Use PANTONE’s two Colours of the Year as the ultimate inspiration

PANTONE, the leading global authority of colour, has officially revealed the Colour of the Year for 2021 and it’s not one but two colours. A marriage of colours of PANTONE 17 5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13 0647 Illuminating Yellow. As original colour lovers, we couldn’t be more excited! This killer colour combination highlights how different elements come together to support one another. We are thinking practicality and solidity when we see PANTONE 17 5104 Ultimate Gray and strength and positivity with PANTONE 13 0647 Illuminating Yellow.

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Use this duo as the ultimate inspiration and get your clients ready to be serving head-turning looks this 2021.

Tracy Hayes

“How perfect of Pantone to give us two fabulous new colours for 2021.” says Tracy Hayes, Global Colour Ambassador at Fudge Professional and she gives her own suggestion on how to combine these two colours: ”Illuminating yellow is an appropriate tone that will lift spirits and offer hope, happiness and fun. You can pair this with the Ultimate Gray that will look elegant and formal without being too glamorous. Having the Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Gray is a great combination. To achieve this look I would suggest applying the Fudge Professional Paintbox Gold Coast which works best over pre lightened hair and to create the Ultimate Gray I would recommend using the Fudge Professional Headpaint range. Starting with 10.0 with T01 and a dot of 1.0, or alternatively for a more silver grey then T28 from the Fudge Professional Ash infusion range is perfect.”

Have your clients leaving your salon with this idealistic colour combination that PANTONE have graced us with. Pairing these two contrasting colours is the only way to have your daring clients entering 2021. Bold and brightly, a duo like no other. We can’t wait to see your creations!


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