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Color Theory



Pantone, the authority on color, announced today that the shade of 2014 is Radiant Orchid, referring to it as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.” We saw this hue pop up on many a Spring runway, in both the clothes and the makeup (specifically, the acidic pastel pouts seen at Prabal Gurung). But if you’re looking for a more subtle way to try the trend, opt for a sheer wash of pigment (like Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Provocative and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes in Violine Out of Control) or a more pigmented gloss (such as MAC Cosmetics Cremesheen Glass in Narcissus). To capitalize on the color wave, Benefit even pushed up the release of its newest lip-and-cheek stain (originally scheduled to launch in January 2014), Lollitint, which lends a “candy orchid” flush to both your cheeks and lips. The brand’s staff obviously has a crystal ball in their San Francisco office, because they even had the flower of the moment pinned to their mood board (shown below). We tangoed with tangerine in 2013, but in the months ahead, it appears that purple is set to reign.



Photo: Ivan Lattuada /; Courtesy of Benefit

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