Radiant Orchid has been announced as the colour of 2014 by Pantone, which picked emerald green as the key hue of 2013.
Next year’s offering is described as “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple” and was decided taking into account shades which are due to influence fashion, art and travel.
The lilac/pink shade has come as a surprise to many, but executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, Leatrice Eiseman, believes if women give it a chance they won’t look back.
“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society,” she said in a statement.
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
Although the thought of wearing a pink jumper might not fill you with glee, when it comes to beauty we’re pretty certain Pantone are right on the money.
It seems early to be looking at the spring make-up collections but some of them are already being promoted, such as NARS Final Cut 2014. This range is mainly pink with a bit of peach thrown in and the standout product is the Adelaide Illuminator, which has a pretty pale blush hue shot through with sparkles. There is also a lavender blush called Sex Fantasy and satin lip pencils ranging from pale to bright pink.
Benefit has also got in on the action with its new offering Lollitint, which will hit stores in February. It’s a cheek and lip tint in pale pink which blends seamlessly and looks fresh when applied to the face.
“This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails,” Pantone advises of using its 2014 shade in the beauty sphere.
We aren’t sure about teaming the colour with red – purple eyes and a bold pout is a bit too much for us. Instead we would go for a pretty pink or lilac shade on the lips, which stars like Coco Rocha and Emmy Rossum have already been doing. For a modern feel, team your lavender lips with bold black eyeliner and a peach blush, or if you want a little more oomph go for a bronze eyeshadow instead.
Those who are all about the eyes could do worse than try out Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette in Velvet Orchids, a palette of purple-inspired shadows which will enable you to do a pale day look and a ritzy evening one.
Still unconvinced? Go for a nail enamel instead. Girl Trouble by MAC is a shimmering lilac, or if you want a more gothic vibe, try the deep purple Essie Sexy Divide.
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