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Beauty guide: How to wear Radiant Orchid this spring

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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:

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RGB nail polish, $18, RGB.com
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, nailsuperstore.com
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. 

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Blinc mascara, $26, blincinc.com
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.

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MAC creme color base, $20, maccosmetics.com
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.

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Sephora+Pantone Universe liquid eyeliner, $18, sephora.com
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.

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YSL Rogue Pur Couture lipstick, $35, yslbeautyus.com
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.

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Nars duo eyeshadow, $35, narscosmetics.com
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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    Pantone's Color of the Year 2015: Marsala -

    Now that Marsala has been announced as the 2015 Color of the Year by Pantone, the leading authority on the hues used in paint, fabrics and manufacturing, take a look back at the shades that made a splash in years prior.

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    "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement. “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily.”

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    2014: Radiant Orchid -

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    “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement. “It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

    Read more about this year's Radiant Orchid on Pantone

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    2013: Emerald -

    Viola Davis arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Her bold gown was named as one of the influences for Pantone's Color of the Year.

    Emerald, the first shade of green to be chosen since the Color of the Year began in 2000, symbolized prosperity, according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

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    2012: Tangerine Tango -

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    The reddish-orange hue of Tangerine Tango was meant to give consumers a shot of energy and boldness. "There's the element of encouragement with orange, it's building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in 2011.

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    2011: Honeysuckle -

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    Honeysuckle was chosen to help inspire consumers "to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor," according to a Pantone press release in 2010.

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    2010: Turquoise -

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    "Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing," Pantone announced in 2009.

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    2009: Mimosa -

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    Mimosa was seen as "warm and engaging", expressing hope and reassurance "in a time of economic uncertainty and political change," according to a Pantone press release in late 2008.

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    2008: Blue Iris -

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    "Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement," Pantone explained in 2007.

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