Salut mes belles! Valentine's Day has come and gone, which means that my month-long V-Day makeup prep is now finished... yay!! As much as I enjoyed it, I'm kinda relieved that it's over and I'm so excited to jump back into makeup art and re-introduce fresh color combos to my repertoire. For the remainder of February, I'll be creating looks without any special events in mind, for the "just because" occasion. With spring right around the corner, I'm focusing on green and sprucing it up with pink, to showcase and inspire you to try one of my favorite color pairings. Together, pink and green are fun, bright and refreshing; the combo revives dull complexions, revamps winter makeup and adds a dose of unexpected cool to any look. In this post, I'm highlighting three ways to wear this funky combo and I'm kicking it off with Pantone's color of the year: Emerald.
Are you ready for green?
Look #1: "EMERELDA" (Dramatic Makeup)
"Emerelda" is bold, dark and dramatic, with the main focus on big, wide eyes encrusted in emerald eyeshadow and highlighted with bright fuchsia. The eyes are complemented by thick, sultry brows and long spiky lashes. The lips and skin are kept very neutral with a cool nude lip and clean, even foundation. This look is perfect for night time or for those of you who prefer heavier makeup.
Products Used -- SKIN:
Products Used -- LIPS:
Products Used -- EYES:
- Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper -- primer
- NYX jumbo eye pencil in Rocky Mountain Green -- base
- Makeup Geek eyeshadows (pictured):
- Vanilla Bean (almost matte vanilla) -- used as a highlight under brow
- Shimma Shimma (shimmery champagne) -- used to highlight the inner corner
- Mermaid (metallic teal) -- used on the center lid
- Envy (deep metallic green) -- used in the crease, outer "V" and lower lash line
- Lime Crime Chinadoll Palette (pictured):
- Jade-o-Lade (matte jade) -- used to blend and transition the shimmery shadows
- Lotus Noir (matte black) -- used to deepen the outer "V"
- LASplash Mineral Eye Sparkle & Glitter in Hula Hula (bright blue based pink) -- used on the lower lash line
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Covet Waterproof Liner in Astral -- used on the waterline and lower lash line
- Red Cherry Lashes #47 from HBwigs.com -- spiky, angled lashes, perfect for a wide-eyed look
"Emerelda" Pink & Emerald Eyes How-to:
- Prime the lids from the lash line to the brow and make sure to cover the lower lash line. Allow a few seconds for the primer to set.
- Apply a green sticky base (NYX Rocky Mountain Green) all over the lid and blend it out past the crease.
- Use a flat stiff brush to apply a dark metallic shadow (MUG Envy) to the lower lash line and the outer third of the lid. Use the edge of the brush to outline the crease.
- Clean off the same brush and apply a shimmery teal shadow (MUG Mermaid) to the rest of the lid, focusing on the center. Blend the transition using short strokes.
- With a small rounded contour brush, "clean up" and blend out the edge of the crease using a matte jade shadow (LC Jade-o-Lade).
- Use a matte vanilla shade (MUG Vanilla Bean) on a stiff angled brush to highlight the brow bone and blend the transition color.
- Use your pinky to highlight the inner corner with a shimmery champagne shadow (MUG Shimma Shimma).
- Use a bright pink pigment on a small detailing brush to outline the lower lash line and extend the wing.
- Tight-line the waterline with a dark emerald waterproof pencil (Astral) and apply false lashes to complete the look.
Products Used BROWS:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit Volume 1: Bold Brows -- I used the tinted pomade to fill in the brows completely, then sealed the color with the powder and brushed out the product.
Look #2: "PINK-n-PRECIOUS" (Ready-to-wear makeup)
For an everyday, wearable "pink-n-green" combo, try pairing a simple shimmery emerald eyeliner with popping pink pout.
- Missha M Luminous Rouge in Romantic Pink (PK107) -- Missha lipsticks are made in consideration of Asian skin tones, so I never have to worry about them looking chalky or unflattering -- even a color as pale as this blue-based pink! On the contrary, it makes my skin look more golden and my imperfections less obvious.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit Volume 1: Bold Brows -- I used the wax pomade to gently define the tail of the brows and added the powder to the sparse areas to lightly fill them in. The great thing about this kit and all Anastasia brow kits is that they are totally customizable and can be applied as naturally or as dramatically as you prefer.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Covet Waterproof Liner in Astral -- top lash line
- Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box: eyeshadow in Graffiti -- on top of liner
- NYX candy glitter liner in Jade Green-- on top of shadow
- Revlon liquid liner in Shimmer Black (similar)-- outer corner and wing
- Red Cherry lashes #42 from HBwigs.com -- Spiky, sparse lashes, perfect for every day looks.
Look #3: "FRESH-N-FUCHSIA" Nail Art
This abstract nail art was inspired by sprouting spring greens, juicy watermelon (can you tell I'm tired of the cold?) Mardi Gras and Cirque du Soleil. I went for bright "carnival" polishes from the Cirque du Soleil Collection for China Glaze and added "confetti" glitter accents and striping tape to the tips.
- Duri Rejuvacote Nail Growth System -- Base Coat
- China Glaze Nail Lacquer Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection (Escaping Reality) -- this blue-based pink polish dries semi-matte and has hint of neon finish. Pure Perfection!
- China Glaze Nail Lacquer Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection (Running in Circles) -- this kelly green polish is so shimmery, it could pass for glitter. Love, love, love this one!
- China Glaze Nail Lacquer Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection (Whirled Away) -- definitely my favorite from the collection, this chunky black and white glitter top coat can add an abstract element to any polish. I'm totally obsessed! Check out my ring finger :)
- Born Pretty Store Black Striping Tape -- this tape is perfect for creating straight lines or using under polish as a stencil. The design possibilities are endless!
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat -- super shiny top coat, great to use over glitter.
What do you think of Pink-n-Green for Spring?
*Some product/s in this post were sent for my consideration and review. The opinion stated is 100% my own.
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