Pantone’s Colour of the Year has become one of the most anticipated annual announcements, sparking off trends in practically any industry where colour is involved. In our world, we immediately wonder how we can work the shade into our beauty looks. 2015’s Marsala was our go-to for lips, and 2018’s Ultra Violet a daring blush and eyeshadow option.
Unlike previous years however, 2019’s Living Coral is possibly the most versatile shade yet, workable into everything from your makeup to hair and nails. The not-quite-orange, not-quite-pink shade is also universally flattering; actually adapting to your skin tone and making it a breeze to incorporate into your daily beauty looks. It’s also great if you are looking for something other than your everyday neutral makeup that still looks polished in the workplace. Here are 5 ways how:
On your lips
Take a break from your usual bold reds and matte neutrals and reach for a tube of coral lipstick or balm instead. To make the most of your pout, exfoliate with your puckers with a dedicated lip scrub (or toothbrush) to get rid of build up, then apply Make Up For Ever Artist Lip Blush in Spicy Coral for that natural, velvety flush.
Pro tip: for a fun take, try an gradient (or K-Bitten) lip instead. Simply block out the edges of your mouth with some concealer and blend toward the middle. Apply your lipstick in the center of your mouth and blend upward with a brush until you achieve the perfect gradient.
On your lids
The best thing about coral lids is that you can take it as bold or as subtle as you want. Opt for a buildable formula like 3CE in Star Seed, a sparkling pressed powder eye shadow that adds just the right dimension to your look. Don’t forget the mascara to draw even more attention to your eyes.
On your cheeks
Not just on-trend, coral on your cheeks also has the added bonus of lending your face a healthy, sun-kissed flush – like you’ve actually been working out and eating your vegetables. We love ZOEVA Aristo Blush Palette for this, a trio of orange and peach blushes and highlighters in a super lightweight texture that blends seamlessly on your face. Apply your blush on the lower part of your cheek (just under the cheekbone) and contour upward.
In your hair
Coral hair, don’t care. Unlike other hair colours where you have to consider if the hue works with your undertones, coral is universally flattering and works for everyone. If you have dark hair, you’ll definitely need to head to a salon for a bleach and colour (pro tip: olive oil is a great natural method for restoring moisture and shine to coloured hair).
If you’re looking for something less permanent, we recommend L’Oreal Colourista in Rose Gold, a one-day spray-on colour that works even on darker hair.
On your nails
Fun fact: did you know that Pantone’s official beauty partner, Butter London created three different nail polishes in Living Coral? If you’ve been hesitant about rocking coral on your face, then the easiest, and most subtle way to wear this colour is definitely on your nails.
This incredibly versatile colour will make your hands look amazing, whatever your skin tone. Don’t forget to accessorise with complimentary rings or bracelets in gold or rose gold tones.