Coral is the enduring hue of the warm seasons. From OPI trying to rename it every time they release a new spring collection to the fresh-faced cheek stains on every runway that make models look like they just took a lap around the block, coral is among the most universally flattering colors for any skin tone. And in 2012 it’s back again in all new ways. Take a look at 8 of my favorite ways to rock coral this season.
With leopard print. My favorite combo is coral and leopard print. It just says “fancy” to me. It’s a work appropriate combo that says “my leopard print might be a little sexy, but it’s mostly classy.”
Dewy cheek and lip stains. Spring is all about looking like you didn’t work too hard at your look. Winter, things on your face tend to stay put, but sweat and humidity become the enemy of lipliner and carefully applied foundation, so dab on something translucent to achieve a look that won’t wilt in the weather.
In your manicure, creatively. There’s nothing wrong with just painting all of your nails coral, but creative designs are the trend of the moment, so why not make your nails a work of art?
Big, chunky jewelry. If you’re going to make a statement with coral, big jewelry looks rich and opulent. Let one piece speak for itself, or pile them on.
JAZZHANDS Glitter Peep Shoes, $120.00 from Topshop
With gold. Something just screams luxury about the duo of coral and gold. It’s luxurious and playful at the same time.
With turquoise. The turquoise stone works, too. They’re naturally-occurring minerals that find one another in Native American and southwestern art and jewelry all the time, why not combine them yourself?
With navy. The contrast of navy and coral is understated and uncommon at the same time. You can mix accessories or, like this photo, find something that combines them in a textile.
Red Or Dead Berlin Bikini, $87.73 from Asos
Your bathing suit. Coral can make pale skin look healthier and a tan look tanner. Integrate it into your summer swim repertoire to put your skin in a good light.
Coral is unstoppable, and it’s doing us all a favor. As a shade that occurs naturally as an undertone in every skin tone (a natural “flush” of the lips and such), it’s no mystery why it sets off any complexion in a flattering way. A combo of pink and orange, it’s just a matter of finding your own hue; where you fall on the spectrum. Look at your tongue, actually, to see what persuasion of coral fits best with your skin, or just try a bunch out.
Do you integrate coral in your warm-weather arsenal? What’s your favorite way to wear it?