Ke$ha at the Genesis Awards, Solange Knowles at the Carlo Pazolini store opening, and Emmy Rossum at a "Vanity Fair" Vanities party.
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Little known fact: according to Sephora + Pantone Universe, "Tangerine Tango" is the color of the year. The beauty retailer and color experts joined forces to "become beauty's leading authority on color," believing that color can truly transform your face and mood, and they decreed orange the official hue of 2012. We've noticed dreamsicle lipstick shades all over the place lately, too, from top-knotted hipsters at coffee shops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to red carpet faves like Ke$ha, Solange Knowles, and Emmy Rossum. What's so interesting about this bright coral-esque color is that it flatters everyone and goes with a variety of outfits, making even the most monochromatic of ensembles pop.
As with Ke$ha above, the shade looks great with a subtle peach blush, lightly smoky eyes, and a graphic print in a similar color to the lipstick. Solange tries the look another way by pairing her bold neon orange lip color with dark-lined eyes, rosy blush, a bright white top, and a multicolored gold necklace that also has hints of burnt chili pepper threads peeking through to tie it all together. Shameless star Emmy Rossum opts for a turquoise one-shoulder dress and gold hoops with her kiss o' papaya lips, and it makes the simplicity of her outfit more fresh and modern. All in all, the color—be it in shades of raw carrot or tangerine tango—work on everyone and act as an accessory to whatever you're wearing. We personally like the color with army green and denim or with a variety of bright colors and prints. But if you're worried about making the leap, road test it first on your nails. Either way guarantees an instant dose of mood-lifting sunshine.