Radiant Orchid: 9 Ways to Wear the Color of the Year

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It’s time for us to bid adieu to the reigning color of the year, Emerald green. It’s been a good run, but Pantone has just crowned a new top color—Radiant Orchid, to be specific. Scroll through this gallery to see how you can incorporate this pretty shade of purple in your beauty routine.


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Illmasqua Nail Varnish in Jo’mima ($24)

Paint the color of the year on your digits! This chip-resistant, super pigmented nail varnish gives you the perfect color in just two coats.

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M.A.C. Eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris ($15)

Ditch those boring neutral shades and opt for this pretty purple color on your eyes. This highly-pigmented shadow applies and blends like a dream.

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Violet ($24)

If you want a lip color that packs more of a punch, then this highly pigmented one is your best bet. As an added bonus, this lip color has anti-aging benefits and fights free radicals with the antioxidant resveratrol (found in red wine). 

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Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy in Iced Plum ($32)

This lip color nourishes and hydrates your lips with vitamin and antioxidant-rich fruit extracts. It gives you a sheer wash of color that will last up to eight hours!

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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Violine ($30)

This eyeliner will give you the perfect pop of color to salute the new color of the year. It goes on smoothly and is water-proof and smudge-proof.

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Crème Colour Concentrate in Miriam ($20)

This versatile purple shade can be used on your eyes, lips and cheeks. Its long-lasting formula that contains ingredients like vitamin E, aloe leaf extract and cocoa extract, making it smooth, buildable and easy to blend.

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Butter London Nail Lacquer in Muggins ($15)

This pale, opaque color from Butter London will definitely get your nails ready for 2014.

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Clé de Peau Beauté Limited Edition Wintry Flower Kit ($195)

This limited edition kit takes the color of the year to the next level. Not only do you get mascara and lipstick, but you also get a gorgeous purple floral patterned palette filled with shades of violet eyeshadows and blushes.

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Single in Golden Orchid ($19)

This shimmery orchid-colored eyeshadow from Elizabeth Arden looks great on pretty much every skin tone. The Advanced Pigment Technology give you gorgeous color that won’t fade or crease. It’s also infused with antioxidants, retinyl lineoleate and vitamins C and E—so it’s anti-aging too!

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