And the award for color of the year goes to ... rose quartz and serenity?!?
When the Pantone Color Institute announced last week that those two hues — a pale pink and a light blue — would be 2016’s colors of the year, my reaction quickly morphed from snark to acceptance.
The snark: Frankly, my dear, my closet and I are not about to pivot from confident neutrals to passive pastels.
The acceptance: The Pantone Color Institute is the leading forecaster of the shades that will dominate every consumer product from lipsticks to toasters over the next 12 months. So when the PCI says pink and blue are the new hues, it makes headlines — and turns the heads of fashion insiders. Hmm, I started to think, could the calming effect of these two tints be just what this troubled world needs right now? And that led me to some guidelines to help you make pink and blue the new black.
Soft blues cool you down with their let’s-work-things-out vibe, making them the ideal clothing choice for stressed-out days of multitasking, business meetings and thorny social situations. And don’t forget that nothing beats a coat for making a big statement. Options include Halston Heritage Coat or J.Crew Chateau Parka.
Let pastels subtly brighten your makeup. Pink blush kick-starts a healthy, well-rested look, giving your
self-tanner or bronzing powder a sunny authenticity. Pink lipstick — worn solo, or over an everyday nude lip — freshens your smile. A delicate rosy pink or gray-blue shadow, layered over beige or taupe on lids, enhances every eye color and wakes up tired eyes. (Don’t forget the black or brown liner and mascara, of course.) Finally, a blue or pink nail polish makes you feel more vacation-happy than wintry darks, so why wait for spring? Start tweaking your look now with such choices as Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Slate Blue No. 20, L’Oréal Paris Infallible 2-Step Nail in Infinite Sky or Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Creme de la Creme.
More beauty and style tips for women 50-plus await you in AARP’s new Beauty & Style digital magazine, which began hitting tablets this month, as well as in my new Woman’s Wakeup: How to Shake up Your Looks, Life and Love after 50, due out from Running Press on Dec. 22.
Photos: pantone.com; neimanmarcus.com; jcrew.com; drugstore.com; warbyparker.com
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