Our top beauty picks to match Pantone’s 2012 colour of the year: Tangerine Tango

It’s time to tango! »

Pantone has announced the colour of the year for 2012 and our future is looking bright. Tangerine Tango (that’s Pantone number 7625C for the designers out there) is a punchy mix of orange, coral, and red—making it an extremely versatile shade for all skin tones. And, considering that Sephora and Pantone are rumoured to be working on a Tangerine Tango–inspired makeup collection for March 2012, it’s a good thing this chosen colour is so multifaceted.

Of course, fashion has always had a huge influence on the colour Pantone selects. We saw bright-orange lips on many Spring 2012 runways, including Jason Wu and Jeremy Laing. Pantone’s fashion colour report for 2012 had Tangerine Tango at the top of its list, selected by designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Elie Tahari, and Charlotte Ronson. The reddish-orange colour was also likely chosen for many of the same reasons why Mimosa (a golden yellow) was the pick for 2009—it’s full of energy and optimism, ideal at a time when things can seem a little uncertain.

Ready to embrace tangerine? We’ve rounded up some of the best lip, cheek, and nail colours to match Pantone’s picks—they are sure to brighten your day and add a pop of colour to your beauty routine.