Friday, January 4, 2019

How to Wear Coral Like a Pro

In case you haven't heard, the 2019 Pantone color of the year is....CORAL! I am really pleased with this selection from the color authority because coral looks beautiful on just about everyone. It complements my blue eyes. Light washes of coral are a lovely choice for fair skin and bolder, brighter selections of the hue look lovely on those with a deeper complexion than mine.

If you are still unsure about how to work this color into your makeup routine, I have pulled together a bunch of options for you. 

First, I will share a look that I created complete with step by step instructions. 

The Eyes:

As usual, I prepped my kids with an eye primer. This will really help the color stand out, and prevent creasing. 

I used a couple of different palettes and shadows, but use anything in your collection that looks similar. 

I began with the very popular Yes, Please palette from Colourpop. This super affordable palette has a great selection of colors and textures. 

As a base for my look, I picked up the light peach shadow from the palette on a Real Techniques #200 Bold Metals brush. If your skin is deeper than mine, use the slightly darker more orange toned color next to it. The brush I chose has a nice large brush head allowing me to coat my lid with color in one swipe. After applying this shadow to my eyelid, I used a Coastal Scents BR-C-S06 brush to blend out any edges. 

Next, I wanted to create the appearance of a shadow on the outer corner of my eyelid and trace out my crease. For this step, I switched to the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty palette because I wanted to use the color Subtle, a cool brown. If you prefer a warmer brown for this step, there is a good one in the Colourpop palette I used earlier. 

I recommend using a pencil brush for this step, such as the Royal & Langnickel Revolution BX-95 brush. This allowed me to easily draw my crease exactly where I wanted it, I deal for those with hooded or uneven eyes. 

Now it is time for the coral! Sticking with the Thirsty palette, I used an ecotools smudge brush to apply Biiiitch! (A bright coral) to the outer corner of my lid, the upper crease, and the lower lash line. I highly recommend this ecotools brush. It is great for all eye sizes and shapes, and really allows for precise placement. 

To create a natural looking gradient on the eye, I applied Taste Buds (matte salmon) from the Thirsty palette to the center of my lid using My All Over Shadow brush from MyKitco

Another brush that I highly recommend is the Furless Cosmetics PPM1 brush. The small size really helps with getting into the inner corner of the eyelid. 

Picking up a single eyeshadow from Urban Decay called Freelove, I sprayed my Furless brush with Mario Badescu facial spray to intensify the shimmer. I applied this color to the inner corner of my eyelid, and lower lashline. 

Don't forget to keep blending your shadows together and buff out any harsh edges. 

As I get older, I am favoring matte colors under my brow more often. Parched (matte ivory) from the Thirsty palette worked perfectly for this. I applied it using my Sigma Short Shader - E20 brush.

I wanted a softer eyeliner for this look, so I picked up my Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette and combined Just Ripe & Chocolate Dipped. I stamped this mixture along the upper lash line using a Sigma Flat Definer E15 brush. 

For my waterline, I opted for a chocolate brown liner. My go-to is Dominatrix from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. This pencil is technically a lip liner, but the vegan formula is completely eye safe. 

To darken my lashes, I used Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara. As I am sure you may know, this brand is now cruelty-free! 

The Cheeks:

Tarte makes some of the most beautiful blushes. I opted for their Amazonian Clay 12-hr blush in the color Magic. I swept this matte coral blush on the tops of my cheekbones using the Kat Von D #2 Powder Contour Brush. 

For highlighter, I used the peach shade from the Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals palette. The Real Techniques Setting brush is perfect for applying powder highlighter like this one. 

The Lips:

I am so happy with the lip color I chose for this look. I used Wet n Wild Coral Corruption Liquid Catsuit, an affordable and comfortable matte liquid lipstick. For lip liner I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Grandma (discontinued).

Some other great coral lip colors are:

  • Too Faced Melted Coral Liquified Long Wear Lipstick 
  • Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Confidential 
  • NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Peony 
  • Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Miami 
  • Becca Beach Tint
  • Urban Decay Lip Pencil in Wired 
  • Nuance by Salma Hayek in Coral 
  • Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Fiery Coral (more of a pinky-coral)
  • Tarte Glamazon lipstick in Bold 
  • Physicians Formula Lip Gloss in Natural 
  • NYX India 
  • Covergirl Coral Cat 
  • Milani Crystal Gloss 
  • Buxom Matte lipstick in Naturally Daring 

The Face:

The rest of these items are not coral colored, but they did contribute to the overall look. I started with Aveda mineral tinted moisture applied with a Kevin Aucoin Foundation brush. To hide my dark circles,  I painted on some IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer with a Christopher Drummond Concealer brush (discontinued) and blended it out with my E.L.F. Total Face Sponge. For bronzer, I applied Petal Essence Face Accents in Bronze Glow from Aveda with a Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K. Pro Powder brush. For extra coverage, and to blend out my bronzer,  I used Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation in Light Warm, applied with an E.L.F Complexion brush.

Here is the final look:

If you are looking for more coral eyeshadow options, here are some of my favorites:

  • Makeup Geek Mango Tango 
  • NYX Love in Paris / Merci Beaucoup has a lovely coral.
  • Mixing Just Peachy & Peach Punch from the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette is also a great choice. 
  • Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow trio in Brown Sugar has a lovely lighter coral for those who are super fair.
  • Try Kitten Parade from Sugarpill for something with more shimmer. 

The picture above is without flash, below with flash (both are without filter).

What do you think about Pantone's color of the year? Tell me your favorite coral makeup products below! 

*All of the products used in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews. This is not a sponsored post. 

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