Every year Pantone names a new "color of the year" and this year, the proud bearer of that title is "Radiant Orchid" - described as a "harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones". While this shade is completely approachable when it comes to incorporating it into your home, it's a different story when it comes to your makeup routine. Here are a few ways you can add the shade into your repertoire with ease.
Fuchsia lips can seem a little brash and loud for those of us not as comfortable with color. Benefit's Lollitint, a candy orchid stain, solves that dilemma with color you can layer as little or as much as you want on lips and cheeks. Top this with a clear gloss for long lasting, natural looking lip color packed with shine.
If you are a little bolder with your lip color choices, pucker up and glide Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Volupte Shine in #5 Fuchsia in Excess across your lips. This formula is shiny, smooth and buttery on the lips with softening ingredients that soothe lips as you wear the lip color. The formula is also well pigmented so you can dab on the color for a casual look or pack it on for more intensity.
Embrace the trend with an eyeshadow duo that is both safe and a little adventurous. This NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Sugarland has a beautiful fuchsia shade that gives a light wash of color on the lids or a nice pop of color along your lash line when used wet as a liner. The bonus warm apricot shade in the duo is also a great shade on its own that lends itself nicely to a neutral look.
If a smoky eye with a gorgeous nude lip is more your speed, try Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Orchid. The eyeshadow stick is super easy to apply and can be used on its own for a little purple smoke or as a base for a more intense look. It blends out beautifully if you want a sheerer look and the long wearing formula will help keep you crease free longer.
When it comes to nails, I like to go all out but I know there are times when a more muted, subdued tone is also a great look, if not more appropriate. Butter London's Molly Coddled is a great option if full tilt fuchsia is outside of your comfort zone. This creamy, opaque lavender will look great on tips and toes this spring.
One of my favorite shades is Deborah Lippmann's Between the Sheets. It is also a creamy and opaque shade only this time in a rich fuchsia that just screams sexy on the nail. It is the kind of shade every woman needs in her nail arsenal.
What is all this pretty makeup worth if you don't have a pretty makeup bag to give it a home when you're on the go? As a beauty connoisseur, I like to pick out a new makeup bag every year. This year's splurge is this small Tory Burch Robinson in Royal Fuchsia. It is simple, sleek and adorned with the Tory Burch logo we all love so much and the best part is this shade matches other Tory Burch leather accessories.