It’s a common beauty misconception that smoky-eyed looks must be achieved by using dark, nearly black shades. On the contrary, ladies like Keri Hilson, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Yaya DaCosta show you that an equally sultry look can result from using an olive eyeshadow. Olive is a universally flattering shade that works great for most complexions and eye colors. Furthermore, its subtle enough to be worn from day to night, without you looking overly made up. Follow these steps to get your smoky olive eye:

  • Apply your green shadow of choice to the lid and under your lower lash line. Use a medium-sized fluffy brush to blend and gradually fade the product out towards the crease.
  • Highlight your brow bone with a cream shadow that has a hint of gold to it. The highlight should be subtle and faint.
  • A crease color for a look like this is optional. But as you can see in the pic of Keri, a muted brown shade complements the look nicely without taking away from the green. If you choose, use the same fluffy brush to apply a deep brown into the crease, creating depth and warmth.
  • Complete the look with a black kohl liner on your lower water line, your blackest black mascara, and your fave nude lipgloss!

This look can be achieved at any pricepoint:


NYX Cosmetics: Mermaid Green (101), White Pearl (27), Dark Brown (06), $4.00


MAC: Humid, Ricepaper, Espresso, $14.50, MAC Cosmetics


GUERLAIN: Bronze Dore (481) $59 for complete Palette, Sephora

– Chelsea Smith

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  • Gigi Young

    I am definitely bookmarking this tip!

  • Hi,
    Thank you for this article, except the reference to Guerlain products.
    You may dont know it, but the African and Carribean community in France are boycotting Guerlain for racist words held on the French television by Mr Guerlain, Founder of the House : “I’ve been working like a N, if a N has ever worked”. For more information, check on CNN

  • Cali

    I wear olive green on my eyes a lot, it’s my favorite liner & shadow – good one!

  • I’m big on Olive green.

    @Bellebene Thank you for the info. I will NOT be using their products again.

  • This look is HOT!