Emerald Green: How to Wear Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year

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So long tangerine tango! It’s been a good run, but as with anything, your reign as top color has come to an end. That’s because 2013 is the year to go green, emerald green that is. As luck would have it, this bold shade of green is an amazing color to incorporate into your look.

“It is such a great universal shade that works on many different people, in many different ways,” says glo minerals makeup artist Kate McCarthy. “Emerald really looks best on anyone. It’s the type of color that reads beautifully on both warm and cool undertones. If you are on the cooler side, look for greens with a blue undertone. If you are on the warm side, look for emeralds with more of a yellow/golden undertone.”

“It will look good on everyone,” says celebrity makeup artist Lusine Galadjian. “But you need to use it strategically on different types of skin, eye and hair color.” If you have light skin and blue or green eyes, use it as a liner. For brown eyes, go for a smoky eye look. And for medium or dark skin, use the color in a smoky eye and dab it on the inner corners of the eye to make them pop.

To create an emerald smoky eye, start with a brown cream eyeliner as a base and then quickly blend in an emerald eyeshadow out onto your eyelid. Or simply apply an emerald liner around your eyes to create fun definition. McCarthy loves to use the “forest fantasy” eye shadow shade from the glo minerals Majestic Jungle Collection ($80). You can even use this color to give your eyelashes an added kick. “Tap some of the color at the ends of your lashes as you apply your mascara,” says Galadjian.

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