If last years bold purple, Radiant Orchid trend was a bit too daring for your liking, you’ll be delighted to tone things down a little in 2015 with the beautiful new Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala.
The wine-like hue takes the traditional, romantic colour palette to a new level with its sensual, earthy feel. And it’s sure to be a huge hit with brides looking to style their wedding days and beauty looks around this new IT shade.
‘This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishing and interiors.’ – Leatrice Eiseman, Exec. Director, Pantone Color Institute.
Get the look
There’s no shortage of Marsala-inspiration on the runways or the red carpets of the world, and even the big beauty stores are getting in on the action. In celebration of the announcement of the new shade, French cosmetics chain Sephora released several pantone-perfect beauty looks, perfectly displaying the potential of Marsala – whether you prefer your beauty look soft or sizzling.
Lips and cheeks
It’s also one of the safest if you’re a little nervous about wearing this bold trend on an area such as your eyes.
Complement your lips by choosing a blusher with a similar tone to keep your make-up look balanced.
Marsala must-haves For something soft, use Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain 29 Rose Forreau (R405) and Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Amp’d Up Apple (R260). Go bolder with Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Cognac (R240) and Essence Silky Touch Blush in 70 Kissable (R47,95).
When it comes to wearing this shade on eyes, less is more unless you’re in the safe hands of a very good make-up artist.
Remember that shadows with pink and red tones can also highlight existing redness in the eyes, as well as in the skin.
Always pay extra attention to color-correcting and evening out the skin using a primer, concealer and corrector, and foundation.
If your eyes have a tendency towards redness, stick with softer shades or use a slick of a wine-coloured liquid or gel liner, rather than a full lid look.
You can even use a lip pencil along the upper lash line.
Matching your nails to your lips is on trend again and this is the perfect shade to use to really play matchmaker. Pair soft wine-stained lips with a shade of pink-red on nails, or mouth off using a rich hue on both lips and on nails.
Model images: courtesy of Sephora