Once again the experts at Pantone come up with a brilliant new way to welcome the new year - with the color Marsala! Inspired by fortified wine, this warm and earthy shade of red is a shade that ladies of any any skin color can play around with on the lips, nails, eyes, or even hair. Marsala's warm undertone is muted by a creamy, almost pastel feeling, making it great for both men and women.
Vampy Marsala for Dark Skin
For ladies with darker skin, Marsala is best paired with cooler tones of lilac and silver. If you have any products left from last year's orchid craze, it won't take much more shopping to get this year's palette.
Start by applying a generous amount of cool gray shadow all over your lid. Next, use a fluffy brush to blend a muted lilac color like the Shu Uemura Cream Eyeshadow in Lilac all around the ourside crease of your eyes. Finish off with your favorite mascara and a slinky silver waterline. This cool bright look is great for brown or gray eyes and looks best when paired with a dark Marsala lip, such as Ilia's Femme Fatale and a pale peach highlight in Inika's Mineral Blusher in Peachy Keen.
As for the nails, there are many choices. For the most vampy feel, match your mani with that dark lip or go straight to charcoal. If you're feeling a bit more in touch with the cool and slinky silvers, go for either lilac or a glossy gray polish. Pair with silver or platinum jewels and a confident smile for best results.
Dramatic Marsala for Blondes
There's nothing more sexy than an unexpected smoky eye surrounded by golden locks of healthy hair. This unexpected combination of aquatic greens and blues is made to pop in contrast with the sultry Marsala lip color.
Use the three step smoky eye method to create that sexy metallic base for your eyes. If you're not familiar with the basic step smoky eye, check out this chart. Once your smoky mermaid eye is ready, line your eyes with a precision eyeliner felt tip marker. These are great for alternating between thin and bold lines. If it's your first time, try Cargo TexasLiner. Using a light blue or robin's egg pencil, line your waterline.
What's great about finishing this look off with this year's hot Masala shade is that there is so much variety to choose from when it comes to tint. You can choose to either rock a bolder shade or one that leaves just the slightest kiss mark. In any case, Chalotte Tilbury has some great shades to choose from.
Flirty Marsala for Brunettes
These colors automatically reminded me of the fashion trendsetter and remarkable feminist, Emma Watson. Great for light to medium ski tones, this bold and flirty look is fresh and ready for spring or summer. By keeping the eye full of light with Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, brunettes have a lot of freedom when it comes to the brows and lashes. If you're a daredevil, do your eyebrows in Marsala. If you like to keep things simple, try Sephora's Pantone Collection Marsala Mascara.
Intensify your upper cheeks with a hint of Shameless Bold Blush by Marc Jacobs before sliding on a pretty coral pink lip for an added flirty effect.
To take this look from day to night, simply opt for a darker lip shade. I recommend an earthier tone of red for the most modern look.