And the colour of the year for 2013 is… emerald green!

I was wrong. Based on these spring 2013 runway looks, I was so, SO sure that Pantone was going to crown some shade of blue as the hottest colour of 2013. (You know, like how Tangerine Tango was all the rage for 2012, and we collectively went crazy for orange lipstick.)

Well, now it turns out that green—vibrant EMERALD green—is actually the colour to watch for the year ahead.

Pantone Emerald Green And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

“Lively,” “radiant” and “lush” is how the company describes it. And you know what? I’m totally down with some emerald in a dress…

Angelina Jolie emerald green Versace dress And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

Or earrings…

Angelina Jolie emerald earrings And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

Hey, wait a minute! Did Angelina Jolie single-handedly start this trend? Okay, maybe not. We DID see Kate Middleton in an emerald green dress when she showed the world her new bangs the other day.

Anyway, in fashion or accessories, I’m all over this. But makeup? Well, that’s a little trickier. Blue was in my comfort zone, but green… is not. Even though I’m told that emerald is a fairly universal colour that just about any skin tone can pull off. I think that’s because it’s got quite a bit of blue in it (as opposed to hunter greens or army greens, which don’t have the same vibrance).

Clearly it’s time to look to the runways for some inspiration.

As with any “out there” colour, I think the easiest way to start wearing this shade is to channel Stella McCartney’s spring show and get it all up in your waterlines:

Stella McCartney Spring 2013 makeup And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

This is a look I’ve been wearing in the summers for years now (taught to me ages ago by the now Singapore-based Andrea Claire, one of the handful of makeup artists who hasn’t made me want to run home immediately and wash off her “work”). You want the hit of green liner to be right on the lower waterlines and that’s it—no colour anywhere else, just healthy, fresh skin and bare-ish lips.

For this show, Pat McGrath used CoverGirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Jade, but sadly it’s not available in Canada, so a good sub would be YSL’s waterproof liner in Amazon Green.

YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Amazon Green And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

Another option would be to wear the liner all the way around the eye, a la Kenzo:

Kenzo Spring 2013 makeup And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

What makes this work (besides extreme confidence)? I think it’s the way the colour dips into a “V” at the tear ducts… and the centres of the lower lash lines are left bare. You’d definitely need a good, fine-tipped brush to draw this shape—here, it was MAC 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush, and the colour is MAC Pro Chromaline in Landscape Green.

As with the Stella look—and all of these looks, in fact—let the green make the statement and don’t worry about adding any other detectable colours to your face, save a whisper of blush maybe.

A third, equally risk-taking option comes from Michael Kors:

Michael Kors Spring 2013 makeup And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

This green is drawn on in that “floating liner” technique, right above the crease, that looks cool on the runways but might make people stop and stare in real life. If you’re keen, use Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Jungle and apply with a wet brush.

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Jungle And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

Just keep an eye on it and touch up frequently, because it’s meant to be a sharp, graphic swipe—not smudgy.

And now for the most exotic interpretation of this green eye makeup trend, at Christian Dior:

Christian Dior Spring 2013 makeup And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

It’s beautiful, non? The look was “techno butterfly” (an idea I’m in love with in itself) and combines Diorshow eyeshadow in green with Swarovski crystals scattered across and glued on the lids.

Not for the office, obvs.

In fact, the only one I’d say was office-appropriate is the Stella McCartney lower-lashline look…

OR you could just embrace the emerald on your nails, because on there, anything goes. Here’s a great example from Kenzo:

Kenzo Spring 2013 nails And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

Um… probably a good idea to avoid public boob-grabs and bra tops, etc. But doesn’t the colour look nice?

My sources tell me it’s MAC Nail Lacquer in Deep Sea, although in the bottle it looks a bit dark:

MAC Nail Lacquer in Deep Sea And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

Instead, can I make a suggestion? Sephora by OPI has a shade that looks like a closer match; this is Kelly Green:

Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Kelly Green And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!

And this is my favourite from Butter London. They emailed me a couple of emerald suggestions and I am just head over heels for this one, Henley Regatta:

Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Henley Regatta And the colour of the year for 2013 is... emerald green!It’s a fusion of green and blue glitter… FUN!… and if I manage to get my hands on some, might just be the first green nail polish to ever grace these here fingertips. (Yep, I’m so boring that I’ve never once worn green. I’ll keep you posted.)

In the meantime, tell me:

Are you into this emerald green trend, or do you miss Tangerine Tango already?
How would you wear green on your eyes?
Do you have a favourite green nail polish pick?


Tuesday, December 11/2012 at 3:24 pm

I’ve worn emerald green eyeliner on my bottom lash line before, and it wasn’t too crazy. I don’t think I could pull off all-around eyeliner or the floating line.

I’m just hoping the makeup world sticks to green on the eyes- it’d be a bit scary to see people running around with green blush or lipstick on!


Nomadic D
Tuesday, December 11/2012 at 4:06 pm

I actually think green is a lot better on most skin tones than blue. On me especially, blue tends to bring out my veins and dark circles and make me look pale and slightly undead (or rather, dead) but green has none of those weird side effects.


Wednesday, December 12/2012 at 2:00 pm

I agree! Green – and different shades of green – are def more flattering on a wider range of skintones. It’s more flattering than blue on my olive skintone for sure. I have to test out a lot of blues before I find one that doesn’t highlight weird undertones in my skin, but greens seem universally flattering.


Tuesday, December 11/2012 at 4:16 pm

Ugh, not into the colours this year. While I think this shade of green is pretty to look at, it doesn’t look that great ON people.. Emerald green and oxblood — it’s as if the trend is “aging Christmas colours”


Wednesday, December 12/2012 at 4:43 am

Ooh, I love the colour of Angelina’s dress and earrings!


Wednesday, December 12/2012 at 6:11 am

OMG I used to wear green eyeliners when I was a teen!


Wednesday, December 19/2012 at 3:45 am

I never ever wear blue eyeshadow or liner as I have green eyes and I find it clashes, but green I’m definitely on board with!


Sunday, December 23/2012 at 9:02 pm

Rae from The Raeviewer filmed a few green shadow tutorials that were really cute and awesome, most recently the Tom Ford Fall 2012 had emerald green. It definitely looks better on more yellow/olive/darker skin tones though!


Sunday, December 23/2012 at 9:05 pm

Ps. She did a YSL one too for Fall 2012 that had bright green… could it be that Pantone’s color of 2013 is like… SO 2012?! :P


Sunday, December 30/2012 at 7:57 am

So on board for emerald this year; it looks especially great with all hair colors imo. I love that it’s also not a particular shade, so it can be adjusted to compliment your skin tone. Personally, it’s been my favorite color of shadow to wear to the beach these past 4 years when shimmery; it’s fun, flattering, and looks good on an otherwise naked face (save for sunscreen, of course).


Sunday, January 6/2013 at 11:34 am

As a graphic designer, I can tell you that green is the color of the worst-selling magazine covers. For some reason, green (maybe because it is color of envy) does not attract consumers. So it is shocking that Pantone would choose it as color of the year!

I think it’s very pretty and flattering as a makeup trend, but not so much as clothing. Sorry :-(


Monday, January 7/2013 at 3:19 pm

I LOVE the emerald trend. Dresses, scarves, skirts, blouses in the right emerald is very elegant and looks great on most skin types. Jewelry can look really chintzy and costume-y if it’s not done right but I do have a few heirloom pieces that really do the emerald color justice. If I find the right shade I will try it on my eyes, but definitely in moderation. I’ve also been begging my nail artist for a couple months to get an emerald color or at least a shimmer to mix in. I want to experiment!


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