FOTD: A Pop of Green for St Patrick’s Day

I haven’t done a look like this before, but I had to try it after Rae’s look inspired me. I thought this is something different for Spring and also, it’s St Patrick’s Day. Green is a must. To make the green really pop, I used purple, a complementary colour. This technique can be used for different colours. Just mix and match to your heart’s content! The pictures are best viewed if your computer’s brightness is set to the highest. You’ll be able to see the colours in its full glory 🙂

 

 

  1. Prime eyes and apply a purple base all over the lid. Here, I used Urban Decay primer potion as a base (oily lids alert) and Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Illusoire over it.
  2. Apply a purple eyeshadow at the inner and outer corner of the eyes. Leave the lid area above your iris untouched. I chose something that has hints of taupe. I didn’t want this purple to overpower the green. I used Chanel eyeshadow in Fauve.
  3. Now, pat a bright green at the centre of the lid. I used L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Sage (green) first and topped another shimmery green over it, from the Dior 3 Couleurs Smokey Eye Palette in Smokey Garden. The purple base and this green eyeshadow combination makes the colour look brighter with hints of aqua which is surprisingly striking.
  4. With the purple eyeshadow used earlier, smudge lower lashlines.
  5. With a blending brush, blend out harsh edges at the crease area. You’d notice that I kept the colours within the socket, because I only want a hint of colour when my eyes are open, and when I blink, you’ll see that brighter aqua green playing peekaboo.
  6. I did not use a liner to keep the look soft, but don’t let me stop you. Be generous with your mascara (top and bottom lashes), but remember to curl your lashes. Makes a lot of difference. I also used a mascara base here, for extra volume and length. If you prefer false lashes, wispy ones would go well with this look.

 

 

I kept the rest of my face natural, with peachy cheeks and nude lips. I used Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral and Lunasol lipstick in #36 (sorry, limited edition). I also highlighted the top of my cheeks with Guerlain Cruel Gardenia. If you have a cooler skin tone, I’d suggest soft pink cheeks and natural rosy lips. Nothing overpowering.

I hope you liked today’s look and you’ll give it a try. I’m always interested to know how your version look, so please let me know! Thanks for reading 🙂

 

xoxo Lily