How to Wear the Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Looking to try out a new shade this season? Swap your neutral makeup for the season's biggest, prettiest color trend: orchid. 

orchid makeup

Brighten your complexion

  • If you have fair skin, opt for a cream blush in this soft shade—also named the Pantone Color of the Year. 
    Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush in Orchid Hush, $7; at mass retailers
  • ​​If your skin is darker, go with orchid lips.
    CoverGirl LipPerfection lipstick in Divine, $7; at mass retailers

Accentuate your eyes

  • A subtle wash of orchid eye shadow amplifies blue eyes, flatters brown eyes and makes green eyes appear greener. For best results, use a primer first.
    Milani Runway Eyes in Couture in Purples, $10;

Ease your way in

  • Have a case of colorphobia? Baby-step into the shade with a nail polish.
    Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri nail color in Love Train, $5; at mass retailers
  • Or consider a pretty spring scarf or tank top as a low-commitment way to experiment with the hue.