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Question:
How can I incorporate the orchid trend into my fashion and beauty routine?

Answer: In early December 2013, Pantone revealed Radiant Orchid as their official color of 2014. Since then, you’ve probably seen the hue popping up online and in stores. It’s described as a blend of fuchsia with purple and pink undertones, which actually takes most of the guess-work out of your search. Find a product that’s a blend of any of these three colors, and you’re set!  

Cosmetics

If you’re a makeup junkie (and I suspect you are), there’s a good chance that you already have several shades of orchid in your collection; whether it be lipstick, eyeshadow, or nail polish. If you’d like to take a tame approach to this bold color, nail polish is a great place to start building your confidence! You can also work in a subtle pop of color to your eyes with a liquid or pencil liner. When you’re ready for a bigger commitment, OCC has a gorgeous Lip Tar that fits the bill to a T!  

Jewelry

Jewelry is a fantastic avenue when it comes to playing with new colors. If you want to jump head-first into a new trend, find pieces in that one solid shade. Or, find pieces that are a blend of different shades in the same color family. Either way, remember that trends are just that: trends. Yes, they are always recycling themselves, but a few months down the road, you may regret going hog-wild and buying 10 necklaces all in the same color. Finding a nice blend of a trendy shade + an off-trend color will not only keep you from getting bored; it will also give you more versatility within your collection!

…And even more accessories

While I can’t imagine, even in my wildest dreams, someone who doesn’t enjoy cosmetics or jewelry—such people do exist! On a more serious note, though: some people may have ultra sensitive skin, making cosmetics and jewelry less than tolerable. That’s where accessories swoop in and save the day. And the options don’t end with sunglasses and scarves! There are belts, hair accessories and gloves just waiting to be snatched up! You can even take it a step further and dip into lifestyle items like phone cases and artwork!

The radiant orchid frenzy has only just begun, and with warmer weather finally upon us, it’s undoubtedly going to be everywhere we turn. While it’s easy to get caught up in the fun trendiness of it all, it’s important to remember two things: 1) Sometimes less is more, and 2) don’t develop radiant orchid tunnel vision…at the end of this year, Pantone will be announcing a new official color!