How To Wear Pantone 2014 Color Of The Year – Radiant Orchid

After Tangerine Tango and Emerald, the Pantone 2014 Color Of The Year is Radiant Orchid, a purple with fuchsia, purple and pink undertones that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health”.

Pantone 2014 Color Of The Year - Radiant Orchid

According to the renowned color authority, Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones enliven the skin, producing a healthy glow that is flatting to many hair, eye and skin tones. It also makes all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic.

Tips On Rocking Radiant Orchid

* When using purple on the eyes, the sky is the limit! Pantone suggests pairing it with sister shades of lavender, purple and pink. You can also try neutrals like gold, bronze and taupe for a fool-proof look; blue, teal, green or even contrasting shades like yellow for a pop of color; or simply smoke it up with navy, deep charcoal or black. Need examples? Check out my Jason Wu inspired look or these great purple eye looks.

* Wearing purple on the eyes can make them appear swollen. Go heavier on the liner or mascara if necessary and stay away from shadows with too much red undertones.

* As a blush, purple is great for perking up the complexion, especially those with sallow and olive undertones. Lighter skintones should stick to pale lavenders while medium to dark skintones can pull off violets and more vibrant colors.

* Who says you can’t wear purple on the lips? Light lilac colors (like below) give a gorgeous, girly look while bright orchids can instantly make a statement. See these purple lip looks for more examples.

Purple lipstick runway look for Spring 2014

Product Recs

1. NARS Cinematic Eyeshadow in Rage
2. OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie
Benefit Lollitint
4. MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour in Evening Stroll (relaunching Spring 2014)
5. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Orchid
6. butter LONDON Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer

Pantone 2014 Radiant Orchid Makeup Products

Are you a fan of purple? How do you wear the color?

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I just recently dyed my hair purple, right before I found out colour of the year. Convinced I am psychic. Great post – loving lilac lips at the moment too!

    Kate Xx

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