January 7th, 2014
Every season we see the hot colours on the catwalks, counters and covers. It’s big business and the cosmetics houses know it. But sometimes, especially when it comes to the art of make up, a colour transcends trend. There’s something about green eyes that is timeless, evocative and dramatic, so this week we celebrate some incredible work using green and pick our fave eye colours.
Pantone lists the best part of 600 shades of green; it’s the colour of freshness, renewal, hope and Spring, working on any eye colour and occasion. Whether it’s neon, jewel, muted, more bluey, more brown or matte, shimmer, glitter, cream or powder there’s as many products as there are shades of green.
The Green Team
Clarins Mineral Eyeshadows are wet and dry formula with a variety of textures. The Silver Green (£17) from The Basics range is a lovely rich sage.
MUD latest collection, Deep Forest is a selection of rich nature-inspired hues. Tea Tree is a high pigment true green, The unique velvet consistency allows these versatile shadows to glide on smoothly and evenly – wet or dry.
Always guaranteed to deliver bold colours, Sleek MakeUP has sparkly eye dust in Scuba or Eden (£2.99), Eau La La Liner in Tonic (£4.99) that’s both gorgeous and green and Glitter Dip-it in Mojito (£4.99).
You’ll probably find every colour under the Sun in Bourjois’ famous little pots of shadow. The Intense Shade 05 (£6.99) is British Racing Green meets Strictly whereas the Smoky Trio Liner/Shadow mixes a dark emerald cream liner with green and silver shadows (£7.99).
We really like AcidBerry and Mochi (£8.50) from Sugarpill, available on love-makeup.co.uk. Very high pigmented powder the greens in the pressed eyeshadows are bold and bright.
Crayon Khol Terrybly in Emerald is the ultimate in high-precision waterproof eye pencils from By Terry. Its soft tip with glide-on action defines the contour of the eyes and applies deeply intense matte and ultra-iridescent colour. Very long-lasting with excellent hold, it comes with a pencil sharpener for a permanently precise tip.
Louise Rednapp and MUA Kim Jacob’s make up brand Wild About Beauty has an eyeshadow pencil duo (£14.40) in Kim and is a double-ended pencil that come complete with a highly pigmented eyeliner one end and a crease-proof cream eyeshadow the other.
If you’re on a budget the Miner’s ‘Love Phat’ Liner in Bossy (£1.99) delivers deep dark green in pencil form.
As part of their comprehensive spring collection Guerlain has created a limited edition Ecrin 4 Couleurs (£39.99). The four complementing shades include a stunning mint green.
Estee Lauder’s Tom Pecheux has developed Pure Color Stay-on shadow paints. These cream shadows have a mousse like consistency but build and build intense colour. Extreme Emerald (£19) is just that – bright, bold and packs a green punch.
Beauty Editor’s go-to girl Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel Palette (£38) mixes up three fabulous green shades with an illuminating highlighter. Designed to create both day and night looks, The Rebel ensures it green lights all the way.
Burberry is synonymous with all things English and their complete Eye Palette in Sage (£40) has two very wearable greens. Part of the capsule make up from the brand, it’s the perfect English green.
Clinique’s All About Shadow line are creamy high pigment shades with a huge choice of colours from nudes to purples. Their greens include Pacific Coast and Wave After Wave (£16).
SUQQU is a Japanese brand with emphasis on useablility. The limited, deep emerald shade of eyeliner (£25) has been inspired by a black pearl. SUQQU’s water-proof creamy eyeliner enables you to draw a beautiful fine line that lasts all day long. It contains delicate shimmers to gives depth and soft impression.
Pixi Beauty’s Endless Silky Eye Pen in Emerald Gold (£11) is waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liner. It glides on like seamless silk and in a single sweep motion creates a flawless, solid jewel-toned line. No retouching required all day or night.
Mistress of minerals, jane iredale has single PurePressed Eye Shadows in Caribbean, a beautiful oceanic aqua-green shade (£14.50). Variations of green also include Mystikol powder eye liner range and have Malachite (moss green) and Aquamarine (sea green), these dual ended liners also have a pearlescent highlighter at the other end in a pale complementary shade (£19).
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Pigment is 100% pure and uncut pigment (£9.50). This is a pro-only matte powder can be used on its own very sparingly, but works best when mixed with other bases such as body lotions, mixing mediums, clear lip tar or cosmetic grade talc.
Khaki Egerie (£35) from Givenchy is a palette containing four silky powder eye colours with a distinctly golden green tip.
Ellis Faas created Lights that are much more than just highlighters. Although liquid, they dry upon application to create the illusion of metallic eyes. The texture appears moist whilst being perfectly dry with a smooth finish, so no stickiness or eyelid creases. Try green gold (£26).
Dior’s colourful Spring 2014 collection include a beautiful soft green. The Diorshow Mono eyeshadow in Opaline Green (£24) has an innovative gum texture that provides two finishes: soft fusion (when blended in with fingertips), or intense fusion (applied using the brush applicator for intensified, extreme pigmentation).