Pantone are the world-renowned colour experts. The name is known worldwide as the standard language for colour communication, meaning that they are called upon to ensure colours always match, from the design stages right through development.
Each year they announce the colour of the year, as chosen by them based on a variety of factors, but it’s a colour that has been seen a great deal on the Spring 2015 catwalks and where catwalks lead, beauty trends follow.
Marsala itself is best described as rich, earthy, reddish-brown, inspired by the fortified wine of the same name. Make up options are wide, as its an incredibly versatile shade, teaming up well with peaching pinks, neutrals, golds and even bronze for a warm, rich look. Given the nature of the colour, it of course lends itself perfectly to blushers and lipsticks and for the slightly more adventurous, even eyeshadows. Here’s a quick run-down of products we stock to help you get on trend for 2015 with our pick of Marsala tones.
NYX Slide On Eye Pencil in Jewel is a deep plum shade with the addition of beautiful gold and plum shimmer. £7.50 NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil in Rust is a rich deep shimmery eyeshadow pencil, idea for use as an eyeshadow base or alone. £5 Everyday Mineral’s loose eyeshadow in Prim and Proper, is a paler variation of the Marsala colour, making this and ideal shade for blending and mixing with other shades to get a similar look. £5.95.
New to Cocktail Cosmetics is the brand Saucebox. They have a selection of eyeshadow palettes, but it’s the Etude palette that is most on trend for 2015 offering a variety of neutral shades and a reddish brown, meaning you can be as bold or as subtle as you like. £34.95.
Moving onto cheek products, Daniel Sandler’s famous Watercolour Liquid Blush comes in a variety of shades, but it’s Dare that comes closest to Marsala. Don’t be frightened by the depth of colour, you only need one small drop, and blend it out. A little goes a long way! £15.50.
OCC have a number of Lip Tar options. If metallic is your thing then Super NSFW is perfect, alternatively try Starlet for a satin reddish brown shade. £11.95 Daniel Sandler’s Super Gloss Lip Gloss in Super Strawberry is the perfect shimmering brown-red shade with the addition of vitamins for a moisturising formula. £11.20. Lily Lolo offer Intense Crush or Love Affair in their natural lipsticks, both Marsala shades, but one more warm, the other more cool. £8.99 each.
Finally, Neve Cosmetics offer two Pastello Lip Liner pencils in Marsala tones, Amore Pink and Cappucino Rose. £3.95 each.