Pantone has recently announced its Colour of the Year for 2019, and the baton has been passed from purple to a bright, cheery blush orange named “Living Coral”. This sunset hue comes inspired by thriving, healthy ocean coral — a message of optimism amidst the rampant deluge of climate change.
While Living Coral is branded as a new hue, this shade is something not unfamiliar. The makeup world has long been designing products around this sprightly colour, be it blushes, lipsticks, nail polishes and more. This beautiful warm colour pairs perfectly with the full spectrum of skin tones. In the spirit of celebrating Pantone’s new addition to the colour pantheon for the year, we’ve picked our favourite Living Coral products to add to your dresser.
This Tom Ford Beauty cheek palette has two vibrant blushes that can be used in a myriad of ways. The bright coral blush can be applied either wet for a sheer look, or dry for a bolder finish. It can even be combined with the rose to create a whole new coral tone that sings of summer. Talk about versatile.
S$120. Available at Tom Ford Beauty and Sephora.
HERA’s Lip Gelcrush is one of our favourite lipstick releases this whole year because of how the product merges gloss with full-pigmentation and comfort. The extensive shade range includes March Coral, a juicy orange tone that complements anything between a simple to a dramatic makeup look. Keep this in your makeup pouch and never let go.
S$45. Available at HERA ION Orchard and Takashimaya Department Store.
Go beyond cosmetics for your face and bring Living Coral to your nails too. Chanel Beauty’s nail varnish in “Coralium” is such a dynamic coral colour that instantly recalls better times on the beach, and it makes for a fresh alternative to classic red nails when you want to go bold.
S$40. Available at Chanel Beauty counters and boutiques.
Guerlain’s limited edition blush and highlighter duo is a fall fantasy come true. The rich coral can be sheered out when swirled with the highlighter above or used on its own for a powerful pop of colour. The fact that this product is two-in-one also makes it very travel-friendly, saving you space in your makeup bag without sacrificing on options.
S$75. Available at Guerlain counters and Sephora.
Laura Mercier has bundled its signature matte lip products in its special Christmas gift bundle, the Velour a Deux Lip Duo. It comes with a mini Velour Lovers Lip Colour in a refreshing coral tone to wear if you prefer your matte lipsticks to feel hydrating, as well as a Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick to wear if you prefer long-lasting wear.
S$55. Available at Sephora.