Go Glam with Pantone’s Colour of the Year: Emerald Green

The market has been saturated with a range of emerald green beauty products; here are the ones we give the green light to

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Embrace emerald: from makeup to skincare to beauty accessories, you’ll find options for every look and any budget

Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year, Emerald Green (17-5641), has ushered in a bevy of brilliant beauty products. Described as, “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A colour of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony,” green is a colour we naturally favour. The most common colour detected by the human eye; it’s everywhere in nature. And there’s certainly nothing like a flash of green on the eyes, nails or lashes to instantly add a little zip to your look. It’s both dramatic and comforting and it translates beautifully into fashion and beauty.

I believe everyone can wear green – it’s just a matter of finding the right fit, but if the thought makes you a little green around the gills, start with baby steps and indulge in some eye-catching accessories that will let you embrace this colour trend without leaving your comfort zone. Here are our top 15 picks.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Colour Grid Shadow Block

These beautifully packaged acrylic blocks provide three colour-coordinating shadows, featuring various shades of Emerald Green.

As shown in the image above, the trios are available in these combinations: BIONIC (Emerald, White Alyssum, Crown), ELEMENTAL (Emerald shimmer, Appleblossom, Camel) and ECLIPSED (Emerald glitter, Amberlight, Olivine). Everything you need to make your eyes gorgeously green, and others just green with envy.

Available at Sephora.

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CND Shellac Nail Polish, Pretty Poison

Green your thumbs, and more, with fingers tipped with Shellac’s Pretty Poison, a deep green shimmer. This is the shade of green that seems to flatter all skin tones. You’ll find yourself gesticulating a lot more as you show off your gorgeously painted, chip-free nails.

Available at salons that offer CND Shellac, such as Frilly Lilly, starting at $40.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes, Mighty Moss

Clinique’s newest product to join the Chubby Stick family is a Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes.

There’s nothing easier or more foolproof than cream eyeshadows you can apply with your fingertips.And these new chubby sticks allow you to effortlessly sweep colour onto your lids. The Mighty Moss colour will give your lids a sheer (but buildable) wash of green, flattering for most eye colours.

These chubby sticks are long-wearing, non-creasing, infused with Vitamin E, ophthalmologist tested, safe for contact lens wearers, and allergy tested and 100% fragrance-free.

Available online and at Clinique counters nationwide, $19.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Colour Contour Face Brush Set

For a daily dose of Emerald Green without changing your usual makeup routine, look no further than this beautiful eight-piece makeup brush set. The brushes are teddy-bear soft and housed in a modern Emerald Green folio case that serves as both storage and display – perfect for when you need to travel.

This set contains a fan brush, a contour brush, a crease brush, a large eye shadow brush, a cream eye shadow brush, domed smudge brush, an angled liner brush, a short smudge brush, and a brush holder.

Available at Sephora, $82, limited edition.

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SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel

SkinCeuticals’ Phyto Corrective Gel is a brilliant grass-green serum that looks like liquid emeralds in a bottle. Not just pretty, it’s potent as well.

SkinCeuticals takes skincare seriously and this mighty green elixir will soothe your inflamed skin, helping to rejuvenate injured areas and neutralize redness. Naturally, this oil-free gel is a favourite for those recovering from procedures but it’s also wonderfully soothing and effective for everyday use for anyone with sensitive or problematic skin.

SkinCeuticals is available through selected distribution channels via dispensing doctors and medical spas such as Project SkinMDin Vancouver. For store locator please visitwww.skinceuticals.com/canada, $65/30ml.

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Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam Eyeliner, Vert

For an instant shot of Emerald intensity around the eyes, you can’t beat Lise Watier’s 24 Hrs Glam Eyeliner.

This waterproof liquid liner is bright green with micro-glitter. It goes on easily and precisely thanks to the foam-tip applicator, allowing you to highlight your eyes with a line as finely discreet or as boldly daring as you wish.

Available at Lise Watier and in drugstores, $21.

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Method, Limited Edition Orla Kiely, Tomato Vine

Even your cleaning routine can jump on the Emerald Green bandwagon, with Method’s limited edition Orla Kiely gel handwash in Tomato Vine.

Wrapped up in an Orla Kiely signature graphic print, it’s pretty but also indisputably effective. And the scent will leave your hands smelling garden-green-fresh.

Tomato Vine is a luscious unisex fragrance that combines tomato leaf, basil, lemon and lime. Plus, it also makes for an excellent makeup brush cleanser.

Available from Method and at Target, $3.99, limited edition.

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shu uemura Depsea Spray, Mint

Not all facial mists are the same. shu uemura’s facial spraysdeliver the finest mists that are truly refreshing and uplifting.

Their mint spray is the perfect pick-me-up, either in the morning or mid-day. And because the mist is so fine, it’ll leave your makeup intact, if not looking better.

Available at Holt Renfrew, $32.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Colour Block Beauty Box

This gorgeous set of beauty boxes will make you smile every time you see them.

This sturdy case zips closed to keep all your brushes and makeup safe and organized, while the smaller inner case can be taken out if you need to bring a little colour to the office or the gym.

Available at Sephora, $48.

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YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils #21, Emerald Green

This blackened green mascara will darken your lashes with a sophisticated, subtle nod toward this colour trend.

It’s a lovely way to quietly add a bit of interest around your eyes without being overly dramatic. And, of course, it’s still the famed YSL faux cils formula so your lashes will be volumized, defined and lengthened, while staying soft and fluttery. And that’s always gorgeous, in any colour.

Available at Holt Renfrew and select Bay and Sephora boutiques, $36, limited edition.

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Lise Water Dramatique Intense Extra Smooth Liner, Vert

This new, pigment-rich automatic liner from Lise Watier will give your eyes a rich, smoky, green-hued smoulder.

This ultra-smooth liner slides on easily and its budge-proof waterproof formula makes it foolproof. It comes with a smudging tip to help you take a precise, day-time look to something more dramatic and intense for the evening.

Available at Lise Watier and in drugstores, $20.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Glitter False Eyelashes

Add the dazzling sparkle and energy of Emerald Green to your lashes with these false eyelashes from Sephora.

These vibrant lashes will make every flick and flutter of your eyes mesmerizing. The kit comes with adhesive so you’ve got everything you need in this box to make a fun and dramatic impression.

Available at Sephora, $12, limited edition.

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Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum

This aqua-green serum is Biotherm’s next-generation formula in the Deep Serum line, featuring pure thermal plankton cellular water and ultra-moisturising Mannose.

It promises to quench even the driest of skins, leaving your face radiant, plump and regenerated. This serum is also formulated with micro-pearls, diffusing light throughout the skin for a radiant complexion.

Available at department stores and drugstores beginning in April, $55.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Compact Mirror

What an easy way to frame your face with Emerald Green. Sephora’s compact mirror is perfect for quick, on-the-go touch-ups, and slim enough to keep in your purse or gym bag, yet pretty enough to pull out eve