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Adopt these five colour tips to feel instantly perkier this January:

1.  Wear colour near your face.
If you don’t have any colour in your winter wardrobe, invest in some now!  It really will lift your mood through the dark days.

2.  Apply stronger lip colour.
Lips should be bolder in winter to help you you look healthier and more vibrant.

3.  Buy yourself a stylish and colourful umbrella!
You won’t feel miserable pulling out a glam red/pink/vibrant blue umbrella (unlike dull black).

4.  Get yourself a mani/pedi in your favourite colours
 They don’t have to match, go for your two favourite colours!

5.  Start planning your colours for spring!
As the days begin to get lighter and longer you can start introducing some spring colours, so get ready!

6.  OK, one more just incase you haven’t done it already – get your colours done!

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Radiant OrchidRadiant Orchid is Pantone Colour of the Year 2014.  Read our latest newsletter to find out how YOU can rock in Radiant Orchid!

“Expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth” Pantone

When Pantone announced its Colour of the Year 2014 there were some oohs and there were some ohs. Some of you will love it, some of you will not. Radiant Orchid is not strictly purple nor entirely pink, it is a pinky-purple which can make it a tricky colour to define.  You don’t have to wear this colour, of course, but it will be everywhere in clothes, make-up and accessories this year so if you want to try it out, here’s how…

How to wear it

This shade has mostly cool undertones so it will flatter some complexions and not others. You will know the instant you put it next to your face whether it works for you or not. The easiest way for most people to wear Radiant Orchid is as an add-on colour rather than head-to-toe. If you have a cool skin tone you can wear Radiant Orchid on its own. How much of it you can wear in your outfit will depend on your personality and other characteristics in your colouring. You can mix and match it with other shades in your colour palette too; wear it with your pinks for an elegant and feminine tone-on-tone look. For a bolder look, wear it with stronger colours in your palette such as vivid red or bright violet. Radiant Orchid will brighten up your work wardrobe nicely when you team it with your neutrals such as grey, navy or black.

Those of you with a warm skin tone ideally want to wear this shade away from your face and mix it with warm shades. Purple is a perfect match for Radiant Orchid as it is a universal colour, meaning that there is a shade to suit everyone…Read the full newsletter here.