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Spring Color Preview 2013: A Blissful Balance

By: Sara Mason
Posted: February 28, 2013, from the March 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Spring 2013 Color Preview

Makeup and hair, Jo Candelaria; photographer, George Favios; and model, Sophie Warner of Vivian's Sydney

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If that’s still too much, use a strong color as a liner instead. “Keep it to the top lid only,” suggests Bennett. In any case, reserve the look for special occasions.

Katz agrees. “Many of the colors are not wearable for most people on an average day,” she says. Her advice this season is to use the colors conservatively as a shadow or a liner inside the lower lid to kick up the usual look a notch. “Play it safer for clients who work in an office,” she says. “Deep blue is really wearable for everyone, but especially for brunettes or those with brown eyes.” For blue eyes, use a dark brown or Lemon Zest, and for green eyes, violet or plum to make the eyes stand out.

Natural and reflective

The prevalence of green this spring is undeniable. Similar to the many shades in natural surroundings, this season’s greens offer a backdrop for all other hues.

Expect to see Pantone’s color of the year, Emerald, continue through to fall, as well. “Emerald is such a great universal shade that works on all skin tones in all different ways. It feels so mysterious and empowering, it’s the perfect tone to reflect the women of 2013,” says Kate McCarthy, glōminerals national makeup artist. Emerald reads beautifully on both warm and cool undertones. “For those on the cooler side, look for greens with a blue undertone, and for those on the warm side, look for emeralds with more of a yellow/golden undertone,” she suggests.

To create an emerald smoky eye, use a brown cream eyeliner as a base. “Swipe the liner on your lid, from lash line to crease, then quickly blend a rich Emerald shadow on your lid, smoking out the brown cream,” explains McCarthy. If the smoky eye is intimidating, she suggests using an Emerald liner on the top and bottom lash line for great definition.

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