Nail Art: Radiant Orchid (Color of the Year 2014)

I was about to take a 10-day out-of-town adventure and I wanted to wear a nail design that is inspired by the color of year for 2014 -- Radiant Orchid. Pantone, the world authority on color, describes it as:

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

I only had the night before my flight to paint my nails. I knew I needed something simple to do. So I browsed through my previous nail art designs to get some inspiration. When I came across my blue ombre nail art I did last 2012, I thought I'd reinterpret it.

Take a look on how it turned out:

Radiant Orchid Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

The idea is to create an ombre manicure using the description Pantone defined "Radiant Orchid" and to show how to get a similar effect of the Blue Wave Nail Art Design applying an easier method.

Radiant Orchid Nail Art on Dazzle Dry Planet E

I used Dazzle Dry Planet E! in 2 coats as background color and painted this freehand nail art using Liquitex acrylic paints and a dotting tool. I think it's the perfect shade for the design that I aimed for.

I only used white and a purple paint for the ombre design. I started with white and just added purple accordingly.

Radiant Orchid Nail Art Design

Painting curves has always been my weakness. I knew that using a nail art brush would take me more time to finish and I didn't have that luxury. So like my first nail art for 2014, I decided to use a dotting tool to draw the swirls on my nails. It proved to be so much easier, especially while working with my non-dominant hand.

Radiant Orchid Color of the Year 2014 Nail Art Design

You might have noticed that I'm inspired by swirls lately and I am appreciating dotting tools more than before. Sometimes, using nail art brushes can be very challenging.

Anyway, I liked how this simple nail art came out. I found it interesting and hypnotic! It is also a simple nail art inspired by the color of the year for 2014. I am not really a fan of the color. But according to Pantone, Radiant Orchid is:

“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

And so perhaps, it is a good way to start the year for this nail art blog. :)

Radiant Orchid Color of the Year 2014 Nail Art Design

This swirl-y design would probably look good using the rainbow colors. That would probably look really cheerful.

I wore this nail art for 10 days! This is the longest time I've ever worn one. And I have to say that I only have minor chipping on a few nails, aside from the obvious nail growth near the cuticle area.

Part of my trip is attending a festival and made sure I'd get a photo with my nail art wearing a souvenir headdress:

Radiant Orchid Nail Art

Have you done a Radiant Orchid inspired nail art? I hope you liked mine. Tell me what you think. :)


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  1. I loved your Blue Wave nail art so much (I copied it from you and made it in more than one version and more than one colour) and now I simply have to love this Radiant Orchid manicure! :-) I hope that it will bring good luck to your blog in this new year! :-)

  2. i definitely need to do something like this, this really looks hypnotic, love it :D