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How to wear radiant orchid

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Last year Pantone's color of the year was Emerald; 2014's color is Radiant Orchid. Emerald was not as popular in cosmetics as it was fashion until the holiday jewel tone trend came around. Radiant Orchid on the other hand is making a splash in both fashion and beauty already. Creating a cosmetic look with almost any shade of violet can prove difficult the trick is to know how much purple your skin tone can carry. Fair skinned with blue eyes you can apply purple almost anywhere, but the eyes have it. Try a medium purple smokey eye for an evening look. Medium skin tones should play up a gray or silver eye look by using a purple eyeliner or mascara. Dark skinned beauties can choose to play up their eyes with a brighter purple or focus on their lips with a radiant orchid lip gloss. Not sure if you're daring enough to try out the color on your face but still want to incorporate it with your look? No problem, several nail polish brands have developed radiant orchid inspired nail colors that anyone can pull off.

Your radiant orchid makeup look can finish off a number of styles from a little black dress to a gray three piece suit. Pair a gray top with red accent with a sleek black pant, and your favorite eyeshadow in radiant orchid. A sequined dark forest green dress goes well with a purple smokey eye and nude lips. Combine a pale dusty rose lace blouse with pearls and light purple lips will make a classic vintage look pop.

Radiant Orchid Beauty
Radiant Orchid Beauty Photo: andrewrennie via flickr

Radiant Orchid Beauty

This radiant orchid inspired look features a smokey eye.  Products that can be used to achieve this look are:

e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Soiree

e.l.f. Essential Duo Eyeshadow in Berry Mix

Radiant Orchid Nail Art
Radiant Orchid Nail Art Photo: Eye Candy Nails Nic Senior via flicr

Radiant Orchid Nail Art

Violet, pink, and radiant orchid nail art is a fun way to incorporate this year's color into an every day look.

Products that can be used to achieve this nail art are e.l.f. Essential Nail Polish in Lilac, Royal Purple, and Pot of Gold.

Dark Purple Polish enhances Radiant Orchid
Dark Purple Polish enhances Radiant Orchid Photo: nicer than air via flickr

Dark Purple Polish enhances Radiant Orchid

A darker shade of purple that will enhance any radiant orchid combination can be found through NYC cosmetics with In a New York Minute quick dry polish in Prince Street.

Radiant Orchid Eyes
Radiant Orchid Eyes Photo: pumpkincat210 via flickr

Radiant Orchid Eyes

A second option for framing your eyes with radiant orchid.  Use the following products to complete this look:

IndividualEyes Custom Compact in Smokey Greens Don't let the name confuse you although it says "greens" its purple shades meant for green eyes although it works nicely for blue and brown as well.

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