Makeover Your Makeup With Pantone’s Color of 2014: Radiant Orchid

Pantone Radiant Orchid

Pantone Radiant Orchid

Last year, we were all over Pantone’s Color of the Year: Emerald (or 17-5641 for those design nerds out there). We saw it everywhere — Raf Simons, Prabal Gurung and Rachel Roy were just a few of the designers that showed green gowns, coats and more and we saw the hue on shoes, nail polish and even bags and sunglasses got the emerald treatment. But like all good things, the reign of emerald is over and for 2014, the forces that be at Pantone have declared that next year’s color as Radiant Orchid.

According to Leatrice Eiseman at Pantone, the lilac hue is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones…it is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” So while you’re looking to add a few splashes of Radiant Orchid to your wardrobe (let’s just point out that Prabal showed plenty in his last collection, so he’s on top of his color game), start small and give your makeup bag a few touches of the new color of the year. We’ve picked our favorites, which you can integrate in your daily routine on your eyes, cheeks, nails and more.

Benefit Cosmetics Hydra-Smooth Lip Color

Benefit Cosmetics Hydra-Smooth Lip Color

Benefit Cosmetics Hydra-Smooth Lip Color

There’s no easy way to wear purple on your lips — it either looks chalky, costumey or just weird, trust us — but thanks to Radiant Orchid’s pink undertones, it’s easier to find a flattering shade of purple-tinged pink that you can wear without a problem at all. We’re smitten over the formula of the Benefit Cosmetics Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Talk Flirty ($19). A triple threat of shea, mango butter and vitamin E come together for a moisturizing and easy-to-wear formulation that’s long-wearing and comfortable. The initial release of 10 shades are meant to be universally flattering, so even if you don’t opt for the Color of the Year, you’re sure to find another shade to fall for.

Available at Sephora.

Illamasqua Powder Blusher

Illamasqua Powder Blusher

Illamasqua Powder Blusher

There are certain brands that you might overlook because their campaigns and displays might be a bit too over-the-top. Illamasqua is one of the lines we often skip at Sephora, but if you give the brand a chance, you’ll find that it’s where girls that are serious about makeup flock. The Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Morale ($26) is deeply pigmented, comes in a huge compact that should last you a lifetime (or two) and blends out effortlessly, even if you opt for a bold shade like Morale. The softly shimmering shade is a great, subtle way to add some of 2014’s Radiant Orchid into your routine.

Available at Sephora.

Formula X Gemini

Formula X Gemini

Formula X for Sephora Nail Lacquer

One of the easiest ways to test out a new color (whether it holds the honor of Color of the Year or not) is on nail polish. The new Formula X Nail Lacquer in Gemini ($10.50) has been a hit at Sephora thanks to a long-wearing formula as well as a mind-boggling selection of colors that run the gamut from traditional creams to unique glitter topcoats and even nail art-ready special effects polishes. Gemini, a warm pink lilac, is a dead ringer for Radiant Orchid, so get a jumpstart on the trend by flashing this fresh mani at a holiday party or stow it away for warmer weather next spring.

Available at Sephora.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

Clinique’s Chubby Stick formula for lips was so popular that the brand expanded the user-friendly Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes ($17). The range includes soft, shimmering shades for eyes and includes a pearly purple shade that’s great for all eye colors and will look appropriate long after a new Color of the Year is named in 2014. We love how easy it is to use these pencils (and there’s no sharpening necessary thanks to a twist-up mechanism) and they’re super blendable thanks to a creamy formula. No brushes necessary — just use your fingertips to blend out a perfect smoky eye.

Available at Sephora.

Tom Ford Black Orchid

Tom Ford Black Orchid

Tom Ford Black Orchid

For a more sultry way to fête the Color of the Year, spray on a touch of Tom Ford Black Orchid ($110-155). It’s hard to believe that it’s been out for seven years, but the enchanting eau became an instant classic when Ford released it in ’06. It’s a great, warm winter scent that’ll impress those in the know — the scent is instantly recognizable — and takes inspiration from rare orchids (radiant or not). The fragrance itself is a heady mix of juicy, ripe fruit notes, patchouli and vanilla and we’re not exaggerating when we say it’ll last for days with just one spray. Less is definitely more, so celebrate Radiant Orchid with restraint if you’re opting to put on the spritz.

Available at Nordstrom.

Images courtesy Sephora and Nordstrom

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