Coral Is the New Summer Beauty Neutral and Yes, It’s Wearable

Abandon all fears–coral makeup is actually easy to pull off


It’s a bit played out, but during the summer everyone wants a natural, pretty, enviable glow. The new way to add that post-cardio flush–subtly–is with coral. When done right, coral gives you a quick, seasonal pick me up. Coral makes you look like you got a bit of sun–unlike harsh contouring–which isn’t fooling anyone.

Robin Black (famed makeup artist and author of Beauty Is Boring) agrees. She loves coral and orange-based blushes when on set. She notes that, “They’re flattering on many skin tones and much prettier than a taupe contour.” She instructs us to, “Apply color just on the apples of the cheeks for a subtle pop, or sweep the color more liberally across the upper cheekbones and towards the hairline for a dramatic evening look.” Don’t forget, she adds, to “Make sure to blend–or you will wind up looking like you are on your way to an 80’s party!”

There’s nothing gimmicky about coral. The idea is to leave skin practically bare, and to enhance one feature. Amy Schumer said it best: contouring is way too crazy for the average woman to handle. A subtle departure from bronzer, coral is an energizing and easy alternative to contouring for those who feel burdened by the thought of applying solid streaks of hard-to-blend brown sticks.

For cheeks, try Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion for a subdued effect. Perfect for beginners, the blush is light, peachy-toned, and gives you more of a subtle flush that looks current and ultrafeminine. And, no fancy blending brush is needed to get a fail-proof execution of color.

Lips can get tricky as coral might remind you of Mrs. Roper’s megawatt lips. The new corals actually look better in life than in pictures, because creamier formulations help you control the color. Go semi-sheer with Cle de Peau Beautè Extra Rich Lipstick in 211, which comes in a cool alternative to the traditional matte tube. The best part is that the intensity can be toned down when dabbed onto lips. Or go full on sheer with a touch of shimmer by using Makeup Forever Artist Plexi Glass Gloss in Golden Coral. Instead of gritty glitter, you’ll get a caramelized sheen that looks almost nude in indirect lighting.