How a Pop of Color is Cheering Me Up

Posted 12/21/10 at 09:41AM by Audrey Fine

I live in Southern California. Beautiful, sunny Los Angeles. Only it hasn't been beautiful or sunny for the longest time. It's been rainy and cold and rainy and rainy. Did I mention that it hasn't stopped RAINING in days?

I'm very susceptible to that seasonal depression disorder (SADD), which is probably one of the reasons I live here in the first place -- I need to see the sun or I get bummed. Really bummed. But, what's a girl to do when Ark Building: 101 seems to be the only option? Why, try to find other ways to get happy (that don't involve drinking wine at 10 a.m.). For me, that's color. Little pops of color can do wonders to brighten your mood. Just ask Nate Berkus!

So, just imagine how happy I got when I red an article about how Pantone 18-2120 TCX has been pegged to be the color of the year. (Pantone is the "global authority on color" and each December they deem what's going to be hot for the coming year.)

The shade, a retro pink called "Honeysuckle" that some are referring to as "Mad Men" pink is "like the lipstick our mothers wore," said a guy named Tom Mirabile who's the head of global trends for some giant company.

And, it's going to be all the rage in makeup too. In fact, I already got CND Colour Effects in Smoochie, $9 -- their picture perfect homage to the shade and just gazing down at it on my fingers and toes brings a (much-needed) smile to my face.

Do colors make you happy too? What shades bring a smile to your face? And, do you know which colors work best on you?
And the survey says...
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  • Posted by GigiSD on 04/13/13 at 02:50pm

    Psychologists will testify that colors change your mood; why are so many bedrooms blue? For relaxation. I applaud "LipglossandSpandex" below for asking who decides which color is going to be "in." I've often wondered the same! But color does make me happy!

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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 02:31pm

    Nice

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/20/11 at 02:20am

    It's weird to me that someone decides for everyone what color is going to be "in." I'd like to get a Honeysuckle color gloss though.

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 01:06pm

    color always cheers me up even in the winter I have to have something bold, from eyes to lips to clothes

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 01:06pm

    color always cheers me up even in the winter I have to have something bold, from eyes to lips to clothes

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  • Posted by dawnrager on 01/09/11 at 09:51am

    I know what you mean about seasonal depression... I suffer from that, too, and I live in dark and dreary WESTERN, PENNSYLVANIA -- where our winters can go on... and on... and on!! Loved your article. I like pink but because I'm in my late 30's, I hesitate to use that too much (My daughters would be mortified!). However, I like peachy pink shades and bright rose colors and for my eyes... I like to put a dash of white in the inner corner of my eyes. It really brightens your face up!

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