Introducing this years new colour: Radiant Orchid

Wednesday 15th of January 2014

Orchid Picture


“Expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth” Pantone

Pantone has revealed its colour of the year 2014 – Radiant Orchid!
Now, I am sure some of you will be really pleased and others maybe not so!  Radiant Orchid is a real in between colour – not really a purple, but too purple to be pink, it’s a mixture of both, so quite tricky to describe.
Obviously it is not essential you wear this colour, but you will see a lot of it both in clothes and accessories, even make-up has got on board!

If you do want to try it out, read on for some ideas and advice……

How should I wear Radiant Orchid?

As some of you know, certain colours will look good on certain skin tones.  Skin tones can be cool or warm and Radiant Orchid suits cooler complexions.  All is not lost though if you have a warm skin tone and want to try out this new colour, because you just need to make sure you wear it as an extra colour rather than dress head to toe in it.

Orchid accessories

If you do have a warm skin tone, the trick is not to wear this colour near your face and to team it with warmer colours from your palette.  As an alternative, you could try purple, this is a great colour as there is always a shade to suit everyone.
Find the shade of purple that works best for you and make that the feature colour, then add in Radiant Orchid with accessories or nail polish etc.  Do you like a little drama in your outfit?  How about mixing it with emerald green, red or lime?
If drama is not your thing, Radiant Orchid will still look good with more neutral colours such as taupe or brown, but don’t wear it with black, navy or grey as it will cool your look down and could drain your face making you look ill or tired or both!
To keep up to date combine Radiant Orchid with a contrasting colour such as pumpkin, green or orange.

For those of you who have a cool skin tone, you are able to wear Radiant Orchid on its own and close to your face.  Again, as with the warmer skin tones, your personality and natural colouring will depend on how you combine your colours, and how much of the Radiant Orchid you wear.
If you would like to liven up your working wardrobe, Radiant Orchid will look fabulous in a blouse with your black/navy/grey suits, for drama, go for stronger colours for example, vibrant red or brilliant violet, and for a more feminine look try it with your pinks.

Radiant Orchid

Although I have been talking about pairing certain colours, you also have to think of whether the colours suggested will go with your natural colouring, for example, if your hair and eye colour are softer and there is not much contrast between the two, the colours used for your clothes need to be a little more gentle.  This is easily done by looking at the fabric of the item of clothing.  Stick to fabrics that give a matt appearance or are textured such as tweed, velvet or a knit.

Radiant Orchid substitutes

If you do have the contrast between your eyes and hair (usually darker hair and bright eyes), you need to keep the contrast in your clothing to complement your natural features, so go for the vibrant shades that will contrast well with the Radiant Orchid. Your fabrics should be light reflecting, keeping the strength of colour, such as satin or silk.

Wearing Radiant Orchid as Make-up

As with the clothing, those with a cool skin tone will enjoy this colour more.  Be careful though, as eye shadow could highlight any redness you may have around your eyes.  It is easier to wear a small amount in the middle of your eyelid blended with other colours.  For warmer skin tones, try more of a purple eye shadow, apply it near the outer edges to open up your eye, if you have softer natural colourings (blonde to mid brown hair/blue, green, brown eyes), then make sure the purple is not too dark.  For cooler ladies, try the Colour me Beautiful eye shadows of Purple and Lavender Bliss.
Lipstick in this colour is best for rosy or cool complexions and helps to enhance thin lips, add a dab of gloss to the middle of your lips to further the illusion of full lips.
For everyone there is always nail varnish, so if you are a warm skin tone and wary of Radiant Orchid eyes and lips, wear the nail varnish – but make sure it complements your outfit!!
Orchid make-up-nail varnish