FACE YOUR GREENS
Beauty tips on how to use the color of the year
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.