You know how some people wait with bated breathe to see who will be the next contestants on "Dancing With the Stars" or which designer decides to hawk their wares at Target next? I do the same thing with Pantone's color of the year—I anxiously wait for the new hue announcement. Why the hubbub over a color? Welllllll, the Pantone color of the year has the ability to change the course of makeup trends—just when you thought purple would be in, Pantone flips the script. To help you be ahead of the game, we asked a few beauty experts to tell us how to wear the 2012 Pantone shade—Tangerine Tango.
On cheeks and eyes...
"When wearing a hot color like tangerine, pick one feature and run with it. A sheer pop on the cheeks is an easy ways to interpret the trend. If you're feeling adventurous, try a tangerine eyeliner (top lash line only.) With such a fun focal shade, keep the rest of your makeup clean and simple."
— Ashleigh Ciucci, New York City makeup artistOn nails...
"It will look terrific on short to medium length nails! This color could be playful and sexy yet very feminine and sophisticated/classic, so I recommend that you use a round-ish shape with this. In general, I like to use different colors to contrast between the hands and toes, but in this case you can match this color on your hands and toes for maximum effect."
— Jin Soon Choi, celebrity manicuristOn lips...
"To wear this color as a lipstick, perfect skin with concealer and foundation as needed. Apply the lip color in a matte, velvet, or cream finish. Line the eyes with black pencil, smudge softly, and apply lots of mascara. For the more 'fashion forward' look, apply matte bronzer to the cheeks, and softly powder the forehead and nose. For the 'pop star' look a la Nicki Minaj, add lip gloss and a shimmer on the apples of the cheeks."
— Andrew Sotomayor, celebrity makeup artist