It’s always fun to anticipate Pantone’s color of the year, partly because I rummage through my makeup stash to see if I find anything that’s “on trend.” The Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala, a gorgeous warm neutral red that’s proven to be divisive among the beauty community. I kind of really, really like it! Even if it does make me quite hungry at times.
“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
Auxiliary Beauty created a Marsala FOTD a while back, referencing some art that, to her, evoked Color of the Year. Though I’d like to claim that I had been as cultured as her, the first thing I thought of when I found out about the color was food. HEH.
Anyway, marsala or some derivative of it seems to have been the color of choice for drapery in the olden days. Check out Jan van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait and Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes, two of my favorite old pieces.
Judith Beheading Holofernes by Carvaggio
The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck
In contemporary art, it reminds me of Mark Rothko’s beautiful Seagram Murals, which you may recall was vandalized quite recently. It features tonal reds, but when pressed for a Marsala-inspired work of the modern persuasion, this was what I thought of first.
The Seagram Murals by Mark Rothko
Naturally, I dug through my stash to see if I have Marsala-ish items.
Though I don’t have anything that I feel is spot-on for Pantone’s color of the year for 2015, I think I’ve got a few items that evoke the idea of Marsala anyway. 🙂
I lovelovelove this color. I felt like a lot of the shades in the past few years have been meh, especially the green… I quite enjoyed Radiant Orchid, but it felt a little too trendy. This is pretty gender-neutral and can be applicable to a lot of other aspects apart from beauty and makeup, which is what Radiant Orchid felt like to me.
Here’s a look I did with some of the items I posted above. I think I’m going to enjoy making Marsala looks this coming year! It’s such a cozy and warm color.
— NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
— Le Métier de Beauté Eye Brightening and Setting Powder in Refresh
— Nature Republic By Flower Auto Eyebrow in 2
— Sigma Eyeshadow Base in Provoke* (affiliate link)
— Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Eye Shadow in Bejewelled Skylark
— Sigma Eye Shadow in Reveal*
— K-Palette 1Day Magic Liquid Eyeliner*
— MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Fiery Impact
— MAC Lustre Lipstick in Jubilee
How do you feel about Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015?
* PR Samples