It’s not easy being green with these gorgeous looks.

By Hana Hong and Katie Holdefehr
Updated March 01, 2021
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Yes, I know exactly what you're thinking. The idea of doing your makeup specifically for Saint Patrick's Day sounds downright corny. But hear me out: I'm not talking about stamping temporary shamrock tattoos on your lids or painting your entire face lime green. In fact, Saint Patrick's Day makeup doesn't have to be over-the-top at all—subtle (yet pretty) green eye makeup and just a bit of sparkle will make it look like you tried just enough without being too extra. When going green, the trick is to choose one element and play it up while keeping the rest of your face minimal. Go for green eyeliner and pair it with a more subtle lip color. Or add a temporary tint to your hair, but leave your makeup natural. Not only are the seven products below perfectly on-theme, they're also easy to integrate into your everyday makeup routine whenever you're feeling ~graphic~.

St. Patrick's Day Makeup, Mega Greens Galaxy Pack
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Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack


All festive looks start with a good base. Before you go wild with green eyeliner and glitter, start with an on-theme face mask designed to cleanse your skin of impurities. 

st-patricks-day-makeup-Lime Crime Venus XL 2 Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette

Lime Crime Venus XL 2 Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette


Green eyeshadow is a tricky beast to pull off, but this earthy palette makes it look wearable. The buttery-smooth formulas come in gorgeous hues of muted green mattes and iridescent metallics for your lids, along with versatile brown shades that will blend seamlessly into your crease. 

st-patricks-day-makeup-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Freak

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Freak


An ordinary cat eye magically transforms into a St. Patrick's Day look with the help of this creamy green eyeliner. Also, adding a swipe of green eyeliner to your lids must bring you good luck, right?

st-patricks-day-makeup-L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Deep Green

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Deep Green 


A fun twist on the classic black version of Voluminous Original Mascara from L'Orèal Paris, this version coats your lashes with a flattering deep green hue. A major plus of colored mascaras? You'll notice that the bright shade counteracts the redness of your eyes to make them look brighter and whiter.

St. Patrick's Day Makeup, Essie Off Tropic green nail polish
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Essie Off Tropic


For an easy St. Patrick's Day manicure that won't require a trip to the salon, buy a bottle of this dark emerald green polish. It's perfect for March 17—but also versatile enough to wear any day of the year. 

st-patricks-day-makeup-Dashing Diva Here to Paddy Gel Nail Strips

Dashing Diva Here to Paddy Gel Nail Strips


More of a strip nail sort of gal? If your nail polish also doesn’t last longer than a couple days (I feel ya), opt for these gel nails strips from Dashing Diva. With a rich green base, shamrock patterns, and gold glitter accents, not only is it festive, it’ll also last you for weeks so you can get into the Irish holiday spirit in advance and extend it through March.

St. Patrick's Day Makeup, Maybelline Matte Metallics Lipstick, in Serpentine
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Maybelline Matte Metallics Lipstick in Serpentine


Green lipstick is a bold choice—but if there's one day anyone can pull it off, it's St. Patrick's Day. This lip color makes a dramatic statement all on its own, so you won't have to invest in multiple products. 

St. Patrick's Day Makeup, Unicorn Hair Color, in green
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Lime Crime Temporary Unicorn Hair Dye in Emerald Green


This hair dye temporarily transforms your hair into a vibrant shade of emerald green, making it perfect for when you want a hint of color on the weekend that will start to fade by the time you head back to work on Monday. In addition to the saturated pigment, the sublime (see what we did there?) formula actually leaves your hair feeling softer (it’s made with ammonia, bleach or peroxide) and smelling delicious.