Beauty guide: How to wear Radiant Orchid this spring

Stock up: Pantone selected Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year. Pantone, AP
Stock up: Pantone selected Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year.

Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year, is also the new hit shade of the beauty world. The pretty hue "enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic," according to the leading authority on the hues used in paint, fabrics and manufacturing.

It is certainly a beautiful color for spring, but I feel like it would be unfair not to acknowledge just how tricky it may be to incorporate into one's beauty routine. Smoky purple eye? Probably not. (Less might be more with this shade.) As with any trend, it’s all about reinterpretation and keeping it as close to your personal style as possible. Here are 7 spring beauty products to test out the popular color:


RGB nail polish, $18,
RGB keeps toxins like formaldehyde, DBP, and camphor out of their formulas, making the organic polishes safe to use during pregnancy. A purple pedi is a fun way to try out the trend without taking it over the top.

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CND shellac, $15.95,
As if from some perfect alternate dream universe, we now have the option to get gel manicures, an application that actually stays put for weeks at a time. (Thank you beauty gods.) A big step up from regular polish, CND has a purple gel for spring that passes the test of time without the scary filing removal process you get with some other brands. 

Blinc Blinc

Blinc mascara, $26,
Coating top lashes in a purple hue compliments green, blue and hazel eyes. Blinc boasts a no-smudge formula that actually lasts all day and does not budge until you wipe away with warm water.

Mac Mac

MAC creme color base, $20,
A multi-purpose creme is an easy way to move your look from the desk to dinner. Just store it in your bag when you’re on the go. Mac’s creme can be applied on the eyelids, cheekbones or lip. Just a touch will do the trick.

Sephora Sephora

Sephora+Pantone Universe liquid eyeliner, $18,
Part of the official beauty collaboration between Pantone Universe and Sephora, this liquid eyeliner can perk up eyes when paired with a balancing neutral palette, like a nude lip, natural complexion, and curled lashes with just a touch of mascara.


YSL Rogue Pur Couture lipstick, $35,
Bright lips definitely make a bold statement. In the beauty department, I like to pick a feature to focus on and stop while I’m ahead. Violet lips can be fun if you let the mouth take center stage. Consider passing on the heavy eye makeup and even opting for glasses instead.

Nars Nars

Nars duo eyeshadow, $35,
Subtle layering with a neutral tone keeps a bright color from overpowering your features. Nars duo eyeshadow comes with a soft pink to compliment the bright violet color.

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