Forget turning green with envy. This coming year, it’s all about looking luxe by wearing emerald green.
Printing authority Pantone just announced that the vivid shade is the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year. According to Pantone, emerald green “is the color of growth, renewal and prosperity—no other color conveys regeneration more than green.”
Ready to be renewed? Here’s how to incorporate the flattering hue into your closet and makeup bag this season.
Green Light Your Face
“I prefer emerald green close to the face to exude glamour—silky emerald blouses and jewelry are my favorite way to wear this trend,” says designer Ashley Turen of A. Turen, a label known for its rocker-meets-feminine aesthetic. This statement necklace drapes elegantly over the décolletage, while the emerald studs enliven any skintone.
An elegantly draped silk blouse keeps things vibrant yet polished. Case in point: Lily Pulitzer’s jewel-toned rendition. “Emerald is such a striking color that it gives you instant exotic appeal,” says Turen.
The Emerald Eyelids
Brighter is better when it comes to emerald eyeshadow, notes celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor. “Be sure to buy a richly pigmented product, and apply an eye primer before using it or else dull color looks muddy,” he adds. Make Up For Ever’s cream eyeshadow version is graphic, waterproof and won’t budge.
Walk the (Green) Line
Afraid to go green? Don’t be. “It doesn’t matter what your eye color or skintone is, it’s about wearing a pop of fabulous color on your eyes,” explains Sotomayor. “Try a thin metallic or glittery eyeliner along the upper lashline,” he suggests. Stila’s marker-like eyeliner point glides easily along skin for smooth pigment that resists feathering and smudging.
Step Up and Go Green
Emerald shoes should be the highlight of your outfit. “Pair it with brown or black pants with a neutral top and a statement necklace or earrings with a hint of emerald to pull the whole look together,” advises Turen. OKA B’s eco-friendly flats are made with post-recyclable materials that look brand sparkling new.
The Skinny on Emerald
“I would stay far away from anything red when wearing emerald to avoid looking like a Christmas tree!” says Turen. Try pairing green skinny jeans with a nude top and shoes for an approachably casual take on the opulent color.
An Eye-Catching Satchel
The easiest way to be more daring with color when it comes to your wardrobe is to simply carry a satchel in a vibrant hue. Milly’s Jayden vibrant, stylish satchel can be toted by hand or shoulder.
Get a Green Thumb
“Emerald green is one of the most gorgeous jewel tones—wear it when you might otherwise wear a flashy accessory,” advises Sotomayor. A glimmering version like this polish by Sonia Kashuk looks chic on short, crisply-filed nails and functions like jewelry.
See and Be Green
“When wearing green eyeshadow, skip rosy pink lip and cheek colors and use either beige or peach lips,” instructs Sotomayor. “Finish with bronzer or nothing at all on the cheeks.” Chantecaille incorporates an emerald eyeshadow into a palette with complimentary earthy contour colors and a soft pearl shade to highlight. Why green is good: Five percent of each purchase is donated to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a haven for elephants and rhinos.
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