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Green eyeliner tried and tested: Is it worth getting green-eyed over?

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Trend on Trial is a series in which Stylist’s beauty team puts the latest hair and make-up looks to the test.

Vivid green eye make-up takes guts to wear, but it’s fast becoming the most versatile trend this season. Why? Most iterations of the colour suit so many eye shapes and skin colours, plus it’s a surefire way to make eyes the first thing you and everyone else notices. The team try Cividini’s SS19 emerald take, but soon learn that it doesn’t tick all the boxes… 

Hanna Ibraheem, Stylist’s beauty writer says:

Trend on trial green eyeliner
Trend on trial green eyeliner

I love the idea of trying different colours on my eyes, but for some reason I always revert back to boring blacks, browns and beiges. When I started circling my eyes with an emerald green liner, I realised this was the perfect shade to help me step out of my comfort zone. It was dark enough to not look too ‘out there’ but gave a nice flash of colour against my dark brown eyes. It’s a big (green) tick from me.  

Shannon Peter, Stylist’s beauty director says: 

Trend on trial green eyeliner
Trend on trial green eyeliner

I’m no stranger to wearing colour around my eyes, and green (Glossier Play’s Colorslide pencil in Stable Relationship to be precise) is undoubtedly one of my most-worn shades. But something about Cividini’s look just didn’t translate on my face. Maybe it was because I had to layer three different shades to get anywhere near the vibrancy of the pigment they used backstage, or maybe it was because I haven’t worn eyeliner on my waterline for approximately 15 years. Either way, it was too harsh and too laborious. I’m out. 

Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s junior beauty writer says: 

Trend on trial green eyeliner
Trend on trial green eyeliner

My first ever eyeshadow and eyeliner were both forest green (it’s clearly a favourite among brown-eyed girls), but I haven’t returned to any iteration of the shade on my eyes since then. While this look definitely brought attention to my eyes, they didn’t exactly enjoy having green scribbled into every nook, cranny and lashline. The fact that I was rubbing moss-hued sleep from my eyes the next morning makes this a solid no from me. 

Verdict

We are all about the green, but with a few terms and conditions: must be easy to apply, must be easy to remove and must not look overdone. Sure, the bold emerald rings around the eyes at Cividini are a striking update on coloured liner, but the runway doesn’t quite reveal the reality of wearing so much of a hit-or-miss shade. Less is definitely more. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Electric Empire     

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Electric Empire
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Electric Empire

Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in Landscape Green

Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in Landscape Green
Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in Landscape Green

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in Emerald Green

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in Emerald Green
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in Emerald Green

Dior Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Matte Pop Green

Dior Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Matte Pop Green, £27.50
Dior Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Matte Pop Green, £27.50

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