Forget the reds and blues, for 2015 the color to POP against cool-toned neutrals is coral. It carries all the power of and aggression of red, but is made approachable by the warm and social symbolism of orange–coral is the color of likable-leaders.
Because coral partially derives from a warm hue (orange), when set against cool-toned neutrals like: black, taupes, porcelains and true/ashy-browns it stands more vivd than a red, true-pink, or blue would appear.
Though, because it’s other parent is a cool-toned hue (red), coral won’t make any skin tone it juxtaposes appear orange or grey and it will pair well with both silver and gold-finished jewelry.
So why not try it? Coral may give you the confidence to take-a-risk, but it is a virtually risk-free color to wear. Follow the jump for tips on how to captivate-in-coral.
How-to ‘Pop’ Coral Colors
1. Coral will stand most vivid against cool-toned neutrals like taupe, porcelains, blacks, and ashy-browns (See picture above). This means the neutrals paired with it should have more grey/white undertones than yellow/orange undertones. While it is true coral can sit against rusty, burnt, or creamy-hued neutrals, it will appear more of a true pink or true red than a coral. It will also blend into the background color to form a flat intensity rather than standing out as an intense, foreground color.
2. Both gold and silver jewelry will layer well over coral–just keep it consistent throughout the look. Gold tones will make the coral appear more pink/red and silver tones will make it appear more orange.
How-To Apply Makeup for a Coral ‘Pop’ Look
Just as with choosing cool toned neutral clothing, all makeup should have a cool-undertone as to not disrupt the intensity of the coral in the outfit.
1. For the lips, look for True Pinks (like ballet or blush), rose, or wine colors (just make sure they are not too dark) for the lips and blush.
2.The sheerer the covering, the better: a more neutral-based created by the skin tone peeking through will keep the coral color in a balanced hue between red and orange.
3. Taupe, ash-brown, porcelain and pearl shadows will work best on the eyes because they are cool-toned. When choosing a color, always look for shadows that have a grey or white undertone rather than an orange or yellow undertone. Shadows should not have a value too far from that of the shade of the natural skin as too-high or too-low a value will detract from the coral color’s contrast sailiency.
4. A cool toned blush in a true/ballet-pink or rose will not disrupt the hue of the coral. However, it should be applied very lightly, and blended well with a highlight (above it) and bronzer (below it). Both the highlight and bronzer should have more ash than gold undertones so they blend without seams into the blush color.