With Valentine’s day upon us, and with the spring makeup collections showing pink…and green! Yes, spring is green! And now, for some green romance.
The combination of pink/brown with green is pretty amazing! And you’ll find it in the Lancôme, Clarins, and Dior palettes this spring. I really liked the colour range of the Clarins Garden Escape palette. It can work well for blondes, but the palette is even more amazing on brunettes, or brown eyes. The green shades aren’t bright, they work like a taupe/grey green so you can use them to shade. While the Khôl pencil works like a black liner, except that it’s not! I would say it’s my must have if your budget is limited. It’s not too green and not too dark. It will work well for a daytime occasion instead of black, and it’s much softer. I would put it in the waterline or smudge it into your top lashes to add that little “je ne sais quoi” to your day look.
These are also a great buy if you are having a wedding outside this year. Visually, the green would tie any wedding makeup look with your surroundings and give that romantic touch, without being too dark. That goes ditto for the palette!
To try out my ideas, I went back to Ava and her beautiful cheekbones and luscious brown hair. But this time, I left her skin pale and curled her hair into romantic and glamorous waves. I left the hair the same for both looks, except for the part.
First look: I borrowed this stunning 80s vintage *real* silk dress inspired by the 40s movie star era. It’s still available at Anais Montreal. (Keep an eye on her Etsy boutique because she has a great eye for unique vintage pieces! You can also see her finds on Instagram @anaisvintagemontreal.) To tie the look with the dress I used the Garden Escape palette pink and taupe colours with a brown pencil that I smudged around the eyes to keep it soft. The blush is a custom blend I mixed it to match Ava’s lovely lips which were left au natural with a touch of gloss. If you want that rosy glow, make sure the blush is close in tone with your lip colour, so you’re not 50 shades of pink.
Second look: I removed the brown liner and I used the Intense Green Khôl from the collection instead. I kept the pink on the lid, but I shaded the crease with the dark green of the palette so it stayed all light and romantic, but with an edge. I kept the lips and cheeks the same. The gorgeous lace top is from the Denis Gagnon SS2015 collection available through the boutique at the moment (an online shop will soon follow).