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Step aside Emerald Green, Pantone’s colour of the year 2014, Radiant Orchid is now centre stage. Pantone says Radiant Orchid “blooms confidence and magical warmth” and “encourages creativity and originality”. Flirty, feminine and fun, Radiant Orchid is a pretty, bright – almost magenta hue. It is not strictly purple nor entirely pink, it is a pinky purple – a tricky colour to define. Indeed, it is a beautiful colour but it doesn’t suit everybody – it is certainly not very flattering for redheads like myself. Emerald Green was a much easier to wear. Of course, you don’t have to wear Radiant Orchid, but it will be everywhere in clothes, make-up and accessories. So if you find this colour challenging but you want to give it a go, let’s look at some ways you can wear it in a super flattering way.

Radiant Orchid has mostly cool undertones so it will flatter some complexions and not others. You will know the instant you put it next to your face if it works for you or not. The easiest way to wear it, therefore, is as an add-on colour rather than head to toe.

If you have a cool skin tone you can wear Radiant Orchid on its own. How much of it you can wear in your outfit will depend on your personality and other characteristics in your colouring. You can mx and match it with other shades in your colour palette too; wear it with your pinks for an elegant and feminine tone-on-tone look. For a bolder look, wear it with stronger colours in your palette such as vivid red or bright violet. Radiant Orchid will brighten up your work wardrobe nicely when you team it with your neutrals such as grey, navy or black.

Those of you with a warm skin tone ideally want to wear this shade away from your face and mix it with warm shades. Purple is a perfect match for Radiant Orchid as it is a universal colour, meaning that there is a shade to suit everyone. Find your best purple and make it the feature colour in your outfit and keep Radiant Orchid as your add-on colour. For a more dramatic look, combine it with lime, red, or Emerald Green. For some of you, Radiant Orchid will mix well with your neutral shades such as taupe or brown, but do not wear it with black grey or navy. To avoid looking dated, mix it with a contrasting colour such as green, pumpkin or orange.

Radiant Orchid

Take care with eye shadow in this colour. When we apply our make-up we are trying to enhance the colour of the eye , so if you have any redness around the eyes this colour will only emphasise it. A small amount in the middle of the eyelid as an accent colour is the safest option. Use Colour Me Beautiful’s Lavender Bliss, Purple and/or Opal eye shadows to complement your Radiant Orchid shade, just be careful not to overdo the purple and pink!

Lip colour will look fabulous on a rosy or cool complexion and will enhance thin lips. Nail colour is fine for all colourings, just make sure your whole look incorporates the right balance of colours whether matching or clashing.


Not sure how to wear Radiant Orchid?

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