How to wear coral makeup: A guide to tackling the Pantone 2019 colour of the year

How to wear coral makeup: A guide to tackling the Pantone 2019 colour of the year

Coral fixation

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Editor: Jolene Khor

Move over, millennial pink. 2019 is the year of 'living coral', as decreed by Pantone. Described by the institute's colour experts as "an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge", we can't help but translate that into makeup-speak to mean a gorgeous hue perfect for that monochromatic look. If playing up your face with this pink-orange hybrid shade sounds up your alley, we've broken down how to pull off living coral on your eyes, lips, and cheeks, matched to your skin tone. No need to thank us.

You'll want shades that lean more towards the softer and lighter end of the coral spectrum with predominantly cool undertones. Pale complexions suit pink-based corals best, but if you're fair with warmer undertones, go for products with a bit more orange in it.  



Your version of living coral is a palette of juicy (and fruity) summer shades the likes of peaches, apricots, and tangerines. The vibrant tones not only flatter your skin's bronzy cast, they add extra warmth to enhance the natural hint of gold or olive in your complexion.



Deep complexions have lucked out with living coral, because you get to go as bright and as orange as you please. If your undertone leans towards the warmer side, true orange-based corals are fab while those with cooler undertones will find corals with more red in them to better complement your skin tone.