Beauty tips on how to use the color of the year

Cebu Living - - Front Page - By KRISTELLE ANN BATCHELOR Illustration by DAN­ICA CONDEZ

When Pan­tone an­nounced Green­ery as its color of the year for 2017, it drew both cheers and jeers. It was quite a di­ver­gence from the past year’s pas­tel shades of rose quartz and seren­ity, which, we have to ad­mit, com­ple­mented each other and were very easy on the eyes. But the world- renowned color au­thor­ity is clear with its un­der­ly­ing rea­son for this year’s choice: green man­i­fests new be­gin­nings and en­cour­ages rein­vig­o­ra­tion.

In terms of cos­met­ics, green isn’t al­ways a fa­vored choice. But there has been a rise of brands that pro­mote the color and makeup artists who are find­ing ways to blend it into more tra­di­tional pal­ettes. Cebu- based makeup artist Raisa Bercede ( cell:. 0922-5544279) shares some re­li­able green­ery- hued prod­ucts and tips on how to use them prop­erly:

1. Green con­cealer

Nude con­ceal­ers are the most fre­quently used kind as they’re very ef­fec­tive, though it is ad­vis­able to choose a shade lighter than your skin tone. But a green con­cealer has proven to be more use­ful in cov­er­ing blem­ishes and works on all com­plex­ions if ap­plied cor­rectly.

How to use: Af­ter primer, ap­ply green con­cealer and gently pat us­ing a sponge. Put a min­i­mal amount only on af­fected ar­eas then cover the face with foun­da­tion.

2. Green eye­shadow

The most com­mon way of in­te­grat­ing green to makeup is through eye­shadow. Avail­able shades of­ten come in for­est, grass, and emer­ald green. The moss ef­fect can give ei­ther a morn­ing or evening look an edge.

How to use: Ap­ply a lighter shade of green eye­shadow on the lid and a darker one on the eye’s outer edges for em­pha­sis. For the crease, use a medium or neu­tral brown shade, then blend al­to­gether.

3. Green eye­liner

It is touted as a bold choice but a green eye­liner ap­pears sub­tle when ap­plied on the wa­ter­line.

How to use: Ap­ply green eye­liner on the wa­ter­line then en­hance it us­ing a neu­tral brown shade on the lower lash line.

4. Green high­lighter

This cur­rent makeup fad also comes in green shades. The prod­uct may look in­tim­i­dat­ing but is ac­tu­ally wear­able. “When done cor­rectly, a high­lighter lifts, bright­ens, and im­proves the over­all look of your skin and makeup. When done too much, though, you’ll end up look­ing oily,” Berceda says. There are also rain­bow high­lighters with blue- green shades that, when mixed with other col­ors, cre­ate a nat­u­ral fin­ish.

How to use: Ap­ply on cheek bones, the in­ner cor­ners of the eyes, the tip of the nose, the cen­ter of the up­per lip, the Cupid’s bow, and a lit­tle bit on the chin.

5. Green lip­stick

Some cos­metic brands have come up with a green “magic” lip­stick that turns into dif­fer­ent shades of pink when ap­plied as it re­acts ac­cord­ing to the skin’s pH level. Due to its dye­ing prop­er­ties, it is found to last rel­a­tively longer than reg­u­lar lip­sticks.

How to use: To make lip­stick last longer, mois­tur­ize lips with a non-pe­tro­leum balm first. Put on some con­cealer on the lips as base then ap­ply lip­stick us­ing a brush. Fi­nally, dab lips with loose pow­der.

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