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Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid!
Orchid (well, technically it’s purple with a dash of pink) is one of my absolute favorite colors in the world, so when I saw that Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year was this delicious shade of magenta-violet, I dug around for some options.
On the nails, orchid is gorgeous. It goes with any skin tone, brightens up your outfit (and your day), and good colors are relatively easy to find among the cheaper ranges.
Essie Splash of Grenadine - this is a softer more muted orchid that leans towards pink. If purple’s too strong for you, this is a nice and quite subtle shade.
China Glaze That’s Shore Bright - the name says it all! This is a true orchid if you’re not afraid of color!
Revlon Plum Seduction - another shade that leans towards a magenta pink, but has a big shot of purple in it to keep things interesting.
On the lips, you can definitely opt to go strong, but don’t forget pretty oyster-pink glosses that give a hint of that tone without going into bright purple territory.
NYX Purple Rain lip pencil - a quick way to jazz up your existing pink glosses is to layer a bit of Purple Rain over your lips first. This pearlescent purple-pink is strong and pretty at the same time!
MAC Docile Lipglass - with a name like that, you know it’s not going to be a strong shade. This is a muted beige pearl with pinky-purple duochrome sheen. VERY subtle and soft.
MAC Up the Amp - the CLASSIC orchid mouth. This color is a must-try for anyone interested in wearing purple toned lipstick. In fact, make it your first stop. It looks a little duller beside the other 2 lipsticks, but it’s undeniably beautiful. (There’s a dupe from Revlon called Berry Haute which is available in some countries; if you can find that check that one out!)
MAC Flat Out Fabulous - this looks like a magenta beside the other lighter and less intense lipsticks, but it’s really a strong and saturated matte orchid once on the lips. Sadly, it’s a limited edition, and Nars Schiapp is close, but too pink to be a dupe.
Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn - Alright. If you aren’t going to wear anything but TRUE orchid on your lips, you need to check out Airborne Unicorn. This cult color is an insanely bright orchid-purple. But it’s also surprisingly pretty on the lips. Don’t knock it until you try it!
On the eyes, it gets a bit more tricky because the wrong orchid can make your eyes look swollen/sunken/bruised/all-types-of-bad. Here are some suggestions to wearing it.
- If purple is not your color on the lids, make sure you pair it with a little black or grey around the socket or outer V, as well as the lash line.
- Choose a duochrome. Pictured above is a loose pigment from I Nuovi called Ultraviolet, which is a purple with a duochrome pink shift. I would also highly-recommend pink/blue-shifting shades like MAC Stars n Rockets or Urban Decay Fishnet because they give that orchid tone without looking too flat.
- Go dark. An absolute knockout deep orchid purple is Too Faced Poison Orchid. (Lid swatch above applied over black base.) Probably one of the most under-rated purple shadows in the universe, because I’ve seen so many people spontaneously swear out loud when they swatch it and realise how beautiful it is. This is a duochrome black that looks almost blah in the pan, but shifts into the most intense, ridiculously beautiful orchid purple. (And how can you not love a name like that?)
What are some of your favorite orchid-toned products?
Lovely colorSource: makeupbox
This eye makeup really makes hazel eye color pop. Beautiful!Source: fabmakeups
Victorian Christmas inspired makeup look. I used Etsy shop BeautyBarBaby makeup to create this look. For my lids up to my crease I used Midnight Cowgirl, for my crease I used Blackened Ruby and for my cheeks I used BeautyBarBaby blush in the color Flesh. For my lips bi uses Lancome Color Design lipstick in Scarlet Blaze then topped it off with Blackened Ruby. Hope you like!
Gummi Nails “Royal Flush” 100% nail polish wraps
Many people asked me about my pink-white-black-red skittle manicure at a Givenchy makeup event this past weekend. (And don’t they look fantastic against the geometric black Givenchy packaging?)
It’s not a manicure. It’s Gummi’s new Royal Flush wrap, and they took me 15 minutes to do that morning.
Traditional wraps are made of plastic or vinyl, so they’re simply stickers that you apply on your nails. Often, they will start to lift at the tips after a day (or just a few hours), even if you apply top coat to try and seal in the edges.
100% nail polish wraps are made with a newer technology and actual polish material, so they lay down smoother (less wrinkles!) and last much better on your nails without lifting at the edges or feeling weird and rough when you scratch yourself.
I got a bit of lift on a couple of fingers where there was a lot of wear and tear from lifting and opening things, but one quick coat of clear polish over the lifted area and down over the nail tip fixed them. (Just make sure your nails are really clean and free of oils or moisturizer, etc before you apply, and finish with a clear topcoat, and they should last for days.)
The best thing?
The application. I only had to fold down firmly over the edge of my nail tips and tug gently to trim off the excess material. I did NO filing and cutting with these though they come with a nail buffer in the package. WAY faster than painting on 2-3 coats of polish and letting it dry. And these work with fast-dry topcoats like Seche Vite.
VERY impressed! If you’re looking to try a few for the holiday season, I highly recommend the ones in this collection first since they are all made in this new formula. (Although I’m a little bummed out that Winter Wonderland is out of stock now!!)
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Playing cards nails. Pretty cool I think.Source: makeupbox