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Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid picks for nails, lips, cheeks & eyes

Radiant Orchid

For those of you colour fanatics, Pantone’s annual Color of the Year is a serious affair.  If you aren’t familiar with Pantone, the colour giant is a global authority and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries.  Pantone also charts future colour direction and studies how colour influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions.

The Color of the Year is selected by colour influences, including the entertainment industry and films that are in production, travelling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, and other socio-economic conditions, as well as technology, textures, and more.  As a result, the Color of the Year influences product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, cosmetics, interior design, and more.  So for those clients asking for orchid-coloured ends this season?  Yeah, that wasn’t just a coincidence.

The 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224), a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.  The shade is made up of an assortment of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones that “emanates great joy, love, and health.”

According to the Pantone press release for the shade, Radiant Orchid for beauty enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic.  Blending cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye, and skin tones.

Since we are mad for everything pink and purple, we were “dye”ing when we heard that Radiant Orchid was chosen as Color of the Year.  So, in true Clippings fashion, we just had to find all our favourite picks for cheeks, nails, lips, and eyes.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Marie-Galante $34 at Sephora
Essie nail polish in Play Date – $9.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer in Berried Under$7.49 at
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar in Hoochie$18 at Sephora
Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint Cheek/Lip Stain $30 at Sephora
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken $30 at Sephora
Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick – $18 at Sephora