Some styles are timeless, like cat-eye winged liner paired with a ruby red lip, or a little black dress and kitten heels to match. These are looks that you can rock without a second thought, the tried and true classics that seem eternally stylish. But when it comes to pulling off a unique trend from the past, it’s totally possible to end up looking a little more “costume party” than “casually cute.” So, sometimes it’s best to take the past and make it present, by blending elements of styles from years past with something fresh and trending now.

We took a look at Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014, a warm lilac shade with pinkish undertones by the name of Radiant Orchid. Flattering to most skin tones, it’s tempting to showcase this shade by just brushing on a bit of magenta-hued blush. But unlike last year’s color, Emerald, which seemed best used sparingly, a color this subtle can be pushed to the max and worn as boldly as possible. And what better way to do so than with a little ’60s inspiration, when flat matte eyeshadow with dramatic creases and bright mod lips ruled the makeup world?


Illamasqua’s Powder Eye Shadow in CanCan is the perfect way to add a pop of orchid to your lids. Their formula is super pigmented and goes on silky-smooth, so you’ll only need a few swipes of a shadow brush for maximum color. For an updated take on the ’60s look, opt for a smudged smoky lid crease instead of something too practiced and crisp, so you’ve got that “I-just-woke-up-looking-effortlessly-this-good” vibe.



If you wanna play up your lips instead, try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar in Lydia. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, lip tars are crazy pigmented and stay put on your kisser virtually all day, and you only need to brush on a few drops of product for a single day’s wear. Go for the bare eye look with only a light wash of flesh-toned shadow to keep things current with the neon n’ nude trend that’s been rocking the beauty world since last spring.

How are you going to wear Pantone’s Color of the Year?

Photos via Illamasqua and OCC