12 Cool Ways to Wear Green Makeup on St. Patrick’s Day

How to Wear Green Makeup

Bold makeup looks have never been more popular on the runway. And luckily for the St. Patrick’s Day set, the color green dominated this season from New York Fashion Week to Paris. Models at the Prabal Gurung show during New York Fashion Week rocked jade green ultra sleek cat eyes, while at the Maison Margiela show, makeup artist Pat McGrath transformed models using all shades of vibrant green along the eye and throughout the eyebrows. Whether it’s a simple swipe of shadow on the lid or an adventurous cat eye, go bold with color this season. Prepare to turn green with envy over these archival shots from the W archives and get inspired now.


A cool green cat eye looks chic when paired with a nude lip, bold brow, and a clip on nose ring.

The Bold New Eye” photographed by François Nars, art direction by Giovanni Bianco; W Magazine August 2013.


Green nail polish is easy — but don’t be afraid to experiment with a new color.

A Big Does of Color” photographed by Platon, styled by Jane Larkworthy and Patrick Mackie; W Magazine April 2012.


If you’re feeling bold, take a page out of Pat McGrath’s book and go full green — from your hair to lips.

Dream Girls” photographed by Ben Hassett, styled by Panos Yiapanis; W Magazine June 2014.


A soft green nail polish looks chic and understated when paired with an all black ensemble.

The East Enders” photographed by Tim Walker; W Magazine September 2010.


A hint of green glittery eyeshadow provides a playful pop of color, that doesn’t scream “Kiss me, I’m Irish!”

American Dreamin’” photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, styled by Alex White; W Magazine December 2008.


If you’re feeling daring, go for a big, bold swipe of green eyeshadow across your lids, and wear a color-blocked ensemble.

Against Nature” photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Alex White; W Magazine March 2011.


Put green eyeshadow both above and below your eye for a soft, smoky look.

Electric Company” photographed by Richard Burbridge, styled by Vanessa Chow; W Magazine June 2014.


Channel the ’70s with lots of deep green eyeshadow, paired with wild curls.

Remodeling the 70s” photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, styled by Alex White; W Magazine March 2011.


A hint of green in your hair is a playful touch.

Oh, You Pretty Things” photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Giovanna Battaglia; W Magazine March 2012.



Babes in Toyland” photographed by Tim Walker, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine April 2014.


Soft green eyeshadow paired with an almost nude pink lip feels fresh for spring.

Polka Dots” Photographed by Nicholas Ong, Styled by Caroline Grosso., February 2017


But why not go all out, and incorporate green makeup into an overall extreme look.

Rave New World” Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, Styled by Panos Yiapanis. W Magazine, March 2013