Pantone recently dubbed Living Coral the official color of 2019, a highly anticipated announcement we look forward to every year. Naturally, the color of the year announcement is especially exciting to the beauty industry, as it often helps shape and influence major trends in color cosmetics. Unlike last year’s Ultra Violet election, this year’s coral hue is so much more wearable when it comes to beauty.
The color institute describes Living Coral as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” We couldn’t agree more, especially since coral makeup is flattering on virtually any skin tone. According to LA-based editorial and celebrity makeup artist Bree Stanchfield, “Coral and peach makeup is universally flattering because it’s a neutral color, meaning it’s equal parts cool and warm…. It gives everyone a very youthful fresh-faced look.”
Living Coral, of course is a distinctive iteration under the multifaceted coral branch, with slightly golden undertones, but you can rock the Pantone-approved hue regardless of your skin coloring with a few slight tweaks to make sure it pops. “Fair skin types should stick with the softer corals and peaches, [like] Bobbi Brown’s lipstick in Guava,” Stanchfield advises. Olive and medium skin tones, on the other hand, can really get away with any shade of coral makeup. “YSL lipstick in Peach Passion is one of my absolute favorites.” Unfortunately, it looks like YSL discontinued this shade, but we’ve linked a similar hue in the same creamy formula ahead.
According to Stanchfield, dark and deep skin tones are able to pull off brighter corals and tangerine shades; “Dose of Colors matte liquid lipstick in Coral Crush is a showstopper!” she says. There are also plenty of staple coral cosmetics that will work for all skin tones and undertones, including Stanchfield’s favorite new addition to her makeup kit. “MAC Strobe Cream in Peachlite [can be used as a primer or moisturizer], and it’s an amazing base for literally everyone. It gives a subtle peachy glow.”
While pink and rose-gold eye shadow looks became wildly popular this year, opting for a coral-hued eye is a bit more user-friendly and universally flattering if you’re curious to try the trend without running the risk of looking like you caught pink eye (there’s a fine line between chic and looking sick with pink eye looks, after all). Armed with an array of various gradients of corals, peaches and pinks, Too Faced’s Just Peachy velvet matte eye shadow palette offers a broad spectrum of buttery cream transition shades, bold and muted peaches and corals and rich brown and burgundy shades to add dimension.
This palette’s impressive range of color choices will work with a wide range of skin tones from ultra-fair to deep. “[It’s] one of the best palettes to play with,” says Stanchfield.
Another favorite? For medium, olive and deeper skin tones, Stanchfield loves the newly launched Obsessions eye shadow palette by Huda Beauty because it includes an array of highly pigmented tangerine shades for a pop as well as transitional shades in both mattes and shimmers.
Ahead, more products for taking on this year’s color du jour.
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Originally posted on StyleCaster.