Green isn’t traditionally anyone’s first choice of eyeshadow. It’s the one in the palette that never gets used up. Which means you probably have one hiding in a drawer, just waiting to be rediscovered. And try it you should: because aside from being one of the biggest spring make-up trends, the right green can be an absolute winner. 

Less severe than charcoal, less predictable than brown, it can do the same job as a smoky eye but with just a touch more warmth and personality. (In fact, before there was black eyeliner, there was green eyeliner: the Egyptians used it first, making it out of malachite.) Make-up artists love it too – they often introduce a very dark green into a smoky eye to stop the effect becoming too “deadening” – so you’re likely to find very good versions in make-up artist brands or at places such as Mac, where the pros shop. 

Giorgio Armani SS22
Giorgio Armani SS22 © Imaxtree
Jason Wu, SS22
Jason Wu, SS22 © Imaxtree

This season’s shows gave us a whole spectrum of spring greens to try. They were used lightly, often paired with pastels or florals, and the overall effect was like a breath of fresh air: emerald washes on the eyelids at Giorgio Armani, neon feline flicks at Versace and soft watercolours at Jason Wu

Green is easiest to wear when shot through with a good amount of shimmer, a veil of gold or in murkier khaki shades. And best worn with mascara, a soft peachy blush and almost nothing on the lips.

Get the green light…

Sisley Les Phyto Ombres in Metallic Khaki, £37, selfridges.com
Sisley Les Phyto Ombres in Metallic Khaki, £37, selfridges.com
DIOR Diorshow Mono in Nature, £27.50
DIOR Diorshow Mono in Nature, £27.50
NARS Eyeshadow in Ecstasy, £17, cultbeauty.co.uk
NARS Eyeshadow in Ecstasy, £17, cultbeauty.co.uk
MAC Pressed Eyeshadow in Humid, £16
MAC Pressed Eyeshadow in Humid, £16
Trinny London Eyetallics in Juno, £18
Trinny London Eyetallics in Juno, £18
Shiseido Makeup POP PowderGel Eye Shadow in Zawa-Zawa Green, £23
Shiseido Makeup POP PowderGel Eye Shadow in Zawa-Zawa Green, £23
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