Thursday, March 14, 2013

3 tips for Emerald Eyes : How-to

Chances are, you've heard that emerald green in Pantone's color of the year. However, I doubt that everyone who reads this blog knows that starting last year, Sephora releases a line of cosmetics that follows Pantone's color trends. Last year it was Tangerine Tango and this year it's Emerald Green. While tangerine was a fairly easy color to work into all facets of your makeup, green is much harder. You can obviously wear your makeup however you please, but it's not an every day occurrence to see someone with green lipstick or blush. Keep reading to see three ways to work this emerald liner into an everyday look.

As per usual, let's get the "tools" out of the way.
1) Maybelline Color Tatto Metal in Barely Branded - to use as a base
2) Lime Crime Magical Dust in Nymph - this product is actually discontinued, so I also recommend...
3) Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm - this is incredibly similar to the aforementioned eye shadow
4) Sephora Pantone Color of the Year Emerald eyeliner 
5) Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!
6) Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid liner 

I'm showing this "before" picture to show you how I did my face makeup. I did a normal routine for foundation, but I kept my lips and cheeks warm. The green tone from the liner is fairly cool, so I wanted to make sure that everything else was warm to counteract. This same idea can be used when using blue eye shadow if you don't want to look like you're stepping out of the 80s.

I used Barely Branded as my base since my eye shadow was going to be a goldy-white color and this gel shadow is a warm beige.

I used Nymph from Lime Crime as my shadow. It looks white in the container, but when you apply it, it becomes a sheer gold. It's an amazing shadow and I'm really sad that Lime Crime discontinued their loose shadows. Regardless, Mary-Lou Manizer is extremely similar, but a touch more beige instead of white since it's meant to be a highlighter. Both work well for this look though!

All three ideas of how to use emerald in your eye look are fairly simple, but this is the easiest. I've shown this same idea with teal shadow; just a swipe of color. This look is extremely easy and it just gives a little pop of color to your face. 

I added a coat of mascara and this is look one. My eyes are somewhere between gray and green, but when I wear green on my eyes like this, they tend to lean toward gray. If you have very green eyes, I highly suggest the next version of this.

And this is version 2. If you're uncomfortable without black liner or just don't like how it looks to have the color with no depth, just add a swipe of black liner. I added the black liner on top of the green and then extended the green liner upward just a tad to make sure that it was still visible.

And the last suggestion for how to use this green liner; apply it to your lashes. You can do this with any colored liner for a little pop! I painted the liner onto my bottom lashes for a more subtle effect, but if you want to go all out, paint it on the top as well. This look is very subtle if you only do it on your bottom lashes and is really meant to be seen up close.

As you can see, you can barely see the green on my bottom lashes and it's not like this is a very far distance

So there you go, three ways to rock that emerald liner. What do you guys think, itching to try any of these?

(all photos by Allison Richardson Photography and not available for use without permission)

1 comment:

  1. thanks for this! Have been wondering how to rock this eyeliner!