Colour of the Year

Pantone Colour of the Year– Emerald

In case you haven’t heard, the powers that be at Pantone have declared Emerald as the colour for 2013. It seems like an awful lot of pressure for one little colour if you ask me–but you didn’t… so moving on.

You’ll probably be seeing Emerald everything for the next couple of months , if not longer, and while I’m more of a forest green kinda girl, I’ll probably be adding a few emerald touches to my beauty wardrobe.

How? Well come now, be sensible. Green blush isn’t likely to become a cult classic, and green lipstick probably won’t appeal to everyone (but to each their own I suppose), so the most logical place for this jewel tone is eyes and nails.

Wizard of Eyes

I’m not known for wild eye make-up looks, but I do love a good punch of colour now and then–especially green as it brings out the green in my eyes.

Full On

Emerald Eye

Image Source: Temptalia

If you want to green up from lashline to brow, check out this easy tutorial from Temptalia.

A Splash of Colour

Kerry Washington Green Eyes

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A wash of colour over the lid provides just the right amount of  green without being too dramatic. You can use a powder shadow like Obsessive Compulsive’s  Loose Colour Concentrate (one of my new favourite brands) in Chlorophyll. Or try a creme shadow like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream in Emerald Green.

Smoke Show

Try swapping out your traditional neutrals  for an emerald smokey eye.

Beauty Etc. Emerald Smokey Eye

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Get In Line

A subtle way to wear the colour of the year? Wear it as a liner! Thick or thin, top, bottom or both lash-lines–it’s up to you! I love using forest green for this.

This look can be created using an eye pencil–I can’t live without Make Up For Ever‘s  Aqua Eyes Eyliner.

MUFE Aqua Eyes Eye Liner

Or try an eye shadow with an angled liner brush.

MUFE Eye ShadowSephora Angled Brush

Another MUFE Aqua Shadow Pencil is currently at the top of my beauty shopping list.

Make Up For Ever Dark Green Aqua Shadow Pencil

Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Pencil in Matte Green

Paint the town…green?

Green nails, why how very Sally Bowles of you!* I might have to take a true emerald green out for a spin like this one from Illamasqua.

Illamasqua Emerald Green

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Elope

But my current favourite colour is this gorgeous dark green that I found in the fall (so ahead of the game) from Boots No.7.

Boots No.7 Perfect Nail Colour - Totally Teal

Boots No.7 Perfect Nail Colour in Totally Teal

*For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s a serious theatre geek reference from Christopher Isherwood’s ‘Goodbye to Berlin’,  upon which the musical Cabaret was loosely based. In the book the british Cabaret singer Sally Bowles  often sports green polish on her nails. So now you know.


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