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Try this look now: green eyeshadow

Published Apr. 11, 2014

Confession #1: I've always been a little in awe of women who rock really bold eye makeup.

Confession #2: I'm almost always not that girl.

Are you thinking yet, Well then why am I staring at a picture of you with green eye shadow? Settle down, I'm getting there.

Truth is, it was kind of a fluke. As in, I really had little to do with it.

It began when I sat my butt at the Clinique makeup counter at Countryside Mall's Macy's, where the Divas hosted a fashion show. (More on that here.)

I was curious what they would do to me. I had nothing on my face and was clutching a bright orange dress, which I was planning to wear to the show. I didn't know it yet, but I'd gotten lucky and snagged the best makeup artists that day, 25-year-old Jessica Hoge of Clearwater.

Hoge looked at me and asked one thing: "How do you feel about green?"

I just shrugged. (I hadn't had coffee yet.)

My ambivalent acceptance was soon swamped by an unexpected enthusiasm when Hoge showed me the finished look. WHY DIDN'T I DO THIS SOONER?

I was so in love with that I may have gone back after the fashion show to buy the eye shadow myself... and some new foundation... and OK, maybe some new lipstick, too...

Then I spent a couple hours surfing the net, trying to find other examples and ideas. There are plenty out there, and even a few good articles on how to match the right green to your skin tone. It's a fun way to liven up a look, and fits perfectly with the other trends this spring.

Just remember to be aware of how a green will interact with your skin's undertone. In general, if you have light skin, you may want a cooler green (think celery or moss). If you have a darker tone, you may want to go brighter or deeper (think evergreens). Still need some inspiration? See how the celebs do it.

Moral of the story: This spring, go green.