Marsala, Pantone Color Of The Year for 2015 is quite the gorgeous color. Its probably one of my favorites of all the recent ones like Radiant Orchid, Emerald Green or even Tangerine Tango. While it can be super easy for the lips or nails, the color can be a little too much for the eyes (the red tones can be a little too strong for some skin tones), unless paired with a nice neutral.
To make Marsala more wearable for the eyes, I used Shiseido’s Konipeto Cream Eye Color as the base - Konpeito is a gorgeous dark maroon with some shimmer. The texture is just fabulously smooth and blends itself. I used Clinique’s Black Honey Eye Shadow over it to intensify and take down the pink a little bit since it can make eyes look a tad tired. I blended the edges away with a matte transition shade (a random one not pictured, from the Smashbox Full Exposure palette) and added a little bit of Dior’s Mono Eye Shadow in Velvet to the outer corner and crease to soften the look. A little bit of brown or soft black liner with curled lashes and mascara completed the look. I used Urban Decay’s Demolition on the upper lash line and Zero on the lower and waterline. To add a little bit of a pop, I added Konpeito on the lower lash line as well.
Since the eyes can look a bit strong, I paired it with a super subtle neutral blush and peachy pink lips. I used Chanel’s Destiny Cream Blush on the cheeks and Dior’s Rouge Dior Lipstick in Grege paired with YSL Gloss Volupte in Rose Orfevre on the lips to complete the look.
*Shiseido Konpeito is a press sample.