Monday, September 21

trend alert: green smokey

Dramatic eyes in forest colors such as rich brown, taupe gray, burgundy, plum, golden, deep green are big this fall.
Amongst all these, green smokey particularly grabbed my attention.  It's a refreshing alternative to classic black smokey, it's easier to wear, and it's such a pretty color choice for fall!

As I mentioned in my Ivy League post, Bobbi Brown went for a pearly, moderate muted deep olive/ivy green smokey eye look with subtle glossy nude lips in this fall's Ivy League collection. Instyle named teal smokey (which has been on the spotlight since Gucci's S/S 2009 show) "this season's version of classic smokey eye". Kim Kardashian recently rocked a leaf green, retro style smokey. Teal or green smokey is a must-do this season.

If you don't feel brave enough to wear green shadow directly, go for a more subtle look: brush on a taupe or brown shadow with green/teal pearl in it, such as MAC Club or Too Faced Label Whore. If you use a darker cream eyeshadow as base, the green pearl will show up better.

For a more dramatic, rock star-like look, use matte black cream or powder eyeshadow on lids and smudge till the brow bone. Then, press green shimmery powder (MAC Pigment in Antique Gold for a warmer look, or Teal for a cooler one) onto lids with your finger. Apply the same powder more intensively to the inner rims of your eyes.
Urban Decay Zero/ Avon Textured Teal/ Bobbi Brown Golden Leaf

Too Faced Blonde Ambitions/ MAC Antique Gold/ YSL Garden of Eden

I feel like Teal goes well with peachy pink lips & cheeks, while warmer tones, such as hunter green, tend to look better with toffee-nudes or tawny-nudes. This season's pearly greens pair best with glossy but not shimmery lips.

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