Forget about the burgundy, muted pastels and fuchsia which have dominated 2012, because Pantone have just announced that emerald is set to be the colour of 2013. And well, it’s not huge surprise; the shade was certainly a great hit backstage at the spring/summer 2013 shows. At Stella McCartney emerald liner was swept across the lower lash line, while the Christian Dior models sported rich emerald pigments on crystal-encrusted lids. And don’t even get us started on the matching emerald shadow and nails at Kenzo.
"Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal, and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "This powerful and appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors." And what’s not to love about all of the above?
When it comes to beauty however, we’d be prepared to put money on there being a fair few of you who find emerald makeup more than a little intimidating. As it happens however, this shade is far more wearable than one would think. “Emeralds are one of my favourite gem stones because they look fabulous on any skin tone,” explains Grazia beauty editor Lauren Murdoch Smith. “And the same goes for emerald makeup; it enhances even the palest skin due to its warm undertones and is far more flattering than mint green. Worn as makeup it rather conveniently replicates this really decadent jewel effect too.”
Emerald shy? Dip a hesitant toe into the trend and work an emerald nail instead… Check out our gallery of emerald-spiration above.