Think Pink... and Blue

The Color of Fashion 2016

As a new year, new colors dawn, and for 2016, the color authority Pantone has announced that “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity Blue” will be transporting us all into a better world, whether it’s in our closets or in our homes ... or even in our hair.

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”

The gentle tones of Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue top the charts in spring fashion collections. “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue demonstrate a balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” adds Eiseman.

Here are a few ways to shop for the latest “it” color trend in beauty products and get ahead of the buzz.

Yes, you can expect to see lots of pink and blue hair—and not just on Raven Symone or Kelly Osbourne. Check out the new L’Oreal Paris collection of Feria pastel hair color in Smokey Blue and Smokey Pink or ask your hair stylist.
“Pastels are a bold but very attainable statement,” says L’Oreal Paris celebrity hair colorist, Kari Hill. “They are pretty, soft, and complimentary to skin tone. They are a means of expression, but still so wearable.” (Available in drug stores beginning January 2016.)

Skip the blue lips here and go for the rosy pouts. Check out Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude lip color in Bare Balm, a rosy, peachy balm-gel that melts into lips, smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines.
Top off with Laura Geller’s Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner in Tulip. This moisturizing formula is made with jojoba seed oil to keep lips soft, and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection.
And if velvety pink matte lips are more your style, then Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Matte Backtalk may be the way to go. This rich, buttery lipstick is famous for its nourishing ingredients of avocado, olive oil, shea butter and Vitamins C and E.

OK, now you can go ahead and put on that blue eyeshadow. It’s alright. It’s cool again. “Blue on the eyes is going to be one of the biggest ‘it’ colors this spring,” says Sir John, a celebrity makeup artist for L’Oreal Paris. “Seen all over the runways, adding bold pop in small places, like the water line or tear ducts will be the look everyone’s going to want to rock.”
All you need is an eye “crayon” that works as both an eyeshadow and an eyeliner. Check out CIRCA’s Saturated Eye Crayon in 01Sparkling Citrine and 02Rose Quartz.  

We will all be blushing this year about the subtle pink blushes popping up on the beauty aisles. Soft and silky, CIRCA’s powder blush is a great inexpensive option in 03 Hanalei Bay. Laura Geller’s BAKED Blush in Roseberry is another winner. This famous blush contains liquid pigments that are baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles and hand-finished in Italy.
It’s Nail Color, too. This is an easy way to wear the latest color trends. Some of the best hues to layer on your fingertips right now are from OPI. “Patience Pays Off” is a nude pink with a high shine and soft shimmer; “Bubble Bath” is a sweet candy pink and one of OPI’s best sellers, and “To Be Continued...” is a periwinkle blue that shimmer and shines.

Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.

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