Posts Tagged ‘Green’

April 6, 2013 9:00 am

How to Wear Green Eyeshadow

After Pantone announced Emerald Green as its “Color of the Year” for 2013, beauty and makeup lovers everywhere started looking for ways to incorporate it into their makeup routines. Green can be a tricky color to pull off, and Emerald Green can be even trickier. Read on to learn how to wear green eyeshadow and how to add just a flash of color while keeping your overall makeup in-check.

1. Less is More

With any bright color, it’s so important to remember that less is more. There’s nothing that will kill a look quite as easily, or as quickly, as too much color. Sure, an over-the-top look might suit certain environments and occasions, but chances are that it’s not quite what you’re looking for when it comes to an evening out. You want to grab people’s attention for the right reasons.

2. Use Complementary Colors

We love Sephora + Pantone Universe eyeshadow trio because it gives you three gorgeous shades to use when building your look-at-me look. We’d use this trio to do the following: apply the silver all over the lid, create shadow in the crease with the deep blue, and add a flash of green to the inner corner. If you want to show off more green, extend the green from the inner corner into the first 1/3 of your lid. Just remember, don’t venture too far up and certainly stay beneath the crease!

3. Blend

Color shows off bad blending far more than a neutral shadow, so blend as much as possible. Use a fluffy brush and go over where the colors meet and where the shadow ends to ensure there are no visible start-and-stop marks or creases.

4. Keep the Rest Neutral

If you’re rocking brightly colored eyeshadow, skip the bold blush and/or lip. With the Sephora + Pantone Universe eyeshadows, we’d go for a peachy blush that’s fairly close to the wearer’s skin tone. You don’t want anything too dark or too bright. For lips, we’d recommend a neutral lipstick or high shine gloss.


What do you think of our tips? Feel free to comment with your own suggestions and tips! We’d love to hear them.


January 28, 2013 6:15 pm

Liven Up Your Home

You may have already heard, but emerald is the color of 2013. Here at QC Design School, we’re pretty excited to start seeing this bright, fresh color more often. Although green is often considered a calming, earthy tone, emerald is vibrant enough to stand out…especially in your home decor. Have you figured out how to add this gorgeous trend to your own space? Browse through the following photos for some great, emerald green ideas!

Are you incorporating emerald in your designs this year? Are you waiting to see if this trend is here to stay? Let us know on our Facebook page!

The green against white in this dining room set works so well together. In fact, we’ve been seeing this color combination all over the design blogs, and we love how it makes the green pop! A simple chair is a great place to try out a new trend, because it can be easily and inexpensively repainted if you get tired of this bold color. The cleverest aspect of this design is the touch of tree branch on the backs of the white chairs. It’s a great way to bring back the earthy element to the green, but in a super modern way.

This example is certainly more permanent than the last – wallpaper is notoriously difficult to remove, although many of the newer varieties are getting easier. Although this might not be the best place to try out a new trend, we have to admit that we love it anyway. The print is so delicate that it’s not overwhelming; it would look great as an accent wall to a home office.

Emerald + chevron = perfection. This design would actually be very simple to create on your own, with some good quality painter’s tape and a ruler. You could have some extra fun with this design by adding some funky drawer knobs.

We can only imagine how beautifully the light would play off this emerald glass and crystal chandelier. Often people think that with a classic piece like a chandelier or furniture, you have to choose classic, neutral colors. But choosing a bold shade can add so much more drama and interest to a room. It’s oh so elegant, and very fun.

Are you bold enough to go green all over? Surely we’ll start seeing some green walls this year. Since green is said to evoke feelings of wealth, luxury, and imagination, it might not be such a bad idea to surround yourself with this hue. This particular design even brings the color up to the ceiling! While it may not be for everyone, we’re loving the way the glossy finish of this paint brings such brightness to the room.