Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Beauty Edition

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What’s killer on runways and stellar on walls, but best on eyes, lips and nails? It could only be Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. A gorgeous, pink-tinged purple that works everywhere, it’s no wonder we prefer it to 2013’s Emerald. Read on to discover products in this splendid shade that will work to light up your look.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 in The Rebel
The easiest way to don this tone is by sweeping it on the eyes. In Marc Jacobs’ chic black case, you’ll find an orchid tone to put on the lids, a darker purple for your crease, and even a shimmery champagne hue for highlighting your brows and inner corners. Finish with inky black mascara, and voila! Totally on-trend.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 in The Rebel

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie
If you haven’t picked up a Lip Tar yet, you’re missing out. And why not try it in the Color of the Year? The great thing about this product is that the tiniest bit goes a long way – simply dot your finger with it and use the included lip brush to swipe it on. Color too intense? Lip Tars were made for mixing, so you can darken or lighten the shade with ease by swirling it with another tone. Or, see the Revlon lip product below.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling
We could go on and on and on about these Balm Stains. The colors are gorgeous and sheer, and seem to last a lifetime. One swipe of this color and you’ll feel edgy-yet-sophisticated all day. Oh, and your lips will be magically moisturized too. You’re welcome.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling

Deborah Lippmann Crème Nail Color in Between The Sheets
This shade is described on the Deborah Lippmann website as “tantalizing” – who could disagree? These polishes are known for their quality; they’re insanely smooth to brush on, and usually only one coat does the trick. We won’t blame you if you decide to pick up another color… or five.

Deborah Lippmann Crème Nail Color in Between The Sheets

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Thrust
You read that right: purple blush. Don’t be scared, though! This powder will give you the sexiest, boldest flush. Use a contour brush to sweep the shade over your cheekbones and up to your temples, and top with a highlighting powder. One quick warning: if you wear this color on your cheeks, avoid it on your lips and eyes. The goal is to glow, not look sickly!

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Thrust

Kate Foster is a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated titles: writer. Blogger. Beauty and fashion junkie. Cat devotee. Art history buff. Harry Potter nerd. Cheesy 90's television fan. Sometimes-gamer. Seasonal sculptor. Mostly she’s a music enthusiast. While her heart and soul belong to 50's and 60's crooners like Etta James, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, one shouldn’t be surprised to find her listening to Lady Gaga or Jay-Z. Most days, though, she’s in an indie-punk mood somewhere in between - she counts the Pixies, the White Stripes, M83, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs as a few of her favorites. And while you’ll typically see her bobbing her head calmly at concerts, occasionally she pulls out all the stops for bands like the Black Lips. She treasures her bruises like a child. After graduating from the University of Georgia with degrees in Journalism and Art History, Kate aspires to move to New York City. There, she hopes to continue to write. She also plans on pretending to understand the art at MoMA and stuffing her face with cronuts and one dollar pizza. Kate’s heroes range from Oscar de la Renta and Mindy Kaling to Ernest Hemingway and Rupert Giles. She practically inhales iced coffee on a daily basis. Her favorite color is yellow, and like Buddy the Elf, she considers candy a major food group. She has dreams almost every night involving the coolest architecture and interior design, and has no idea what it means. Seriously, what does that mean?!

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