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Makeup Trends to Try: Coral

Universally flattering coral makeup looks are what is trending NOW — here’s how to get in on this 2019 beauty trend!

Posted on March 18, 2019
Written by: 100% PURE®

What does your favorite color say about you? Our personal styles and the colors we wear can greatly reflect our mood, and give others hints on how to perceive us (or so they think!), or how we perceive ourselves. After cooling it down with Ultra Violet in 2018, Pantone had us clamouring for some warmth in 2019. So what is trending for color of the year — at least, according to Pantone? This year, you’ll catch us in Living Coral, the peachy pink Pantone color for 2019!

Coral is the perfect style accessory — vibrant without being overwhelming, and inherently warm while acting as a partner to pinks, reds, and berries. It’s been described as animated, enlivening and energetic, but what we love about coral is its versatility. One of the few universally flattering colors, coral makeup can be worn during the day and all the way through the evening, without looking out of place. We’ve got some quick tips on how to translate coral into your daily makeup look, and have identified our fave fruit pigmented® cosmetics that are up to the task!

Coral Coral for Eyes

When we think of eyeshadow colors, coral isn’t exactly the first to come to mind. Maybe it should be — coral pairs perfectly with gold, copper, rose gold, and champagne metallics, and gives a magnetic edge to blue, green, and hazel eye colors, while warming up all ranges of brown. Here are some enticing ways to wear this shade on your eyes:

Use coral as a wash of color across the lid, but don’t feel pressured to go out and buy more products. Have a coral lipstick or blush that you’ve been saving? Now’s the time to break it out and blend it into your beauty routine! We recommend trying out our Mermaid Palette for this: use blush shade Coral across the lid, then pearly coral Siren highlighter to blend into the crease. Skip blush and opt for bronzer instead, to keep your look warm and sunny. This coral look would go perfectly with top + bottom lashes, (faux) freckles, and a nude mauve lip.


Create a halo effect with your favorite coral and metallic eyeshadows; copper, gold, and rose gold go best with coral. Blend hot peach coral around your inner corner, above your crease, below your lower lash line, then finish with a pressed layer of metallic shadow at the middle of your lid. You may also want to add a pop of this metallic right on the tear duct, and pair this look with soft coral blush and a clear or tinted gloss.

Coral for Lips

As we mentioned before, coral is universally flattering which makes it an ideal lip shade. What’s more is that it works in a variety of finishes, from matte to gloss.

If a pop of gloss is your cup of tea, look no further than than the Lip Glaze collection. This semi-gloss lippie is as buttery as it sounds, with avocado and cocoa butters whipped into the formula. It glides on with ease, depositing a full layer of rich color while nourishing the lips. For a lighter color that compliments the sweet pastels of spring, go for Melontini. For richer tans, nights out on the town and deeper pigment, go for irresistible Coraline. Both of these shades are great on their own, but if dab a bit onto your index finger then warm and blend into the apple of your cheek, you’ll have a naturally flushed and sophisticated lipstick + blush pairing.

In the mood for matte? Swipe on and sizzle with this pinky-coral shade of Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick, Strawberry Cactus. This vegan and cruelty-free formula includes two of our most favorite summer fruits: apricots and cherries. They contribute vibrant natural pigment while fighting age-inducing free radicals and protecting your delicate lip skin while you wear. Since mattes are a bit harder to pull off, pair this shade with a skin-only eyeshadow look and lots of fluttery lashes for the perfect feminine flair. Go for glass-like skin using glow-from-within highlighting shades, and pull the hair back so it’s all eyes on the lips.

Coral-Makeup-opt-2 Coral for Skin

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of grabbing the same soft pink shade of blush every time you do a full face. We’d like to plead the fifth, but are guilt of this too — yet happy to shake things up for a cute coral color replacement! Here’s how:

Despite its bold-red name, our Fruit Pigmented® Blush in the shade Cherry makes a great coral skin tint. This matte blush has a barely-there kiss of luminescence, and blends easily into highlighted areas but also mimics the satin luminosity of natural skin. Buff a bit of this blush on cheeks and your inner glowing, peachy goddess will be revealed.

Go for minimal makeup and dewy, youthful skin with a creamy blusher that mimics natural skin. Our beloved Lip & Cheek Tint comes in a variety of shades (all of them natural and easy to wear), but Peach Glow is the one we want for satisfying our coral craving. Start off with moisturized skin, and add a single, short swipe to cheeks. Conceal imperfections or trouble areas with a BB cream or concealer, and blend out the edges with the remaining product. Swipe this tint on lips for a soft coral kiss, and finish the look with a touch of peachy-gold highlighter.

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