In true Pantone 2014 Color of the Year form, Radiant Orchid has swooped in and hogged the spotlight. From home décor to hair color, we’ve seen the flowery blend of fuchsia and purple pop up just about everywhere—including our martini glass (and yes, it was delicious). Don’t get us wrong; we love a Radiant Orchid mani as much as the next girl, but there are a few other hues from Pantone’s Color Report Spring 2014 that deserve some recognition and wear time. Watch out, Radiant Orchid, because Dazzling Blue, Celosia Orange, Violet Tulip, Hemlock and Placid Blue are coming for you.
Blue eyeliner is making a big comeback this year (then again, did it ever really leave?). Go graphic with your winged eyeliner and opt for a Dazzling Blue hue like Lancôme Artliner 24H in Sapphire, Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Cobalt or L’Oréal Colour Riche Eyeliner in Cobalt.
Orange lipstick seems to surface every spring. If you haven’t tried the trend yet, now is the time. Look for a bright Celosia Orange like Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Electric Orange, Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Clementine or Lancôme Rouge in Love in Madame Tulipe.
Violet Tulip, Hemlock and Placid Blue
Pastel shadows have a fresh spring feel and their muted tones make them totally wearable—even in February, despite spring’s actual arrival being months away. All you need is a light wash across the lid. Take a break from Radiant Orchid and go with a Violet Tulip tint like Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow in 16. Make it minty with BareMinerals Eyecolor in Bamboo. Or stick with a soft Placid Blue like Yves Saint Laurent Ombre Solo in Mogador Blue.
Which Pantone spring shade are you most excited to wear? Tell us how you plan to wear it below!
Photos: Lancôme, Laura Mercier, L’Oréal, Maybelline, Bite Beauty, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Bare Minerals