Summer is around the corner, and if you are all revved up to banish the muted colours of wispy winter, we’ve got a gem of an idea. Emerald — the unchallenged king of colour this season must be a part of your boudoir and vanity case. Even though shades of green work best for the eyes (unless you are the no-holds-bar, experimental kind!), there is a lot you can do with some baked eye-shadow and a shimmer stick handy.
Makeup artist Anu Kaushik suggests that when it comes to green, remember that’s it’s an attention seeking (and grabbing) colour, so the rest of the face should be neutral. "Earthy tones for the face are what you should stick to, if you are using a bold green shadow. Two colours might be too jarring, so let the emerald or shades of it do the talking." But, if you are confident about your ability to pull off pop glamour, pair up a green velvet textured shadow with a copper lined blue highlighter to create an ocean-soothe effect.
If you are going for a shade of mint, you’d be surprised how well it spells summer when paired with tangerine orange, yellow, shades of salmon and neon pinks. But, nail art would be a better way to explore the combinations. If we’ve drawn a strong case for emerald and you can’t wait to get it in your closet too, here’s a tip: "If you are wearing a green outfit, don’t match your eye shadow to that. Instead, go for something that compliments the look. Try metallic eye shadows, they look super hot," says Sonic Sarwate, senior artist at MAC India.
If you thought smoke just meant shades of grey and black, here’s how to incorporate some green in your favourite beauty move. "As lovely as the hue is, green makeup can be daunting — one false move and you’re back in the 80s," warns makeup expert Nikita Sharma. "But, it tones beautifully with colours. Go for a full-on emerald smoky-eye using the green as an all over colour, up to the eye-crease followed by black eyeliner close to the upper lashes to intensify — topped off with black mascara.
Bringing the emerald shadow under the lower eye lashes will also add intensity," she adds. So, the next time you step out to make a statement, pick up your favourite shade of green and mix it up with a feline, smoke-eye touch for a helping of unfettered glamour.