4 weeks before the start of every New Year, Pantone decide on their “Colour of the Year.” Radiant Orchid was last year’s Pantone Colour of the Year, this always on-trend purple variant was worn in the form of accessories, clothing and make-up must haves and a rather ornate plant made its way into many homes by popular demand. There’s something special about receiving an Orchid as a gift isn’t there?
Recently Pantone announced theirColour of the Year 2015 is going to be: MARSALA
Marsala is best described by Pantone as a tasteful hue that embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, whilst its red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated natural earthiness.
Hearty and stylish, Marsala appears to both sexes. It translates easily to the world of fashion, beauty, home furnishings, interiors and industrial design.
From a beauty viewpoint, Marsala is versatile and flatters all skin tones. A most wearable go-to make-up shade,it’s the ultimate mid-tone nude for lips and nails. Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in 06 Barely There (£2.30, Wilkinson) is the best make-up match for Marsala I’ve come across. Barely There is affordable and wearable for people of all complexions; it’s not a nude thats so pale you’ll look ill, instead the balance of red, pink and brown is just right, making this a “my lips but better” shade. This is a new favourite for me, so is the crisp pop of colour that is Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Old Blighty (£12, Boots); for a captivating Marsala mani or pedi that will look ravishing on long and short talons. Want to join the Blush Rush for the perfect hit of colour high on your cheekbones? Benefit Dallas (£23.50, Boots) is the ideal Marsala hued fusion of bronzer and blush, which is the notorious “outdoor glow for the indoor girl.” The real beauty of cosmetics this colour is that they are safe enough to wear in the day without looking over-done up, whilst the deep, natural tones deliver the right amount of contouring and definition.
Marsala made an impact on the catwalks and within days of you reading this you will have most likely made your first Marsala purchase, be it those irresistible shoes or the handbag you’re lusting after. Something tells me that this colour, along with the colour companions it works well with, will be sizzling news this year!
I am yet to taste the fortified Marsala wine or travel to the Italian town it is named after.