January 25th, 2016
With the freshest fashion collections beginning to hit the runways across the world, we turn to top trend forecaster Pantone and their Colour of the Year choices for a little colour inspiration. This is the first year they have chosen two colours for the year – dreamy blue Serenity and the soft pink Rose Quartz. With two colours to play with, we’re already imagining the pretty pastel looks which can be created on the face.
Sephora wasted no time in announcing their collaboration with Pantone to create their own colour collection range based on Serenity and Rose Quartz. Once we were finished swooning over the packaging, we decided we needed the Rose Quartz lipstick ($18) in our lives, pronto! If you’re feeling more daring, they have a Serenity option as well, along with their Modern Watercolours lipgloss set and Modern Watercolours Eyeshadow Palette.
Paint a soft wash of colour across the eyes with the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints (£27). They don’t have a perfect match for Serenity – the shade Jade is slightly too green – but Flannel and Rose Ashes are gorgeous muted pinks which would work for deeper and paler skin tones respectively.
Eyeshadow sticks can be found across the high street and the department stores, and there are some perfect pastel shades to create these looks. Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Eyeshadow Stick in Iced Blue (£21) would be ideal, as would the shade Pearly Quartz Rose from KIKO’s popular Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (£6.90).
If you prefer a powder formula, the L’Oreal Color Riche Mono eyeshadows (£5.49) have long held a place in our make-up bags for their high-intensity colour and metallic shine. These shadows work almost like a pressed pigment, so we’d recommend using your fingers for the full intensity or a brush for a softer look. 602 Plume de Paon is the perfect colour for a Serenity-inspired look, a soft blue duochrome. If you’re not a fan of the high-shine look, try shade 104 La Vie En Rose, which is matte.
For a flush of colour on the cheeks, we’re still loving the texture of the Clinique Cheek Pops (£17). The shade Pink Pop mimics the very slight blue undertone of Rose Quartz – with a light touch, you can recreate the ethereal pink of the Pantone shade.
The Youngblood Cream Blush in Rose Quartz (£24) is another great cheek product – and not just for the name. With a subtle silvery sheen, this pale pink is just cool and pale enough to get away with it – we’re blending it over the tops of cheekbones to catch the light and give a pretty hue to cheeks.
We’d also recommend the new Ariana Grande Viva Glam Lipglass from MAC (£14.50) – a pale pink sheer gloss which is scattered with pink and gold glitter. It has just enough pigment to gently lighten lips, while leaving a subtle nod to the trend and contributing to a great cause at the same time. Alternatively it works brilliantly as a topcoat over lipsticks.
Finally we have the B. Rich Intense Colour Lipstick (£7.99) in the shade Rose Quartz. Wearable, comfortable and with a satin finish, it’s the perfect nod to the trend while still being a shade that you will reach for again and again. B. is one of our favourite high street brands as they are cruelty free, Vegan and produce make-up and tools of great quality.