A few weeks ago I walked into the office and Hayley said to me, “Wait, what’s going on with your makeup? It looks so good!” Green eye shadow, people.
I’m not talking about the Pantone color of the year, emerald. No, this is green’s browner yet more versatile and chic-er (sorry Leah and Britt) big sister, khaki green. I was first introduced to the color at a CoverGirl summer beauty event a few weeks ago, at which a makeup artist steered me towards the Flamed Out Shadow Pencil #335, a gold-flecked khaki. I consented warily, and she applied it liberally to my lids and lower lash line; I received multiple compliments the whole rest of the day. Then Stila’s new Stay All Day Eye Shadow Trio in Safari (which is what I was wearing when Hayley noticed) crossed my desk, and that pretty much cemented in my mind that khaki green shadow was awesome. But now I can officially declare it a trend, because Chanel’s new eye shadow quad for fall, called Mystere, is khaki quadrupled. It includes two green khakis and two more classic neutral beige tones. If Chanel tells you to wear it, you wear it, right?
The good news is that khaki green is wearable and looks good on pretty much everyone. (I have blue eyes, for the record.) The key is looking for a khaki green that has a bit of gold fleck in it–the three I mentioned above all do. “A lot of us have amber or golden flecks–different colors within our [primary] eye color,” Sarah Lucero, Stila’s celebrity makeup artist told me. “The gold fleck [in the shadow] pulls out and plays with your eye color. Khaki is still soft, it still defines, it’s still in the neutral category, but you’re kind of branching out into ‘color.’”
The easiest way to wear it is as a wash of color across the lid. Or you can take it bolder by using a creamy formula. Stila’s version is specially made to be worn wet or dry. Lucero recommends wetting your brush and applying that bolder color right along your lash line. Want to go night time smokey? Mix it with some darker chocolate brown and smudge away, being sure to apply some around the lower lash line, too.
Going green has never been easier.