How To: Rock Green Eyeshadow

Since it is St. Patty’s day, I would like to write about one of my favorite eyeshadow colors – green. As we all know, green is notorious for making brown eyes pop. It is also an uber versatile color – you can pair it with blue, purple, gold, black and brown plus you can create different looks with different greens. For a sultry look, do a smoky eye with a darker, mossy green. If you just want a hint of color to brighten up your eyes, pick a pastel green. Go with a bright green when you’re in a fun mood. Below are some of my picks that would look *hot* on Asian eyes:

* MAC Emerald Green Pigment
* MAC Chartruese Pigment
* MAC Green Gamin eyeshadow
* MAC Humid eyeshadow
* MAC Sprout eyeshadow
* MAC Swimming eyeshadow
* Stila Kiwi eyeshadow
* Shu Uemura ME Green 555 eyeshadow
* Shu Uemura ME Green 550 eyeshadow
* Urban Decay Mildew eyeshadow
* Jane Twilight Zone eyeshadow
* Milani Clover eyeshadow

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I don’t know if you covered this in any of your entries…but is there any way to cover/improve bags under your eyes? I have a slight bag/wrinkle (I’m 19)…

  2. also, what makeup brushes do you recommend all girls have? there’s so many makeup brushes out there it’s confusing…btw i LOVE your blog!

  3. hi – which order should u put primer, concealer and foundation in? ye cuz everytime i use foundation it kinda looks dry around my nose. thanks a lot!

  4. hi, you should put primer on first – primer is supposed to prep your skin for makeup. some people do concealer first then foundation, but I prefer doing foundation before concealer. I only use concealer if my foundation isn’t enough to cover everything. if you have clear skin, i would suggest skipping foundation and using concealer to cover up redness, zits or undereye circles.

    if your skin looks dry after you have foundation on, make sure you moisturize your skin before you put on makeup. you should also pick a liquid or cream foundation. skip powder entirely or use it only on areas that are prone to get oily.

  5. hi~
    i was wondering, do moisturizers w/ SPF 15-30 have any effect on foundations? do the foundations “melt” or oxidize faster on top of SPF moisturizers?


  6. Sunscreens tend to make your skin more greasy and hence, your foundation might not stay on as well. Another thing about wearing sunscreen under foundation is that it would make you look washed-out in pictures. I will explain this in more details in a later entry.

  7. I recently purchased a bunch of green eyeshadows. I got a Rimmel set of green, as well as golder’s green and green brown from MAC. I was wondering how I should use them properly because I have tried to do a smokey green eye and it looks retarded on me. I am asian with no double lid so it is hard for me to pull of smokey eyes. Please help! It would be a shame to have my new shadows sit and collect dust!

  8. Hey Phyllis!
    I really think you should try out Too Faced duo eyepallettes. The colours are GORGEOUS and they go on super pigmented. I have lucky charms and fantasy island…. the one drawback is that they tend to fade quickly. But that is easily solved with a little bit of eyeshadow primer :)

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