I used to get so excited to learn what the Pantone Color of the Year was every year.
In case you aren’t familiar with the whole Color of the Year thing, Pantone is the global authority on colour standards and digital solutions for the design industry and each year they comb the world looking for new colour influences which ends up influencing product develop and purchasing decisions from a variety of industries, including fashion, home furnishing, and industrial design.
Although I haven’t really paid much attention to the announcements for the past few years (I mean, really, the colour of the year for me has been Millennial Pink for like two years now), I did make a note to take a look to see what it would be for 2019. And this year my friends, it’s Living Coral.
Living Coral is described by Pantone as an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with golden undertone. Just as coral reefs as a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embraces with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.
The Color of the Year will influence a number of industries this year, including the beauty world. Pantone says “as a life-affirming hue that complements all skin tones, PANTONE Living Coral brings natural color to beauty in blush, eye and lip. Uninhibited, playful looks are also emboldened by Living Coral, which, as the centre of a kaleidoscope of colour, encourages experimentation in beauty with palettes, textures, shimmers and sheens.”
Anyways, this brings us to today’s post since coral is a colour that I often play around with when it comes to makeup. Since it’s such a versatile shade, you can really wear it so many different ways. From the eyes to the lips to the cheeks, coral complements so many different skin tones and you can either wear it dramatically or faintly.
So let’s get to it, here are my top picks to rock Living Coral this year.
On the cheeks…
Coral is such an easy shade to sport on the cheeks and I find it’s more flattering for my skin tone than a blush-tied shade would be. It’s faint enough for a quick flush or you can layer it up for that punch of colour.
If you’re looking for a versatile blush, then take a look at Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in the shade Ridiiic (C$31), which is a golden papaya shade (but leans more towards a bright orange). This cream brush, housed in a magnetized case, gives you long wear and a lightweight finish. I love how you can really customize the colour; wear it lightly for a flush, or pack it on for a full-blown look. The formula is also cream to powder, meaning that it sets into skin nicely and doesn’t budge. They are meant to be layered, so you could grab Trippin, a gold-glazed apricot, to really play up the whole Living Coral look.
On the lips…
Another Fenty Beauty product, the Mattemoiselle lipstick in the colour Single (C$23) is described as a blushing nude, so it’s definitely a cool way to wear the shade without being totally obvious that you’re wearing it. I actually reviewed these a couple weeks ago on the blog and love how they are so slim and compact that they easily fit into even the smallest of purses. They also feature a soft matte finish that is comfortable to wear and packs a pop of colour.
If you want something a little more punchy, take a look at Up 2 No Good, a nude peach shade that will totally embody the essence of Living Coral if you want to be obvious you’re trying to rock it.
On the eyes…
You guys know I use orange shades a lot as my transition colour, so this was easy to find in my collection of shadows. If you are totally looking to completely embrace the shade this year, then you must pick up Huda Beauty’s Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Coral (C$35). This palette houses nine shadows that are complementary coral shades in matte and shimmer formulas. The shades in here range from burnt orange and dusty pink to brown and shimmery pink.
Other star palettes to consider would be Too Faced’s Sweet Peach palettes and CoverGirl’s Peach Punch palette.
For the skin…
Okay so technically this one doesn’t actually add Living Coral to your skin or anything, but the packaging on this is the prettiest shade of pink/coral that it would look amazing on your countertop and help you embrace the colour this year.
New from Lierac Paris, the Supra Radiance line includes five skincare products that are designed to regenerate skin’s radiance and provide anti-aging benefits. This line aims to mimic the activity of a key protein, NRF2 Protein, that acts on both the detoxification and reactivation of the skin’s youth process. As you continue to use the line everyday, you’ll notice that your skin looks smooth, luminous, and radiant.
Included in the line is the Anti-Ox Renewing Cream Gel (C$85), the Anti-Ox Renewing Cream (C$85), the Detox Renewing Night Cream (C$85), the Double Peeling Radiance Mask (C$60), and the Eye Radiance Serum (C$65). My top picks are the cream, the night cream, the eye serum, and the mask (which you apply once a week).
Since Living Coral is such an easy colour to pull off, I’m sure you’ll have so much fun creating different ways to wear it this year. Since it leans on the orange and pink sides of the spectrum, you can sport the shade a ton of ways. Wear a little coral lip or dab some of that colour on the cheeks. Or you know, just find pretty bottles that are the shade and proudly display them ;).
How will you be rocking Living Coral this year?
Please note, I was send this product by PR. All opinions are my own.
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