Pantone named Radiant Orchid the color of the year for 2014.
I couldn’t be more pleased about that! I love the rich lavender shade — it makes me excited for spring!
Sometimes, though, that can be a difficult color to pull off when it comes to makeup. Give me an orchid-colored sweater and I’ll be fine, but tell me I have to work an orchid shade into my cosmetics? I may need a minute to think about it.
For eye makeup, the shade pairs beautifully with browns and grays. And as a lip color? You can’t go wrong! Just make sure you don’t go overboard with wearing it as a makeup shade; too much orchid could end up dating your look a bit … if over-applied it can be reminiscent of the 1980s!
It won’t be hard to find orchid-inspired makeup now that Pantone made it official, but in case you need a starting point, check out the products below. Can’t get enough radiant orchid? You can also rock this shade in your hair… if you are brave enough.
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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour 2 of 7
Mix this beautiful lavender shade with a bronze or mocha brown and you'll have a stunning eye makeup look.
Formula X Nail Polish 3 of 7
This cheery orchid shade is just the right mixture of purple and pink.
Benefit Lollitint 4 of 7
Swipe this fluid along your cheekbones and lips for an orchid-inspired look.
Too Faced La Creme 5 of 7
A little bit darker, this violet hue is a beautiful berry color that's perfect for wintertime.
Marc Jacobs Plush Shadow 6 of 7
The hues in this palette known as "The Punk" are perfect for a rockstar makeup look.
Smashbox Primer 7 of 7
The orchid tone of this primer will balance out otherwise dull skin. Don't worry, it won't look as purple as it does in the bottle!