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

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.

Sheer Orchid

NARS Lipgloss in Angelika, $24, us.spacenk.com

Icy Orchid

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Royal Orchid, $26, lauramercier.com

Orchid Balm

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Sweet Violet, $7, burtsbees.com

Glossy Orchid

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in Pourpre Preview, $34, sephora.com

Orchid Flush

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush, $7.99, maybelline.com

Shimmering Orchid

MAC Eyeshadow in Stars n Rockets, $15, maccosmetics.com

Pop of Orchid

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Ultra Violet, $22, barneys.com

Orchid Nails

OPI Nail Polish in Suzi and the 7 Dusseldorfs, drugstore.com

Wash of Orchid

Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Fishnet, $18, urbandecay.com

Orchid Liner

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Violine, $30, chanel.com

Orchid Bloom

Yves Saint Laurent Blush Radiance in Color 3, $45, bloomingdales.com