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Turn over a new leaf: exploring this season’s fresh green shades

If I had to pick one color to represent spring I’m sure I’d go with green. It’s the color of new leaves and grass and it’s the color that I picture whenever I smell fresh, clean air. To me, green stands for renewal (and also for the lime margaritas I’ll be sipping on some patio in another month or two).  If you’re looking for a way to liven up your makeup for spring then why not try an unexpected pop of green?

Fresh fingertips

One of the easiest ways to play around with green is on your fingertips. There was a time not so long ago when polish pretty much only came in shades of red, pink and purple. These days anything goes, green included. There are tons of shades to choose from. If you want something truly bright and springy then Maybelline Color Show in Go Go Green offers a vivid apple green with a hint of shimmer. For those who prefer a subtler green, Bossy Boots by Butter London gives a new perspective on a neutral nail. The pale pistachio hue is delicate and unusual at the same time.

Luminous eyes

Using green on your eyes is a great way to attract attention. Unlike browns, blues and grays, greens are a little bit surprising without being totally out there. Even better, they bring out all kinds of beautiful colors in eyes. Just find a shade that works with your skin tone and go from there. Try a light wash of color for an understated look or use a highly pigmented formula for a more striking effect. For an earthy green try L’Oreal La Couleur Infallible in Permanent Kaki. If you want a fresh green with a touch of sparkle then Covergirl Intense Shadowblast in Extreme Green may be the one for you. This waterproof shadow has a hint of gold shimmer and a built in primer. For a bold look try Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24hr cream gel shadow in Edgy Emerald. This shadow is for those who want something ultra long lasting and extremely concentrated. Those who are looking for a sparkle-free green should try Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in Matte Green, offering color in a smudge-proof pencil formula. To define eyes Clinique Quickliner in Intense Ivy gives you the option of a strong line or a smudged effect and Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Teal gives another opportunity to wear green on your eyes.

A surprising twist: green for lips

Yes, you can even experiment with green on your pucker. Lancome Color Fever Gloss in Green Petal is meant to represent the long undervalued greenery among the colorful flowers. How will the color translate on lips you ask? Well, in the tube it looks quite green (picture: shamrock shake). Don’t worry though, this gloss is said to be very wearable with a slight green shimmer suspended in a clear mint-greenish base, it gives lips a barely there green gleam.

So if spring isn’t kicking in as quickly as you would like or if you’re just stuck in a bit of a beauty rut and want to shake things up a little then a touch of green might help. Try a light hint or a bold pop – whatever you are comfortable with. A bit of green may be all you need to liven up your day and give your mood a boost. Just be sure to focus on one area; you don’t want people to think you’ve hauled out your wicked witch costume a couple of seasons too early.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing