Pretty in (Pink-y) Purple

From the runway to home décor to makeup, Pantone’s bold, 2014 color of the year–Radiant Orchid–is red-hot. Or, as Glamour’s beauty blog gushed, “…coolest color ever.” But let’s face it, some trends don’t translate well to real life. Can real women rock Radiant Orchid? We asked Kelsi Ziemann, who owns Makeup by Kelsi:

As a makeup artist, what’s your take on this color? It’s stunning–a versatile and flattering shade.

Does it work for all skin tones? Yes! You can choose lighter or darker variations to best complement your features.

How do I wear it for work? Try lipstick—the soft, blue-purple hue brightens your smile.

What about date night? Play up your eyes. I recommend Make Up For Ever eye shadow in #9 “Lavender.”

Do you have a favorite product in this shade? I’m obsessing over Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture SPF 15 Lipstick #19 “Fuchsia.” Layer it over Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil in “Jilted” for the perfect Radiant Orchid lip.

Describe this color in one word. Passionate. 

Kelsi Ziemann demonstrates "the perfect Radiant Orchid lip" using products from Yves Saint Laurent and Urban Decay.
Kelsi Ziemann demonstrates “the perfect Radiant Orchid lip” using products from Yves Saint Laurent and Urban Decay.

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