As Pantone Unveil ‘Radiant Orchid’ As The Official Colour for 2014 We Check Out The Top 10 Orchid-Inspired Beauty Buys

06 December 2013 by

Get ready to see a lot more of this cool lavender hue come 2014 (@pantone)

If you’ve been hibernating from the cold for the past 24 hours (we don’t blame you- it is very, very chilly) then a certain beauty headline might well have escaped your attention. Ready for it? Pantone have just unveiled their official colour for 2014 as radiant orchid. Us beauty ladies are beyond excited about this new hue and cannot wait to embrace this versatile shade on our nails, eyes, lips and cheeks come the New Year. In fact, on this bitter December afternoon, we’re taking serious heart in the spring-likeness of this gorgeously floral shade. What’s more, some of Hollywood’s hottest have been sporting orchid lips and nails over the past few months, so we reckon this is one serious beauty trend for 2014. You read it here first!

A fuschia lipstick is a great way to work the look- we love! Left- Coco Rocha (Getty Images) and Right- Emily Rossum (Rex Images)

The likes of Coco Rocha, Emily Rossum and Selena Gomez have all been spied recently rocking some winning lilac hues and whether you chose to go for a full-on lavender lipstick, play things down with a mauve gloss or opt for a smudgy purple-lined eye, there really is a look for everyone. Although we were big fans of Emerald, last year’s Pantone colour, there’s just something about the freshness of this hue which has got us seriously excited. What’s more, Benefit have just unveiled their latest beauty offering for 2014, Lollitint, a gorgeous candy-orchid coloured lip and cheek tint, out February, which we highly suggest you stock up on for the ultimate orchid glow.

An orchid shade will really make cooler skin tones pop (Getty Images)

So before you jump in, what exactly is orchid? Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute describes it as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones which inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It’s a captivating colour… it’s a little different and it’s a little off the beaten path.” Us beauty ladies couldn’t agree more, and are already making plans to re-stock our make-up bags with this gorgeous hue. Bright and fresh without being too much of a wash-out pastel, this cool shade will make both eyes and cheeks pop (a la Beyoncé) and looks super-chic on nails too.

If you're ready to mix up your smokey eye then deep lavender hues are perfect for you (Getty Images)

Click through our gallery and check out our top 10 orchid beauty buys… Enjoy!


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