Paris meets Pantone: color of the year inspiration

Embrace the light, fresh personality of the shade of the season, with Parisian-inspired design, fashion and the perfect “Macarons de Paris” look by Maria Galland Paris

As the last of the winter frost melts away, a light, floral breeze is taking its place. Spring has arrived and carries a message of rejuvenation, calm and a touch of playfulness. Inspired by Pantone’s color of 2018, shades of violet and lavender have found their way into the look of the season; from beauty, to interior design to fashion. Seen through a Parisian lens, the result is not unlike delicate macarons -- an effortless combination of  indulgence, glamour and femininity…with a flirty wink. Don’t miss out; here are the hottest Parisian-inspired trends to act as inspiration…

Ultra statement

Shades of violet are intense, which means they require restraint and finesse; you need to let them shine without overwhelming the senses. In interior design, this looks like signature ultra violet Tolix chairs around a neutral rustic wooden table, topped with a vase of fresh lavender that fills the air with a calming scent. In fashion, it takes the form of a dramatic, ruffled ultra violet Alberta Ferretti skirt complemented by a simple black cropped singlet and Gucci bag. Take the same inspiration to your spring look with the limited edition “Macarons de Paris” range by Maria Galland Paris.The gorgeous make-up creates a fresh, luminescent palate reminiscent of French macarons, complete with a pop of lavender.

A moisture-resistant pencil eyeliner with integrated sponge applicator and sharpener, in a fresh lavender-violet shade

To create a glamorous statement, apply 524 INFINITE WATERPROOF EYE PENCIL in lavender along your upper and lower lash lines to turn your eyes into sultry ultra violet signatures. Then, for added drama, lengthen your lashes and elevate your natural eye color with limited edition 522 INTENSIVE MASCARA in dark lavender.

Ultra depth

Texture, layers and depth are alive this season. Top interior designers are creating interest by mixing the hard, soft and metallic – a velvet ultra violet sofa on a hardwood floor, framed by a gleaming gilded mirror. Likewise, the runways are hot with unexpected textural combinations: breezy, sheer lavender summer dresses, paired with edgy black leather jackets and purple neon boots. Add depth to your make-up look by giving it extra dimension. Create a flawless base with 512 UV COMPACT FOUNDATION and 516 BRILLIANT SUN POWDER, then add a natural glow with 599 GLOW-PERFECTING POWDER. Not only will it give you a dazzling complexion, but its vitamin E and white peony extract will protect your skin. Take the inspiration to the next level by applying 422 GOLDEN SHIMMER BODY BALM for an ethereal whole-body glow.

Ultra tones

All shades of violet are at their best when in harmony with other hues and tones – dusty pinks and purples, playful pastels and warm metallics. Like the soft flirty colors of macarons in the windows of Parisian patissiers, the shades interplay to create a fresh and unified palate. Introduce these softer tones into your spring look by plumping your lips with 504 LIP PENCIL in gentle rose and 500 CREAM LIPSTICK in soft rose or vibrant coral. The volumizing lipstick will care for your lips with vitamin E and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, making them look dewy and fresh, while the pencil delivers longer-lasting color with perfectly accentuated lip contours. For a spectacular finish, take the look to your eyes with 526 SOLO EYESHADOW in 24 Rose Coquette or 27 Reflets d’Or and fingertips with 507 NAIL POLISH in fresh lavender.

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