As Pantone have announced their much anticipated annual colour of the year, ‘Living Coral’, it’s a great excuse to shine a light on the summery shade from a beauty perspective. Every variation of this shade can find a place in each of our makeup routines - from the zingier, more orange-tones to the creamier, pinkier versions.
To get a little more inspired, we turned to our resident makeup artist Emily Wouters who shared her take on the colour in beauty: “Coral shades in makeup have long been favoured as they are flattering and easy to wear without taking you too far out of your comfort zone” she said. “Whether it’s a coral lip or a coral eye (or even both), the ways in which you can incorporate Living Coral into your makeup looks are endless.”
First thing’s first: cheeks. If a flush of springtime is your thing, coral is a great starting point and helps emphasise a radiant complexion. Although you might imagine coral cheeks pairing best with tanned skin, the reality is this is a shade that can work for every skin tone. RMS Beauty’s creamy, multi-use Lip2Cheeks are particularly good for this kind of look: “Something like Lip2Cheek in Smile is the perfect light coral that is adaptable to all skin tones” explains Emily.
If you’re after a slightly richer coral, Paradise is universally flattering when dabbled onto cheekbones. The beauty of RMS’ formulas is that one product is designed to do two jobs - opt for a matching lip to cheek look to fully embrace Living Coral.
If you’re after a more traditional coral lipstick, the RMS Wild With Desire lipstick in Flight of Fancy will give you a matte, pigment-y finish in a pink-coral. For something bolder and more orange-based, Ilia’s nourishing Tinted Lip Conditioner in Dizzy packs a particular punch on darker skin. Go for a high shine pout with Ilia’s peachy Lip Gloss in The Butterfly & I.
Not feeling fully committed to all things coral? “Why not embrace the fact that Spring is, slowly, creeping in and go for a coral nail polish for your next mani - Kure Bazaar’s 10-free polish in Coquette will give you exactly that.” says Emily.
We’re particular fans of taking this shade and swiping it across our lids - a look that’s been seen everywhere from fashion week to our Instagram feeds. More sheer products work best for this look - try Ilia’s creamy multi-stick in I Put a Spell on You, a peachy coral that will give a glossy wash of colour. This is a confident step away from ‘traditional’ eye colours that instantly feels fresh and modern - exactly the kind of self-assurance the colour coral embodies anyway.
There’s no doubt that the cheery nature of coral is here to brighten up 2019 and with the first buds of spring starting to blossom, there’s no better time to embrace a fresh shade that radiates optimism. Happy coral-ing!
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