Pantone Colour of the Year 2021 and the Perfect Looks to Celebrate It


Every year experts at the Pantone Color Institute put out new colour influences, drawing inspiration from trending events around the world. These colours impact designs and products across industry verticals, be it fashion, entertainment and even technology.

Predictably, the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to rage on unabated has been the defining influence on the choice of this year’s colours – Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (Yellow). Describing the choice, Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said, “The unions of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplift; this is essential to the human spirit.”

The announcement has already stirred excitement in design quarters across industries. We, too, couldn’t help but toy with how the vibrance of yellow and stillness of grey can be blended to create some stellar looks. Here are our top picks on how you can use the Pantone Colour of the Year to nail your look this year:

Your eyes are the perfect canvas for playing around with colours. There are endless ways you can use the grey and yellow hues for your eye makeups:

Look 1: 


Go all yellow on the eyelids and juxtapose it with a hint of a bright blue or deep green on the lower lash line. If the bright yellow is not your colour, you can replace it with a glitter-based metallic pigment such as Swiss Beauty Loose Foil Pigment Eyeshadow for a subtler effect.

Look 2:

grey-black-look 2

Create a smokey eye effect using a mix of metallic grey and black eyeshadows. Complete the look with a thick winged eyeliner effect.

Looks 3:


Mix the two colours for a dramatic effect. You can blend yellow and grey tones on the eyelids or even use one colour palette on the eyelids and the other to accentuate the lower lash line.

You can create a lot of drama while keeping your look minimalistic with just the right choice of eyeliner colour.

Look 1: 


Create a solid winged-eye look in bold yellow using Lakme Insta Liner Water Resistant Eye Makeup Golden and mix it up with an overall nude appearance to make your eyes pop without being too out there.

Look 2: 


This chic, subtle but eye-catching look can be effortlessly recreated with Lakme Absolute Shine Line Eyeliner Steel Grey

There is just so much room to experiment with grey and yellow in the world of nail art. With a bottle each of Lakme Color Crush Nail Art M19 and Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Colour Suit-Up or B:Seen Get Noticed Gel Finish Nail Polish Steel Grey 07 you can recreate any stellar designs or even wear them as stand-alone shades.


Who can forget J.Lo’s yellow lips in the music video Live It Up? Now, that’s J.Lo! And we must agree that yellow and grey aren’t the most obvious choices for lip colours. But if you’re feeling experimental and want to try something outlandishly out-of-the-box, you can try using a yellow lip-taint or gloss that gives a slight sheen to your lips. A metallic lip colour bordering on golden would be a more fitting choice for making a bolder statement.  Likewise, matte or metallic grey lips may not be for everyone. But if you can pull it off, it’d surely make for a head-turning look.




Gone are the days when greys in your hair were something to be self-conscious about. Today, it’s a raging fashion statement. From streaks to ombre, light to dark, there are just so many ways to sport and rock grey hair.


Yellow is definitely a more loud and bold choice for hair colour. But if that aligns with your taste, this year you have one more reason to give it a try. If done tastefully, a hint of yellow in your hair can look sophisticated and chic

The new Pantone Colour of the Year gives us all a fresh perspective on creating flawless, sophisticated or bold looks. So, step out of your comfort zone, and have fun with these offbeat colours.

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