Beauty buys: Purple reign

16:00, Feb 19 2014
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IT'S ALL IN THE EYES: L'Oréal Paris Colour Appeal Chrome Intensity in Purple Obsession, $20.99; Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Violet, $87; Shiseido Luminising Satin Eye Colour Trio in Tropicalia, $71.
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IT'S ALL IN THE EYES: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in No. 22 Captivating Purple, $62. (available from February 24) and Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust in Wild Roses, $40.
Radiant Orchid beauty
LAVENDER LIPS: Bobbi Brown with L'Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Lip Colour in Cosmic Lily, $58; Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in No.13 Parme Graffiti; M·A·C Dazzleglass in Date Night, $48 and Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids in Pink Pop, $19.99. $47.
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PURPLE PEDI PAINT: Essie Nail Polish in Play Date, $22.99; L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis in Flashing Lilac, $9.99; Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte in No. 49 Terriblement Fuchsia, $55.

Are you feeling a fuchsia vibe this year? You should be if Pantone's annual forecast is anything to go by.

The company, known for its standardised colour charts used across all creative industries, has proclaimed Radiant Orchid (aka hue number 18-3224) the official shade of 2014.

This bright pinky-purple was far from a random selection. Pantone polls designers from all industries to see which colours they plan to use in upcoming collections. It then holds a top-secret two-day meeting with its team to narrow down the year's 'it' colour from a cast of more than 2000 to just one.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes the Radiant Orchid as "an enchanting 
harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones."

It's said to symbolise "expanded creativity and originality".

You might just need a dose of that when it comes to Radiant Orchid make-up, since some of us might be a little shy about bold purple eye shadow or bright fuchsia lipstick. However the shade is surprisingly flattering on most skin tones, and you can go as bold or as subdued as you wish. 

Above are some of our favourite make-up picks from the Radiant Orchid realm.