Makeup Tips for Green Eyes

You, my friend, are a real rarity. Green eyes are the least common in the world, so if you’ve got ’em, you already stand out in a crowd. But these makeup tips for green eyes will make you stand out even if you’re standing in the middle of a St. Paddy’s Day parade.

For starters, when picking colors for green eye makeup, use purples for the best effect. “Think of what opposes green on an artist’s color wheel: eggplants, blackened plums, pinks, heliotrope [that’s lavender for us non-artists] and dark grays,” says MAC Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt, whose done makeup for a ton of celebs including emerald-eyed burlesque goddess Dita Von Teese.

Despite how rare those emerald peepers are, narrowing down the best green eyes in Hollywood wasn’t easy: There’s Dita, Lindsay Lohan, Katie Holmes, Aishwarya Rai, Ashley Olsen, Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Fergie, Drew Barrymore, the list goes on. (We deliberated Charlize Theron but ultimately decided she was turquoise blue — sorry ladies.) Somehow we managed to isolate four gorgeous, kitten-like gazes worth copying.

Check out our favorite celebrity makeup looks for green eyes in the gallery, along with tips on how to get them. And while you’re at it, listen up for our two personal notes on what not to do (although we do like to keep in the spirit of “there are no rules in makeup” because really, who needs more rules?):

1. Avoid red eyeliners and shadows. Warm browns, burgundies and muted pinky-purples like violet and mauve are OK but don’t go too crimson … unless you’re planning to work a runway — or a Christmas pageant.

2. Use the black smoky eye sparingly. We can’t tell you how many green-eyed women we know recoiled in horror after getting a heavy dose. Don’t believe us? Check out the last slide in this celebrity style gallery, you’ll see what we mean (way scary).

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