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Does Marsala Go Well With My Skin Tone?

Should you or should you not take Pantone's word on 2015's Color of the Year?
Does Marsala Go Well With My Skin Tone? Should you or should you not take Pantone's word on 2015's Color of the Year?

Unlike the weather, trend forecasts are quite more reliable. This, of course, is because of all the preparations and pre-planning that goes into the making of the many collections showcased at Fashion Weeks.  Just recently, Pantone has made its official forecast for 2015’s Color of the Year and Marsala, a wine like hue, made the cut.

Why Marsala? Well, according to Pantone’s executive director Lee Eiseman, “Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” Pantone also explains that the color is “flattering against many skin tones.” But how true is this really?

In an early morning chat with makeup artist Xeng Zulueta, we find out that this color actually is more suitable for those with a warm to in-between skin undertone. As Marsala falls under the same family as Terracotta or Brick, cooler skin tones would tend to look grey-ish when matched with this shade. “It’s a sophisticated color,” says Xeng but notes that from sophisticated, it can also look matronly when done wrong.

So how do you know if you’re skin tone is warm or cool? Easy, take the gold vs. silver test. Simply hold up anything gold or silver close to your skin and observe. If gold makes you glow and look fresher, then you’re definitely warm. If silver brings light to your face and makes you look more luminous, then cool it is. But if both seem to look just right on you, then most likely you’re one of those who fall in-between.

Now that’s settled, read on and see how you can wear this color in the coming year.

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