Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year (and 11 Ways to Wear It)

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Pantone has proclaimed Radiant Orchid its color of the year for 2014, topping last year's emerald in shock value. For those who balk at the color pink, this may be an exhausting year in fashion.

The Pantone website debuted the joyful news this morning, extolling the shade as well as the profusion of connotations it conjures. According to Pantone, Radiant Orchid is "an invitation to innovation" and "encourages expanded creativity and originality."

Pantone certainly loves throwing fashion fanatics for a loop when debuting its annual shade, but this blend of pink and purple is surprisingly easy to work into your look in small doses. If the brilliant hue is too bright for your wardrobe, try incorporating orchid into your makeup routine. These 11 makeup products will give you a hint of the year's top hue without forcing you to jump headfirst into the trend.

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