Green Party

Green Party

Thanks to Pantone, green is the hue of the season. Whether you embrace a bold green eye, lip or cheek, it’s a universally flattering colour we should all be wearing

Goodbye nudes – bold colour is back and, more specifically, it’s all about green this summer. Take the AW17 shows where Prabal Gurung’s models wore a bold sweep of jade eyeshadow from eyelid to eyebrow, and Maison Margiela showcased all shades of vibrant green. While in May at Cannes, Kristen Stewart debuted her new bleach blonde crop perfectly paired with a mesmerizing green smoky eye.

So why green? Firstly, ‘greenery’, a zesty yellow-green hue, is Pantone’s colour of 2017. But what makes it popular for make-up artists is that, despite what Kermit believed, it is easy being green. ‘Green eye shadow suits everyone, all eye colours and every complexion,’ says Ariane Jaksch, senior trainer at Smashbox. Green is also invaluable when it comes to an even skin tone. Take the pistachio-coloured Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Correcting Foundation Primer (£28/30ml). ‘Green is the complementary colour to red and when complementary colours are put on top of each other they cancel each other out,’ Jaksch explains. ‘You only need a pea-size amount. Warm up the product between fingertips and apply on areas where redness occurs such as the cheeks and nose.’ Follow with a foundation such as Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, which is sweat and humidity proof and available in 28 shades (£27/30ml).

Patone 15-0343 Greenery, Prabal Garung AW17

As for the eyes, we’re putting money on the green smoky eye superseding the classic black this year. To achieve the look, MAC senior make-up artist Rebecca Butterworth suggests ‘lining the lower and upper water lines with bright grass-green MAC Minted eye pencil (£14.50), then using a flat blush to apply Sumptuous Olive eye shadow (£13.50) over the eyelid’. Blend the edges with a touch of bronzer to stop the green from creeping up too high, ‘and finish with brown mascara for a contemporary look’.



Prabal Garung AW17, Kristen Stewart at Cannes

‘Green can give an opulent look as it’s such a rich colour, but you can also use it for a gentle daytime look,’ says Max Factor make-up artist Caroline Barnes, whose clients include Davina McCall and Emma Watson. ‘Sweep Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Golden Green (£6.99) with the enclosed applicator over the entire eyelid, blending thoroughly and building it up for more pigment.’ For this softer look, Barnes suggests ‘lining the lower lash line with a black kohl pencil and blending to create extra definition, plus using lots of black mascara, such as Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curl Addict (£7.99), to offset the green against the intensity of the black’. For the cheeks, ‘Ditch the blusher, wrap bronzer around your cheekbones and temples, give the apples of your cheeks a pinch and leave it at that,’ says Butterworth. Try Soap & Glory’s new Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick (£11) for a natural, easy-to-apply glow.

Gigi Hadid at Maxmara SS17, Mac Cosmetic

Now what to do about lips? Yes, there are solid bright-green lipsticks out there, but unless you are Rihanna – just say no. However, ‘It’s a little-known secret that green on the lips can help create the best nude because it neutralises red and pink creating a clean nude lip,’ says Butterworth, who suggests MAC’s lime green Yellow Jacket Lipglass, (£15.50). Alternatively, Lipstick Queen in Frog Prince (£22, spacenk.com) is by all appearance a dramatic emerald shade, but on application, due to the skin’s pH reaction, a rosy-pink gloss appears. This gets our green light.


Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Green, MAC Eye Kohl in Minted, Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eyeshadow in Golden Green, Lipstick Queen in Frog Prince, MAC Eye Shadow in Sumptuous Olive

  • Words: Beatrice Aidin

  • Photography: Anthea Simms, @maccosmetics, Rex Features, Alyssa Greenberg