Olive Green Smoke

Olive Green Smoke 2

Olive Green Smoke 1

This look uses greens and browns to create a fun, yet still wearable, alternative to the traditional grey and black smokey eye.

Here’s how to re-create this look:

Click here to read my article ‘Parts of the Eye’ for help on where to place eyeshadow colours.


Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original (clear)
Crease: MAC Bottle Green eyeshadow (dark matte bottle green)
Blend Out Crease: MAC Cork eyeshadow (medium matte neutral brown)
Lid: MAC Greensmoke eyeshadow (medium sparkly silver-olive green)
Outer v: MAC Embark eyeshadow (deep matte dark brown)
Highlight: MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow (light shimmery cream-gold)
Lower Lashline: MAC Greensmoke eyeshadow (medium sparkly silver-olive green)


1. Apply Primer Potion over the lid as a base.

2.  Apply Bottle Green in the crease of the eye with a crease/blender brush using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217).

3. Apply Cork in the crease (just above where you placed Bottle Green) to blend out any harsh edges.  This stage is particularly helpful when creating smokey eyes, as it helps darker shades to blend out more evenly.  Using a neutral brown helps to create a smooth transition between the crease and the highlight shade.  This technique is also useful if you find it difficult to blend lid, crease and highlight shades together.

4. Pat Greensmoke onto the lid, using a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239).  Applying the lid colour after the crease colours ‘spotlights’ the lid a little more.  It can also be easier to blend eyeshadow when the lid colour is applied after the crease shades.

5. Concentrate Embark eyeshadow on the very tip of your crease/blender brush (e.g. 217) and apply this to the outer v of the eye.  Applying a dark brown shade to this area creates some contrast to the green shades.

6.  Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Ricepaper on to the browbone to highlight. Take this down into the inner corner as well to brighten the eye.

7. Take an angled eye liner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply Greensmoke along the lower lashline.

8. Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

One more picture of the finished look:

Olive Green Smoke 3

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