Green With Envy: Celebrating The Color Of The Year

Published on May 16, 2013 by   ·   3 Comments

01 Pantone Color Swatch Emerald


03 Green SetI have always loved the color green, and as long as I have been buying cosmetics I have always been drawn to fabulous shades of green for eyes, lips, nails, and anything else you want to slap a little color onto!  That’s why I was thrilled when Sephora announced that their 2013 Color of the Year collaboration with Pantone Universe would be Emerald!  That meant a whole line of fabulous, frothy products bursting with one of my favorite shades of my favorite color.  As I started snapping up pieces in this new collection, I started thinking about how much time and money I’ve spent on green makeup in my life.

Green isn’t always an easy color to wear.  There are some toned-down shades of green, some lovely earthy colors that can be worked seamlessly into a more neutral look…but I just ain’t that kinda queen!  I love a brash, brazen green that announces itself with a shimmy and a shout.  If you are going to rock a bright, vivid green, you have to commit!

03 Green ShadowsWhat I love about green is that it can be sexy and elegant (think Julianne Moore in her emerald Oscars gown circa The Hours and Far From Heaven.  Her pale skin and red hair with the green of the dress – stunning!) or it can be earthy and sweet.  A mint green and a pale pink can evoke the feeling of cruising in a ’57 Chevy with the top down and those huge tail fins – long before gas was $4.00 a gallon!  Green is nature at its most lush and verdant, plants bursting forth into bloom.  Green is also just a little bit dangerous!  Think of Poison Ivy, the Wicked Witch of the West, the secret heart of a forbidden jungle – all cloaked in shades of emerald green.  Plants can be beautiful, but they can also be deadly.  Green can be inviting, but it can also keep us at bay or punish us for coming too close, like the thorns on a rosebush.  Green is seduction.  This juxtaposition is not entirely surprising given that green is also the color associated with the heart chakra.  It is why green can be such a soothing color, but can also be the color of envy and jealousy, for what are we more envious of than that we love with all of our heart?

Green has also become the color of greed, the desire for more wealth and power.

03 Wicked Witch Oz03 Wicked Green03 Poison Ivy

All of these thoughts about green come alive when I’m playing with the color, and I’m thrilled that Sephora and Pantone came together to create this amazing collection.  I decided to take some photos to show off most of the green cosmetics I’ve got knocking around in my kit (you’ll find those at the bottom)!  I’m sure there are a few pieces I missed, and this doesn’t include any of the fabulous greens that I have as part of palettes – I’ve definitely got a lot of green options at my disposal!  If anyone has recommendations for their favorite shade of green, please post them in the comments!

Need some inspiration?  I’ve included a couple of tutorial videos below using fabulous shades of green!

(Don’t forget about the fabulous green look that got me hooked on the Queen of Blending tutorials – find it HERE)

And as promised, here are some pics of all of the glorious, glamorous greens that I have in my makeup trove:

048Top Row: Sephora eyeshadow in “Picnic in the Park” (no.44); Sephora eyeshadow in “Fame and Fortune” (no. 43); MAC satin eyeshadow in “Eyepopping”; Lancome Colour Focus eyeshadow in “Green Dream.”  Bottom Row: MAC frost eyeshadow in “Big T”; MAC Mineralize eyeshadow in the Disney Villains special edition “She Who Dares” (Maleficent-half green/black with shimmer, half blue/black with shimmer); MAC frost eyeshadow in “Wondergrass”; Sugarpill Chroma Lust loose powder in “Absinthe”; Urban Decay Deluxe eyeshadow in “Grafitti”; MAC frost eyeshadow in “Guacamole”; MAC Mineralize eyeshadow in “Smutty Green”; MAC Barbie Special Edition collection veluxe pearl eyeshadow in “Springtime Skipper.”

032MAC Pigments.  Top: “Chartreuse.”  Middle: “Landscape Green” and “Emerald Green.”  Bottom: “Green Brown,” “Kelly Green,” and “Teal.”  Holiday Special Edition size of “Golden Olive.”

017MAC Glitters (Clockwise from Top Left): “Chartreuse,” “Light Green,” “Crystalled Lime,” and “Jewelmarine.”

016Left to Right: Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick in “Mint To Be”; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in “Power Plant”; Lime Grime Carousel Lip Gloss in “Holly-Gram”; Graftobian Lipstick in “Green.”

028Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Color Code Prismatic Shadow Block in “Emerald.”

011Don’t they just look good enough to eat?!010Sephora + Pantone Universe liquid eyeliner collection in “Emerald” and Prismatic Glitter False Eyelashes.

007Lit Cosmetics glitters.  Top: “Green Machine” (shimmer, size 3) and “Hulk” (solid, size 3); Bottom: “Magic Dragon” (shimmer, size 3), “Plush” (solid, size 3), and “Wasabi” (solid, size 2).

004The little white-capped bottle in the middle of the pic is one of the Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year nail polishes.  There were two more, but I couldn’t track them down for the pic.  The two cases in the background of the pic are the Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Block Beauty Box.  Gorgeous!

040Left to Right: MAC Lustreglass in “Spring Bean” (this should have been in the pic with the other lip stuff, but I missed it!); NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in “Lime,” “Cucumber,” and “Rocky Mountain Green”; Lime Crime Uniliner in “Citreuse”; NYX Liquid Crystal Glitter Liner in LCL 110 – “Crystal Jade”; NYX Slide On Eye Pencil in SL 06 – “Esmerelda.”  In Front: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Freak” and MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in “Landscape Green.”

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration to create your own glamorous, glittery green look.  Whether you use the Sephaora color of the year products or go out into the wide world in search of your own absolutely perfect shade of green is all up to you!

Now go forth and get painted!


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