Ten-hut! Members of the neutral eyeshadow makeup army, fall in, and salute the newest member of our ranks. Her codename: army green.
Also known as olive, who, I know, you may have seen around base last summer, but she’s also trained as a fully functional neutral, like agents beige, taupe and tan.
Let’s be real. Woman cannot live on brown shadow alone. At some point, even our favorite neutrals, as classic and timeless as they are, need refreshing, and the brass feels that army green eyeshadow is the new way to go.
My favorite army green finishes are satins and shimmers, but I think some of the mattes are beautiful too. But then, some of them (the mattes) also tend to fall a little flat, or end up being difficult to blend. I’m a mattes girl through and through, but gimme a satin or shimmery army green any day of the week.
The trick is finding the right finish for you. In my case, I like shimmers that don’t showcase my fine lines, and I don’t want a formula that’s going to give me any grief (also known as patchiness and fallout), because oy! — I already get enough of that from mah cat.
(Incidentally, he’s been so naughty lately! At night he scratches the stairs, noisily fiddles with cabinets and knocks things off shelves onto the floor.)
The army greens in the new $58 Hourglass Modernest Eyeshadow Palette in Color Field are so my jam.
One of seven new Hourglass powder eyeshadow quints coming this spring, Color Field has two army greens you need to get on yo’ lids LIKE RIGHT NOW.
The lighter one has golden pearl, and the darker one is richer and filled with flecks of micro golden glitter. Both are so completely forgiving on my lids that they make me feel like 29-year-old Karen, the wee lass she was… 🙂
Color Field also contains a matte beige (which is kind of like a powder eyeshadow version of MAC Painterly Paint Pot), a neutral shimmery gold, and a neutral mid-toned tan.
Last weekend Color Field and I had a blast. Picture a draped dress that effortlessly flows in all the right places, and these shadows are like that.
The shades fluidly transition into each other with hardly any fallout and last all day long with primer.
I’ve already made room in my Hourglass drawer for more of the seven Modernist palettes, which are available now online for VIB Rouge members, and soon to be available for errryone else.
The new Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58 US, $67 CAD)
- Coming soon (this month), en route to the Hourglass permanent line at Barneys New York stores, Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora, Space NK and hourglasscosmetics.com
- Seven completely new palettes, each with five powder eyeshadows in a coordinating mix of shimmers and mattes…
- Atmosphere: a cool neutral palette with a pale ivory, a pale pink, a taupe, an espresso and a charcoal
- Monochrome: a rosy palette with a warm ivory, a rosy nude, a peony pink, a light mauve and a dark chocolate
- Exposure: a plummy palette with a champagne, an aubergine, a bronze, a blackish violet and a lilac
- Graphite: a smokey palette with a warm ivory, a coppery gold, a deep brown, a gun metal and a silver
- Color Field: an olive palette with a warm ivory, a champagne, a taupe-ish brown, a golden army green and a dark army green (LOVE)
- Obscura: an earth-toned palette with a cream, a smokey brown, a rosy gold, a coffee and a cool bronze
- Infinity: a warm neutral palette with a warm ivory, a dusty rose, a bronzed mauve, a cool taupe and a dark cocoa
So what does one wear with army green eyeshadow?
Well, for starters, try pairing it with other earth-toned eyeshadows, perhaps like the brown shadows in the Hourglass Obscura palette.
For the makeup I’m wearing here, I mixed the brown and beige shades from Obscura, which is one of the other new Hourglass Modernist palettes, and swept them into the crease. Then I patted the army greens from Color Field on my lids.
Nudes or brights should work well on the lips because of army green’s awesome versatility.
A few lip ideas to try…
1. A matte neutral pinkish beige
2. A bright reddish coral
3. A bright hot pink
4. A pinkish coral
Army green also pairs well with gold jewelry, so if you’ve got a pretty pair of dangly gold chandeliers, bust those bad boys out! 🙂 The ones I’m wearing here are the Kinetic Tear Earrings by Alexis Bittar.
I picked them up to wear to the Emmys last August, and now they’re some of my staple pieces — dressy, but not stuffy. Lightweight, and not noisy or jangly, they go with everything from fancy red carpet dresses to white tees.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,