Marsala is a naturally robust and earthy wine-red. Instead of leaning purple or blue, this color has a slightly cool brown undertone (not orange) which makes it a more neutral color that will flatter most any skin tone and work with many other colors.
The versatility of this shade allows it to work with deep chocolate brown and burnt copper tones but also pairs beautifully with more spring inspired hues like pink and gray....
Now, before I go any further, I'm sure many of you are wondering who Pantone is and why they get to decide "the color of the year"?
According to their website,
"Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer."
As you can see, Pantone influences everything including makeup, clothing, accessories and even interior design. Some of the most recent colors were Radiant Orchid (2014), Emerald (2013) and Tangerine Tango (2012). Each year, I am always excited to see what the new "color of the year" is going to be, hoping that it will be a color that I actually like because we will be seeing a LOT of that color.
This year, I'm thrilled with the color choice! I think Marsala is a beautiful color and I can see myself easily working this in to my fashion and beauty routine. In fact, I went through my beauty stash to see what I already owned that might fall into the Marsala color category and here are the items I felt matched the description the closest...
All of these products vary slightly in hue and finish, but I think they fit quite well in the Marsala Color Family.
1. Idyllic Paint Pot by MAC Cosmetics - beautiful cream eyeshadow worn alone or as a base
2. Here Kitty by bareMinerals - gorgeous deep hue (see a swatch and review here)
3. Bitten by Makeup Geek - Matte eyeshadow that looks beautiful in the crease or outer V
4. Country Girl by Makeup Geek - Matte with a hint of shimmer particles throughout; slightly more brown than Bitten.
5. C346 - Strike-A-Pose-Rose Wet 'n' Wild Mega Glo Luminating Powder - Not only is this very inexpensive but it's a great, highly pigmented blush and highlighter quad. You can wear each shade alone or mix with any or all of the other shades. This allows you to customize that "Marsala" shade to make it suit your skin tone.
6. Maverick Marvelous Moxie by bareMinerals - Highly pigmented and has a more rosy tan hue
7. Viva Glam VI by MAC Cosmetics - Sheer and sparkly, this gloss is a way to include that Marsala hue in a more subtle way.
8. Berry 100% Natural Lipgloss by bareMinerals - Fairly pigmented, cream gloss (no shimmer)
9. Rouge Pretty Amazing Lipcolor by bareMinerals - Super pigmented, liquid lipstick that will cover your lips in a rich, Marsala hue.
Lipsticks and Lip Butter:
10. 1995 by Gerard Cosmetics - Matte, very pigmented lipstick. It has a nice neutral undertone that leans a little more brown making it a very wearable shade. Just be sure to put on some lip balm before applying as it can be a little drying on the lips.
11. Pink Truffle Lip Butter by Revlon - A great rosy tan color that is somewhat sheer but can be built up to nearly the pigmentation of a lipstick. The formula is really moisturizing and leaves a slightly glossy finish.
12. Viva Glam V by MAC Cosmetics - One of my favorites because it has a more sheer, shimmery finish that makes it a super wearable color and works with even a dark, smoky eye.
13. N9 by Make Up For Ever - If you are a Sephora Beauty Insider last year, you probably received this as part of your free birthday gift. While it does have a slightly warmer tone, I think it still fits in the Marsala color scheme.
I hope you found that helpful and perhaps gave you some ideas of how to incorporate the 2015 Color of the Year into your beauty routine.
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