Spring 2012 Color Forecast

Every year, fashion lovers and design geeks eagerly await Pantone’s forecast of the season’s it shades. Their report, based on a survey of global design, entertainment, and fashion trends, as well as intel from fashion industry experts, sets the tone for the season. The Spring 2012 verdict? Demure pastels are out and playful colors are in. According to Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, the hottest colors are all about “renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day.” Get inspired to update your look with makeup to match Pantone’s latest shades.

Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango

An enticing red-orange, this is Pantone’s official Color of the Year. Eiseman calls it a “vivacious refresher designed to enliven anyone’s outlook.” Wear it on your lips when you want to feel (and look) your most bubbly.

Our pick: Exude Lipstick in Coral. This spot-on shade has a pretty hint of shimmer. And not to be namedroppers, but we know Rachel Zoe loves it.

Solar Power

Solar Power

This marigold yellow will help you see the sunny side of things. Eiseman likens Solar Power to “a jolt of energy,” and we think he’s right. Best on your nails, it will add a cheerful note to any outfit.

Our pick: Color Club Nail Polish in Psychedelic Scene. Flaunt your digits with this on-trend golden lacquer.

Cabaret

Cabaret

Sexy and feminine, Cabaret is an “intense rosy-red” with violet undertones that channels French boudoirs and lacy negligees.

Our pick: Kissable Couture in Glamour. Intense pigment combined with glass-like shine makes this our latest gloss obsession.

Sodalite Blue

Sodalite Blue

Get ready to make a splash. This rich navy blue is ready to upstage plain old black, and perks up all eye colors.

Our pick: stila smudge stick waterproof eye liner in Blue Ribbon. With a liner this attention-grabbing, you can feel free to forego the mascara.

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