Making Monday Pretty: Radiant Orchid January 20 2014
As most of you know, this years Pantone colour of the year is Radiant Orchid, a beautiful, bright purple with fuchsia undertones which, according to Pantone, "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health". We know for a lot of us, this is a lot of colour and a bit daunting to add to our wardrobe, but luckily this colour makes a beautiful addition to our beauty routine. With Radiant Orchid's rosy undertones, this colour will enliven the skin, producing a healthy glow that is flatting to many hair, eye and skin tones. Below are a few easy ways that we love to wear this trendy colour.
1. Eyes. You can go all out like Scarlett Johansson did here, or just add a subtle wash of purple over your lid for everyday wear. Try to stay away from purples with too much red in them as they can make the eyes appear swollen, and always wear dark black mascara and a bit of dark liner to ground the colour. Our pick: Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick Eye Color in Orchid for it's easy to use stick applicator and the fact that it can be worn sheer or layered for a more intense look, available here.
2. Lips. Bold lips have been popular for a while now and this pinky-purple shade is a great update to the classic red and pink choices. Our picks: For an all out statement lip we love the super pigmented Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic's Lip Tar in Hoochie, just make sure your lips are well moisturized and have no dry patches before applying, available here. For a more subtle wash of colour, we love the hint of lavender in Nars' Large Than Life Lip Gloss in Born This Way, available here.
3. Cheeks. As a blush, purple is great for perking up the complexion, especially those with sallow and olive undertones. If you have a lighter skin tone, go for something in a pale lavender whereas those with medium to dark skin tones can go for something more vibrant. Our pick: Marc Jacob's Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken, a cool, mid toned lilac pink that suits many complexions depending on how heavily you apply it, available here.
4. Nails. This is such an easy way to add a bright colour such as Radiant Orchid into your life and there are a million shade variations to choose from which ensures you can find one to complement your skin tone. Our pick: Color Club Wicker Park as it isn't too pale or too dark, is a true pinky-purple orchid shade, and is bright without venturing into neon territory, available here.
Have a beautiful Monday!