Spring Beauty Update: Crushing On Coral

Mimi ON Jul 02, 2012 AT 2:36 pm

Crushing on Coral

Pantone may have announced Tangerine Tango as the shade of 2012, but until we glimpsed the matte coral mouths at Jason Wu and the glossy and glowing cheek and eye combinations at Jaegar on the SS12 catwalks, we were yet to be convinced.

Unlike pure orange, or washed-out apricots, coral is not only universally flattering (it has a perfect balance of both cool and warm tones) but packs just enough of a vivid punch that it can happily replace your standard red (MAC Lady Danger anyone?) but not so much that all those nude-lip lovers will fear the upgrade.

This week, Clinique are launching their Spring Limited Edition Lipstick shade Runway Coral,  £16, which just happens to be one of the most luscious and vibrant coral shades we have encountered in a while. A sheer, satin textured lipstick, Runway Coral is the perfect complement to gently bronzed skin and a bare-naked eye.

Although lips and nails are the obvious areas of choice to place a coral shade. do not underestimate the beauty of a perfectly appointed coral blush. Albeit intimidating in the palette, the pure pigments in MAC Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin, deliver a soft, rather than punchy hue to the cheek. To apply, simply kiss skin with a lightly-loaded fluffy blusher brush. Working diagonally down from the temples towards the cheek for the most modern effect.

For those looking to create a Jaegar-inspired subtle coral glow, look for a liquid texture that can be easily blended, layered and built. Pixi Succulent Lip & Cheek Twin in Coral Camelia, £12 combines a sheer tint with a juicy gel-based sheen and looks just as gorgeous layered over lids as it does the cheeks. Benefit Chachatint, £24.50, is super-pretty and oh-so-subtle daubed over lips, cheeks and eyelids, whilst the cream-to-powder Topshop Blush in Head Over Heels, £6, is the perfect choice for first-time coral wearers.

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