Last year Pantone announced the 2018 Colour of the Year. And it’s a goodie. Get ready to see a lot of ultra violet!

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What’s great about this colour when it comes to beauty is that it works so well with all skin tones. So well in fact that it wasn’t an uncommon make-up shade even before the big announcement. Actress Kerry Washington showed us just how great this colour can look when she wore it on her eyes at this year’s Golden Globes.

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If you are feeling suitably inspired and want to give this dreamy shade a go, you should. And here are our top beauty picks to help you do just that.

Clarins Cream Eyeshadow in Ultra Violet

It goes on smoothly, it’s highly pigmented and gives a bold pop of colour. And the best part? It lasts all day. And night. Stunning!

Essence Long-lasting Eye Pencil in Purple Rain

Go full Kerry by lining your eyes with this gorgeous eyeliner and smudge the edges for a smoky look. At only 30 bucks, it’s an absolute steal.

3ina The Colour Mascara in Shade 103

Okay, so it isn’t QUITE violet, but it is nevertheless a lovely purple. And it’s mascara. This alone makes it a win in our books!

Urban Decay Afterglow Longwear Blush in Bittersweet

Also not exactly violet, but purple blush ain’t easy to find. This will give your face a moody glow and is definitely unique.

Woolworths Lip & Cheek Stick

We love a multipurpose product, and this affordable and cheerful gem is no exception. It provides sheer colour for both lips and cheeks.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Shameless Violet

The luxe, creamy formula of this matte lippie makes it super comfortable to wear and, as the name suggests, the colour is enviable.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer in Royal

Glossy lips are going to be huge in 2018, so why not use a gloss-colour combo on your lips? This tube from Maybelline should do the trick.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Metallic Lipcolor in Dazzle

For longwear lipstick that stays on as long as you want it to, you need one of these. Not only is the finish matte, but metallic as well.

Sinful Nail Polish in Mystique

If purple on your face feels a little bit too ‘out there’, you can still sport this colour trend in other ways. Like on your nails.

Manic Panic Classic Hair Cream in Ultra Violet

If you want to take the ultra violet trend that one step further, why not just dye your hair purple? It will definitely be a head-turning look.

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