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6 Ways to Rock Pantone’s Radiant Orchid-Inspired Makeup

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
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    Mix this beautiful lavender shade with a bronze or mocha brown and you'll have a stunning eye makeup look.

    Buy it at Sephora for $26.00

  • Formula X Nail Polish 3 of 7
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    This cheery orchid shade is just the right mixture of purple and pink.

    Buy it at Sephora for $10.50

  • Benefit Lollitint 4 of 7
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    Swipe this fluid along your cheekbones and lips for an orchid-inspired look.

    Buy it at Sephora for $30.00

  • Too Faced La Creme 5 of 7
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    A little bit darker, this violet hue is a beautiful berry color that's perfect for wintertime.

    Buy it at Sephora for $22.00

  • Marc Jacobs Plush Shadow 6 of 7
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    The hues in this palette known as "The Punk" are perfect for a rockstar makeup look.

    Buy it at Sephora for $42.00

  • Smashbox Primer 7 of 7
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    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!

    Buy it at Sephora for $38.00

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