2013 Colour of the year – Emerald

Why, hello everyone! Happy New Year! (Yes, I know. It’s January 18th. But it’s still a “new” year).

I’ve been busy getting organized and getting into my “New Year, New Look” motto, and that includes a new layout and totally SEO configured website- for you techie geeks reading this. And I say that with love. Yes, thanks to Carolyn, Seve and Nadia-all will be revealed & explained, when my website/blog, (the one you’re reading now) comes out to the public ..Er..Soon!

Let’s have a quick Q&A!

Q. What do the colors orange and green have in common?

a) Merry (that’s me) hated them both as a child but grew to love these colors as an adult.

b) They can be found in an orange fruit tree. (According to my 5-year-old. I like this one).

c) They represent both Tangerine Tango, the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year and 2013′s, which is Emerald.

d) All of the above

Correct answer: d) All of the above. (Hooray! You get nothing. But thanks for playing along).

How to makeup 2013 Color of the year Emerald

Green is one of the most popular eye makeup colors my clients often shy away from. So after looking in my kit and pulling some stuff out, you’ll see that I don’t really carry a lot of it, aside from the following products:

  1. Vasanti Cosmetics Eyeshadow Duo in Statue of Liberty-a super wearable and versatile metallic topaz and rich emerald. I’m wearing it over a black creme shadow base, seen on my eye in the photo collage. Try wearing it as a wash of color with either shades as the feature, and the other accenting the top and bottom lash lines smudged over a kohl liner, like their new Kajal pencil! (Statue of Liberty $20)
  2. MAC (various shades that I used for a shoot) including Swimming ($12 for the Pro Palette refill pan or about $8 with Pro discount)
  3. Laura Mercier: Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Emerald (since discontinued and replaced with Forest Green. I love how this brings out the color of blue eyes and the oh-so-gorgeous Deep Teal and Bleu Marine cake liners – which bring out the color of hazel or green and brightens anyone’s eyes. $20); Single Eyeshadow in Sherazade-a wearable olive-green with a brown base ($22); and in my personal makeup bag and kit – Black Turquoise Kohl liner (okay, so it’s not really green!) Black based color liners are a fantastic way to introduce color to even the most conservative no-makeup wearer. ($20)
  4. Kat Von D’s True Romance Gypsy palette a fun alternative color smoky eye palette! ($34)
  5. Magneto Magnetic Lacquer by Gelish – my latest nail polish fetish that I’ve been seeing lots about in DIY mani pedi tutorials and gel polish fan videos. Got mine for $6.99 at Winners (Bloor St.)
  6. The Body Shop Metallic Eye Definer in Vibrant Emerald $18.95 and the oh-so-calling-out-to-be-taken-home by me Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner: waterproof, glides on smoothly, and blends easily, then stays put for ever. Ok, maybe not forever. But it stays on until you clean it off with a good waterproof eye makeup remover like Lancome’s Bi-Facil ($35.00 125ml).

I don’t actually own the last two eye liner pencils, but I swatched them recently and was reminded of how easily The Body Shop eye definer pencils glide on to provide smooth and even coverage. They give great color pay-off and the metallic pencils have pearl pigments that provide intense metallic effects to light up the eyes.

If you’re still not convinced about squeezing in an emerald hued item into your makeup wardrobe, how about just a fun accessory like a scarf or a cool pair of  shades. You know, for when it’s minus-14 degrees Celsius and the sun is shining, like today! (Toronto weather report, brought to you by CP24).

I’m not into Feng Shui Colors but a close friend told me that 2013 is my year. I had already decided it was so when I walked away from 2012, but when I asked her why, she said that I was born in the year of the Tiger. (Let’s not get into exact numbers here. *Mwraorw*). According to their beliefs, there are 12 Chinese zodiac signs and each of them have their respective Feng Shui Colors. (Simply put, since it goes a little deeper than that). Mine, happen to include the color green. And because I’m all about keeping an open mind and embracing new things this year, I decided this can’t be a bad thing. I never liked green or tangerine (orange) as a kid, but I grew to love how my various orange hues of nail polish, lipsticks, fashion jewellery and tops complement my skin tone. So much, that I managed to collect more items in the tangerine color family, since it was color of the year.

Green is a fave in my family, and we even chose Celadon green as our wedding motif (8 years ago!) I love what it represents (no, not $$$ – however it does make the world go around. Figuratively). But as a piece in the wall street journal online put it: “It is the color of growth, luck and riches. The Emerald City is the shining capital of the Wizard of Oz. Little wonder that marketers have been embracing this gemstone shade, with its message of total renewal”.

What do you think about 2013′s color of the year? Do you like wearing emerald-green in your fashion and/or makeup wardrobe? Did you love how stunning JLo looked in her green, chiffon, plunging neckline Varcace dress (yes, that one). Or did you prefer how Angelina Jolie gave the color a boost in her emerald-green Golden Globes gown in 2011? Were these fashion hits or misses? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

My take on the color of the year concept is that like any trends- it’s something to keep things fresh and moving, but it’s not to say that one has to wear it from head to toe. Take elements of it, and let the color enhance what you have, and make it work. Another source I read (ugh, I can’t remember where) regarding how Pantone comes up with these choices, put it this way: “The more relaxing emerald “is absolutely the opposite of 2012′s Color of the Year… Pantone doesn’t seek a pattern in its color choices from year to year, but it does vary the colors, because it wants them to spark interest and feel fresh.”

My thoughts on the color of the year go for fashion, makeup, or even just incorporating it into your decor at home. I love the greens I’ve been seeing in dinnerware and living room accents! Going back to what it said on the wall street journal online,  “For marketers, of course, renewal means consumers shopping to replace outmoded things—such as products in tangerine tango, the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year. The vivid orange—which was in line with the mod ’60s feel of some décor and apparel styles—popped up in coats, couches, dishware and rugs. But now, is that fiery color starting to look too much like forced good cheer?” It’s easy to see how the hype is a way to encourage consumerism.

Interested to know what your Feng Shui colors are to bring you positive energy? Here’s a list from fengshuidiy.com :

Rat: Gold, Silver, White, Blue, Gray and Black

Ox: Red, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Brown

Tiger: Blue, Gray, Black, Green, Lime

Rabbit: Blue, Gray, Black, Green Lime

Dragon: Red, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Brown

Snake: Green, Lime, Red, Purple, Orange

Horse: Green, Lime, Red, Purple, Orange

Sheep: Red, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Brown

Monkey: Yellow, Brown, Gold, Silver, White

Rooster: Yellow, Brown, Gold, Silver, White

Dog: Red, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Brown

Pig: Gold, Silver, White, Blue, Gray, Black


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