TREND: Coral, The Color For Summer

TREND: Coral, The Color For Summer

With just over a month left of summer, we thought we’d give you one final color trend you need to be wearing come beach or bbq – coral! Just last week Rose Byrne was spotted wearing a coral lip to the  Zimmerman 2011 Resort Collection dinner in Hollywood. Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles created the “bright, happy” look.

We spoke with Fiona along with 4 other amazingly gifted makeup artists to find out their tips on how to wear coral right, why coral is summer’s it color, and their must-have product recommendations.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles: “Coral works on all skin tones and is more fun and festive than a red or pink lip (it also makes teeth look nice and white). It’s less vixeny than red and more sophisticated than shocking pink. With fair skin it gives a beautiful contrast to the skin and with warmer skin tones it brings out the pretty golden undertones.”

Product Picks: “My hands down favorite coral lipstick is Ginger Fawn from Tom Ford’s Private Collection. It’s not too orange, not too pink amd is the perfect texture.”

M·A·C Cosmetics Senior Artist Chantel Miller: “The coral trend is about the 70’s coming back. The trend began lightly in NY and then in Milan.  The difference this season is thatcoral is being used as a monochromatic “look” rather than a single point of reference in a makeup.  What makes this easy to wear is that one product can be used in multiple places.

Remember coral will always be a color that is celebrated in trend because it is a basic skin tone enhancer for a glamorous smokey eye, an angelic dash of color when romantic makeup is the rage and just an all around shade that works well at anytime.  When the trend focuses on coral you can really let it loose!”

Product Picks: “Try MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Peaches or M·A·C PRO Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle, lightly applied to eyes lips and cheeks, the trick is to keep it all quite sheer.  Perfectly applied mascara is a must, try M·A·C Cosmetics Mascara in Haute & Naughty Lash, and slightly tanned skin can really work if coral feels like too much color for you, try M·A·C Cosmetics Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze or Refined Golden.”

Lancôme National Makeup Artist Alex Sanchez: “Coral has a wonderful brightening effect for the face. Be sure to choose coral lipstick shades that are creamy and glossy vs. matte and metallic. Think modern beach-peachy vs. dated frosty-apricot.”

Celebrity Makeup Artist Beau Nelson: “Coral makeup looks great on everyone, and its particularly easy to wear in the summer months when you have a bit of a tan, although I also love coral makeup on very pale skin.

Coral cream blush is a must have for summer because its easy and its dual purpose. Using your index finger and middle finger pick up product and then rub the product on the same fingers from the opposite hand. Use a gentle tapping motion on the cheeks with both hands at once to evenly distribute the color onto the cheeks, and the tapping motion will blend it for you.

A bright coral lip is a great summer evening statement. Apply straight from the tube and then use a light tapping motion of your index finger to push the color out to the edges so its soft and blended looking. Dust bronzer all over the face and add two coats of mascara to complete the look. Softly metallic coral blush is a pretty way to enhance skin, try layering it over an existing matte blush to add dimension and create a shade all your own.”

Product Picks: NARS Gina blush; MAC Virgin Isle Cream Color Base; Illamasqua Mistress Intense Gloss; Chanel Orange Fizz Nail Color; Glominerals Passion Fruit Lipstick”

Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist Ricky Wilson: “Coral is always a great color to wear in the summer because it looks best on sun kissed skin. It is also a color that any skin tone can wear with confidence if done right.

Eyes: Wearing color is tough for many women but if you keep the brighter color sweep on your lids you will avoid looking to bright and made up. Coral shades can be worn as an instant eye popping look in just a few steps. I like to take one color and sweep it on the lid blending up to the crease, followed by a touch of brown eye pencil and Diorshow Blackout mascara.

Cheeks: Who doesn’t love a nice summer flush?? It’s the easiest way to pull your look together in the summer without adding lots of makeup. One of my fave summer looks is blushing the apples of the cheeks with the new Diorblush in Pink in Love and adding a touch of mascara and lip gloss.

Lips: Corals can be bold or sheer for the lips as both look amazing depending on your own personal style of makeup. The key to wearing coral in the summer is ditch the harsh lip liner. You want the edges of your pout to look soft and natural. Try blotting the lipstick on with your finger starting in the center of your mouth and work out towards the edges. Feel free to gloss this look for a nice succulent lip or keep it demi matte for a retro coral effect.”

My favorite coral color picks:

Lancome Replenishing & Enhancing Lipcolor in Coral Ribbon

Givenchy Gloss Interdit in Succulent Orange

Rouge Dior in Coral Serum

Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color In Prim & Poppy

Aubrey Organics Powder Blush in Bronzed Peach


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