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After spending several years in social services, Nicole has finally followed her lifelong dream of being a full-time writer. In addition to her work for The Hudsucker, Nicole is also a staff writer for Womanista. An avid comic book fan, BBQ aficionado, professional makeup artist and first-time mom, Nicole can be found exploring Kansas City rich history when she's not blogging about suburban life at Suburban Flamingo.

The Pretty Files: Spring 2014 Trend

They tell me that spring is almost here. I’m inclined to believe them as I was able to forgo a coat for the last couple of days and even managed to break out my flip-flops one day last week. I don’t know about you, but I am super excited about the warmer weather not only because it means we might be done with the brutal cold and snow, but also because it means it’s time for new beauty trends! The good folks at Pantone declared 2014’s color of the year to be Radiant Orchid and I am so excited for a pop of color as the world wakes up from its long winter’s nap.

Credit: Pantone.com

Credit: Pantone.com

As you can see from the picture Radiant Orchid is a bright, statement purple-color, a color with a little more bite to it than last year’s emerald. What gives it the bite is that, unlike emerald which was a great accent color, purples are a color that is often allowed to take center stage in even every day makeup and products: you can wear purple on your lips but most people aren’t into green lipstick. That being said most readily worn purples are soft, muted colors. Radiant Orchid is, well, no shrinking violet! How does one stay on trend with color and still look like themselves? Here are my top picks to get some Radiant Orchid in your life, stay on trend, and still be you.

Credit: Clinique.com

If I have to choose one new thing for the spring season this year it is absolutely going to be Clinique’s newest blusher, Cheek Pops, specifically in Berry Pop (for that Radiant Orchid color!) or Ginger Pop (for a warmer tone.) These blushes are intense with color, but they go on very well and softly, allowing you to build your color intensity. They aren’t sparkly nor are they fully matte. They have this incredibly luxurious texture and their finish is so natural it truly looks like your skin simply flushed. I am obsessed with these and have to have them all!

Credit: MAC.com

If blush isn’t your thing you can always try something plummy for your lips. I’m really loving this Cremesheen Glass from MAC’s most recent collection. This beautiful lip-gloss called Double Dare is a peachy-pinky shade with a bit of richness to it that when applied to the lip takes on a soft, faint plum hue.  It’s a beautiful color, but not overdone so that it can be worn alone or on the most made up of face. The best part is how moist but not sticky it feels on, perfect for days when the temperature may change drastically from morning to night.

Credit: Zoya.com

Still not convinced to give Radiant Orchid top billing in your cosmetic life? I totally understand.  That’s why I’ve saved my favorite, simplest way to get some purple in your life for last. Zoya nail polish in Odette is a beautiful, rich orchid cream nail polish. It gives great coverage and wears very well. It’s bright enough that it satisfies a need for a pop of color, but it’s sedate enough that routine chips don’t show easily. It’s a great color and is one of those “trend” items that is truly a classic and will get you through spring and even into the fall and winter months.

There you have them, my top three picks for spring’s Radiant Orchid trend. As always, there are a million ways you can rock a color but these three selections give you a great way to try the trend on without changing your total style.  Until next time, happy spring!

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  1. The Pretty Files: Warming up to Marsala | The Hudsucker - February 3, 2015

    […] and you can be on trend in an instant. What about makeup? One of the things that last year’s Radiant Orchid had going for it is that purple eye-shadow and lip gloss made for a fun way to brighten things up […]

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