Beauty Items In Pantone’s ‘Living Coral’

It’s official: ‘Living Coral’ is Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year. The colour institute describes the shade as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”


With the Christmas celebrations in full swing, the vivid orange-pink shade sounds like what we need to revive our sullen, hungover complexions. In fact, this auspicious colour is ideal for Chinese New Year too.

If you’d like to swipe on a vibrant swathe of orange, here are 20 beauty products you can add to your beauty arsenal.

For your lips

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If a berry lip is too vampy for daytime and a classic red is getting stale, consider a coral hue. The shade flatters most skin tones and brightens dull complexions. And thanks to our perpetual summer, a bright orange-pink lip never looks out of place.

Go sheer with a tinted balm and gloss, or bold with a striking full coverage lipstick.

Sheer (left to right):
Laneige Stained Glasstick in Mandarine Garnet (S$34)
Fresh Beauty Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Punch (S$36)
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Tint in Coral (S$38)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in Forbidden Fruit (S$42)

Opaque (left to right):
Sephora Collection Nano Lip Liner in Bright Coral (S$7)
Moonshot Cream Paint in Orange Souffle (S$27)
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Wired (S$31)
NARS Satin Lipstick in Niagara (S$40)

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For your cheeks

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A coral-toned blush warms up your complexion to give you a youthful, sun-kissed glow. Apply these to your cheeks with a light hand, and build the colour on after. You can also dab the cream formulas on your eyes and lips for a balanced, monochromatic look.

Cream (left to right):
K-Palette Cheek Tint in 01 Orange (S$13.95)
Stila Convertible Color Two-in-One Lipstick and Blush in Petunia (S$36)
Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush in Coral (S$52)
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint in Smile (S$60)

Powder (left to right):
IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush in Coral Flush (S$42)
TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blissful (S$47)
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Grapefruit (S$49)
Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Powder Blush (S$53)

For your eyes

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This vivid shade puts a feminine spin on the black smokey eye. It’s saturated but still soft and romantic.

These eyeshadows come in burnt oranges and dusty pinks, so layer the shimmers over the matte finishes for a sultry look. You can also add a touch of gloss over your lids to switch up your makeup.

Left to right:
Colourpop Super Shock Pigment in Animal (S$5)
Abduct Cosmetics Shady Beach Palette (S$48)
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Coral (S$55)
Estée Lauder La Dangereuse Amour Amour Eyeshadow Palette (S$90)

How To Wear ‘Living Coral’ Coloured Makeup

A vibrant, coral shade is the highlight of your look, so pair your makeup with an outfit that’s a little more muted in comparison. All black ensembles allow the colour to pop, and gold accessories help accentuate the golden undertones in ‘Living Coral’.

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