Blue may be the makeup shade of the moment for eyes on the runway. But emerald is starting to ignite peepers, too, with Christian Dior using a bright shade all over lids at its spring 2013 ready-to-wear show and Atelier Versace going for green liner at its recent haute couture presentation. Color authority Pantone is also placing its bets on the jewel tone, heralding it as the hue of the year. We couldn’t be happier. Emerald complements all skin tones, makes brown eyes especially hypnotizing and can easily be incorporated into your look. “It’s all about finding the right intensity and finish,” explains makeup artist Melissa Silver. Here she breaks down three ways to wear emerald on your eyes.

Polished Swipe of Liner

For an emerald touch—and an alternative to de rigueur black—wear a swipe of green eyeliner. You can opt for either a subtle, thin line or a bold, thicker line for more of a statement. “To make the liner really stand out, keep the rest of the eye neutral and wear a soft cheek and lip,” Silver says. Try: Lancôme Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Forest for a thinner accent or Avon Glimmersticks Eyeliner in Emerald for a thick stripe.

Wash of Color

To fully embrace the emerald trend, try an allover wash of pure green pigment, using a cream-based eye shadow, like Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Edgy Emerald. Using the tip of your ring finger, dip it into the color and blend it across your lids. ”For a more fashion-forward look, reapply the shadow to create a bolder shade and finish with several coats of mascara,” Silver says. Allow the shadow to dry in between coats to prevent the cream formula from creasing. “I like to finish this look with a punchy pink or peach lip,” Silver adds.

New Alternative to the Smoky Eye

For variations on a theme, and an ideal look for a night out, use a few monochromatic shades of emerald along with complementary colors to create a smoky eye. Try: YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres in Garden of Eden. ”Playing with different intensities, you can make a smoky eye with the deepest shade on your lid and gradually move to the lighter shade on your brow bone,” Silver says. Don’t forget to blend the hues. For the rest of your look, add bronzer to your cheekbones and a touch of golden lip gloss.

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