Happy February! The official Pantone Color of the Year for 2013 is…emerald! I absolutely love emerald, and I’ve been pinning all things emerald like crazy on Pinterest for months now. There is something nostalgic about the color that brings back memories of The Wizard of Oz, but it’s also a really fresh, clean, modern color, as well. For this look I am using Laura Mercier’s “Moss” Eyeshadow, and Laura Mercier’s “Antique Jade” Eye Pencil. This is the perfect look for the woman who wants to wear green on her eyes but may be afraid of looking too crazy or teenybopper like. The matte eyeshadow is perfect for a professional environment, and it’s also great for women who are concerned about fine lines around their eye area and don’t want shimmer eyeshadow to highlight those fine lines. Peek inside for a full tutorial and plenty of photographs!
Laura Mercier’s Matte Eyeshadow in “Moss” is really a gorgeous emerald shade that is extremely versatile. I love that it’s matte and not chalky or powdery at all. It has great pigmentation to it and blends beautifully. I specifically wanted to do an all matte eyeshadow look because I know not every woman likes to wear a ton of shimmer on her face. Shimmer tends to settle in and bring out fine lines, so if you’re older and prefer to “wake up” your face, matte is the way to go. I also think that it makes for a much more professional and sophisticated look.
Laura Mercier’s Kohl Eye Pencil in “Antique Jade” is a darkened jade shade with a very subtle brighter green shimmer in it. This is a great option that is different than your traditional black eyeliner.
Above are swatches of the two main products I’m using today to create my matte emerald eyes.
- Apply “Moss,” or any matte emerald green eyeshadow you have in your collection to the entire eyelid, and also swipe this along the lower lash-line.
- Apply a matte, light brown eyeshadow to the crease of your eye to create a soft, natural shadow. This will add dimension to the emerald shade. I used “Buck” from my Urban Decay Naked Palette.
- Apply “Antique Jade” Kohl Eye Pencil to your lower water-line, and use a brush to smudge the eyeliner along your lower lash-line creating a smokey effect with the emerald eyeshadow.
- Apply a gel or liquid black eyeliner to your upper lash-line. I used Physician’s Formula Gel Liner, which is a black with very small flecks of green shimmer in it.
- Curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara. I used L’oreal Voluminous Mascara.
The Finished Look:
Brown and green go so well together, so the effect is soft and matte. The eyeliner helps bring out the color of your eyes that much more. This look will look amazing on absolutely any color eye, especially you brown-eyed makeup lovers!
Overall, this is a look that absolutely anyone can wear, and it flatters both young and older skin. The look is simple and quick to achieve, as well.
How are you finding ways to sneak Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year into your life?
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