorial

Eyes wide open

And this will be the closed eye:

Green Eyeshadow Look Tutorial

Eyes closed

Be sure to keep an eye out for my New Year’s Eve look coming out next week! Glitz and glam will be the name of the game. But while you wait, be sure to check out what my fellow bloggers are working on this week:

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