Emerald at Dusk











For this look, I used teal and green eyeshadows to create a fun, colourful spin on the traditional smokey eye.  I really like how teal and green eyeshadows look together.  

Tip: You could add a little lemon yellow eyeshadow in the very inner corners if you want to add even more colourful brightness to the eyes.  Black or deep teal liner along the upper and lower lashline would also add some extra smokiness to the look.

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: MAC Painterly Paint Pot (neutral light beige)
Lid: MAC Emerald Dusk Pigment (deep shimmery emerald-teal)
Crease: MAC Kelly eyeshadow (matte medium bright true green)
Outer Lid: MAC Plumage eyeshadow (matte deep dark teal)
Highlight: MAC Brule eyeshadow (light matte beige)
Inner Corners: MAC Lucky Green eyeshadow (medium shimmery yellow-lime green)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)


1. Apply Painterly all over the lid as a base. You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242).  I used a paint pot in this look, as the slightly tackier texture helps grip loose pigment eyeshadows.

2. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. flat shader end of Bare Minerals Precision Eye Brush) and pat Emerald Dusk on to the lid.  Blend the colour up very slightly into the crease.  I used this particular brush as I find it holds on to loose eyeshadows effectively.

3. Sweep Kelly into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217).  Use the brush to very lightly blend out the edges of Emerald Dusk so that the lid colour blends into the crease shade.

4. Take a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) and apply Plumage to the outer lid.  This step adds a little extra smokiness to the eyes.  I used a crease/blender brush, rather than a flat shader brush, for this step as I wanted a softer, smokier effect in the outer lid.

5. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Brule on to the browbone to highlight and blend out the edges of the crease colour.  Using a matte highlighter shade helps to ‘clean up’ and freshen the eye when using such bold shades on the lid.

6. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. flat shader end of Bare Minerals Precision Eye Brush) and pat a little of Lucky Green in the inner corners of the eye.  This step adds a little extra brightness to the eyes.

7. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and lightly apply Emerald Dusk along the middle-outer lower lashline.  Take the same brush and apply Lucky Green to the middle-inner lower lashline.

8. Apply plenty of black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.  Black mascara really helps to frame the eye when using such colourful eyeshadows.

Here is one one more picture of the finished look:







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