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making faces :: spring flings [part 2]

yesterday, it snowed. for the next several days, the forecast is calling for temperatures warm enough that i think i might break out sandals for the first time this year. such is march in montreal.

actually, that's normally more like early may in montreal, but this year, mother nature is letting us at least get our toes wet [and warm] a little early. and, like the pre-programmed animal that i am, i have actually found myself reaching for spring green shades more than i have in previous months. 

ok, part of that is probably because green shades go really nicely with red hair. because the colours are opposites [or close to it, since red hair isn't actually red], they make each other look brighter and more intense to the observer. and i like anything that helps me look brighter and more intense. 

but new hair tint aside, green eye shadows do seem like a perfect adornment for spring and there are hundreds of them, many well worth the price. and having shared a few of my favourites. i tried to give as much of a variety as i could, but, really, i could go on for a while. and this isn't even counting limited edition shades that i've managed to collect over the years. i tried to stick mostly with greens i thought had a "springiness" to them, which is why you won't see khaki and olive tones [which really deserve a post of their own anyway], but since seasonality is in the eye of the beholder, when you wear these is entirely up to you. 

lucky green
mac cosmetics :: lucky green :: this really has to be one of the ultimate shades of spring green in the world. it's a rich fern shade with a dose of gold that deposits lots of shimmery colour without being overwhelmingly bright. it's the colour of those first buds that give you every strain of allergic reaction possible for a few weeks, of those first outcroppings of grass that struggle up through the mud. seriously, if i were going to recommend just one green shadow for spring, this would be the one. 

it took some time for "lucky green" to make its way into mac's permanent colour assortment, but after being available first as a limited edition and then through "pro" locations only, it's finally become a full-fledged part of the mac family.

mac cosmetics :: juxt :: this one has been a favourite of mine forever. it was one of the first greens i ever bought and i've re-purchased it several times since, because it's just such a versatile shade. it's not entirely dissimilar to "lucky green", but it's lighter and somewhat cooler. it has a lemony yellow sheen that distinguishes it from a lot of other light greens out there. it plays very nicely with other shades- blues, greens even purples if you can believe.

and now the bad news.

mac has this included in their list of items to be discontinued. as of today, it's still available on the canadian web site [along with other permanent colours slated for the trash compactor], but it could run out pretty much any time. if you're a regular mac customer, you might want to make a habit of checking the section of their web site labeled "goodbyes", since it'll let you know when products you like are getting their swan-song. grab this one while you can.

SEE THREE MORE AFTER THE BREAK!



periwinkle cardinal
rouge bunny rouge :: perwinkle cardinal :: what can i say about this one that i haven't already said? not much, really. it wasn't that long ago that it first came into my possession, but i've been reaching for it more and more, especially as the mercury has started to rise.

this is a bit of a different take on a "spring green", because it leans much bluer- with a lot of silver thrown in- than the first two, but it's such a lovely soft shade that it really does seem to suit the season. it has a sort of misty quality, like the first spring mornings. it's got loads of shimmer, but it doesn't emphasise flaws on the delicate eye lids, which is nice for those of us old enough that we worry we might be condemned to matte or near-matte textures forever. [perish the thought!]

because it's such a unique colour, i do find that "periwinkle cardinal" goes best with shades that are less dimensional. it sort of likes to be the star of the show. but personally, i have no trouble assigning it that role and neither should you!

slate green
yves st. laurent :: slate green :: a really nice, deep blue-toned green should not be as difficult to find as it is. this one, though, makes up for the lack of such shades with stylish aplomb. i originally reviewed this last year and very little has changed in terms of my opinion. it's a rich slightly-bluer-than-emerald green with blue shimmer and, for spring, makes an excellent option for adding depth to the crease or outer corners when used in conjunction with other shades of green [looks wonderful with periwinkle cardinal!].

but you don't need to stop there. it also looks beautiful with gold and peach shades, with neutrals and with light blues. have fun experimenting!

night porter
nars :: night porter :: sure, no one thinks of darker shades when you think of spring, but that doesn't mean you won't use them. you'll want something that gives a bit of shape and relief to your eyes, deepens colours in the right places and works as a liner when you need one.

and for that task, nothing is more spring-ready than nars' dark, sparkling green "night porter". you can read my original review, but to sum it up quickly: it's a blackened base with loads of green shimmer, enough that it doesn't just look like one more black shadow, but actually shows as green, which is a nice change. it's certainly one of nars' best formulas, because it's smooth, blends incredibly easily and then stays where it's put for hours. i consider this an absolute necessity if you're going to try a smoky green look, which is an excellent idea for a spring evening out. who says you can't still bring a little winter drama? no one, that's who.

those are five to get you started, but i have to emphasise that it's really only scratching the surface. i could have easily done a post just on mac greens, because they have a remarkable stable of beautiful ones. and i haven't even touched on inglot and makeup forever, whose range of available shades are enough to dazzle even the most seasoned cosmetic consumer.

so now that we've looked at some seasonal greens for eyes and nails, we'll be moving on to some ideas to pair them with for cheeks and lips... and no, although i'd love to, i won't be featuring green lipsticks or glosses. 

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