How To Right Now: Living Coral
We pay ode to Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019— Living Coral—a shade that totally pleases the make-up enthusiast in us.
Pantone’s colour of the year—Living Coral—is a beautiful and versatile shade that lies somewhere between orange and pink, making it the perfect inclusion to your make-up routine. The years prior to this have shown us some hues like green and purple, which can get quite tough to pull off on the face, especially for those who like to play it safe with make-up. Pantone describes this shade as “An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge,”—and the shade does stand up to this description. This soothing-yet-bright hue has great wearability, making it ideal to wear anywhere on the face and also, to any place, without stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s flattering, easy to pull off and so tempting to play with, so take a look at our tips on how you can make use of Living Coral in your look and get totally on-trend this year.
The best part about wearing this shade of coral on the eyes is that it’s not too intimidating. Unlike oranges, where you have to struggle to find the right undertone for you, coral is more muted and balanced, and is flattering on almost everyone. For those more adventurous, try a vibrant coral shadow. For those who’d rather not experiment too much, try a soft pink coral and blend it out with some gold to create a more classic look. Whether you choose to wear it all over your lid or just as an accent, watch this shade make your eyes look bigger and brighter.
Bored of doll-like pink and tangy tangerine lippies? Well, coral is here to your rescue. The bright and happy shade is just the right kind of pop your face needs, without making you look like you went overboard. To find the right coral for you, focus on the undertones: fair-skinned beauties can lean towards cooler undertones and pick peachy-corals, whereas those with darker complexions can try orange-y brights. The ability to control its intensity is a big plus point—coral can be the perfect accompaniment to a nude or full glam look.
Coral has always been a favourite when it comes to blush shades and, frankly, this is probably the easiest place to include this colour in your make-up routine. While red and pink blushes make you look flushed and rosy, coral is the hue that makes your face look healthy, tanned and chiselled. When it comes to warmer Indian complexions, many make-up artists actually prefer using coral blushes than pink ones as it looks beautiful on our skin tones. Depending on the depth of the colour, this even works as a contour; there’s no need to include that additional step in your routine—simply use your coral blush along your cheekbones and blend strategically to make those cheekbones pop!