Some women avoid wearing green, fearing that it won’t go well with their skin tone, or thinking that perhaps it is too bold a shade.
Shiseido artistic creative director Dick Page puts all that to rest by using the same glittering green Shiseido eye shadow on four models with different skin tones.
Eye Makeup First
According to page, when using bold eye shadow shades, apply eye makeup first. "Bright color against a fully finished face can look overwhelming. You might find that after you do your eyes, you don’t need anything more than tinted moisturizer on the rest of the face."
Dark Skin Tone
"I call this shade kombu, because it’s a dark seaweed green with a bit of blue, gold, and even silver to it," says Page. On darker, warmer skin tones, the green eye shadow appears more like blue. Page used a damp brush to apply the shadow on the lash line and blended it until the shadow dried and diffused. Page finished the look with Rimmel London Mousse Bronzer in Medium Glow, Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara in Very Black, and Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Stick in Caramel Kiss.
Page says that on lighter, pinkish skin tones, the shadow appears almost black. When he applied the eye shadow, Page followed the natural contour of the eyes and extended it a little on the outside into a cat eye. He added a little highlight on the inner corners of the eyes to add a bit more intensity to the color. Page completed the look using Cheeky Pommette Mark Just Pinched blush, Hot Pink Sonia Kashuk lip crayon, and Cream Wet n Wild MegaEyes shadow.
Asian or Yellow-Based Skin Tones
"Yellow-based skin tones bring out the gold in the green," says Page. On Asian lids, Page says, you have to draw a thicker shadow line so that the color will be visible when the eye is open. "I traced around the kombu tone with a lighter, grassy shade to make it look more vibrant," adds Page. He capped the look off with Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush in Soft Ginger, Garden Mist Milani Eye shadow, and Almay Pure Blends Lipgloss in Natural.
Tan or Tawny Skin Tones
"Darker skin absorbs color, so you can use brighter shades," says Page. He used a matte yellow shadow and swept it across the eyelid. On tawny skin with red undertone, the yellow shade serves as a highlighter and offsets the green shadows pearly shimmer. Page finished the look with L’Oréal Paris HIP Matte Shadow Duo in Striking, and Cozy Coral Revlon Color Stay Lipcolor.
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