With the end of May drawing near, Spring in full swing, school coming to a close, and beautiful sunny weather warming us up, our anticipation for Summer is nearly overwhelming. Sunny LA is actually just recovering from a little cold front which threw us unsuspecting southern Californians into the chilly fifties last week. But today as the thermostat rushes into the seventies, I am reminded that summer is right around the corner. And with summer comes sandy beach days and lounging pool days with a good book in one hand and for me, a glass of ice tea in the other. If I could pick one thing that represents and reminds me of Summer, it would be the color coral. I have to admit that I’ve been a little bit obsessed with it lately, probably because I’ve been so eager for school to end and a hint of coral on my nails, lips, or even my phone case is my little reminder that Summer is right around the corner.
Nail color is usually my first way of greeting the new season. For some reason bright or crazy nail colors don’t really intimidated me, so for me, it’s the first part of my beauty routine that will jump the gun a bit into the colors of the new season. As usual, I definitely witnessed this trend of mine this spring. I think I started wearing bright pinks and corals on my nails in February hoping that it would some how usher along some warm weather. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been particularly committed to this specific color by Essie peach daiquiri. I think its been on my nails for around three weeks now, which by the way is some serious nail commitment for me since I have to repaint mine probably around every three to four days because I chip them so easily. Regardless, this color is really beautiful and has done a great job of brightening up my day. I can see this color being a nail color staple all summer long!
My second favorite way of incorporating coral into my beauty routine is through my lip color. Whether it’s a statement lip or a more warm nude, coral lipsticks are the way to go in the spring and summer. On my warm skin tone, the coral shade adds the perfect amount of flush without being too harsh or contrasting. For traditional lipstick formulas, I have two favorites. Revlon Coralberry is a light coral-orange color that can easily be dressed down or up depending on what you pair it with. For a night out, I really like wearing this shade with a bronze smokey eye, otherwise it’s really beautiful for a simple, but elegant daytime look. This lipstick is truly a staple in my spring/summer makeup bag and its versatility makes it great for travel. The other lipstick is definitely a statement lip color and is probably not the shade for anyone who’s afraid of brights. Maybelline Shocking Coral is a pinky-coral color that is incredibly pigmented and has a nice, smooth formula. Personally, because this color is so bright, I do prefer to apply it with a lip brush first so that I can get a nice clean line around my lips. So if you’re looking to branch out an experience a true pop of coral, this is your best bet.
Another great formula for lip summer lip products is a balm. For a true balm formula that gives incredible moisture, I recommend the Fresh Sugar balm in Coral. This product is perfect to throw in your purse or evening clutch to double as a lip moisturizer and a swipe of bright color. The Nars New Lover is a satin lip pencil with a slightly drier formula than the Fresh balm. Similar in color to the Revlon lipstick, this moisturizing lip balm is perfect for any daytime look and is one of those colors that just lives in my purse.
A great summer alternative to traditional lip formulas is a stain. The Revlon Cannes Crush is a beautiful bright coral that really lasts. When I wear this product, I may have to touch up once, but not always. It’s one of my beach bag favorites because it’s so easy and it never smudges or bleeds. Because it is a stain and has a drier formula, I do recommend putting a lip balm under it as a base, because otherwise my lips can get a bit dry. Lastly, for a traditional summery lipgloss, the Trish McEvoy lipgloss in Simply Glamorous is your perfect shimmery coral gloss. Because it’s not super pigmented, it looks beautiful over any coral lipstick. Also, its subtle warm shade and gold shimmer, allows it to look good over many other different shades. The formula is not sticky and feels really creamy.
Overall, coral is my favorite spring and summer shade. It’s really easy to incorporate into your makeup routine, whether your lips or nails, and looks so beautiful with a summer glow. I hope you all enjoy this color as much as I do!(Nars New Lover; Revlon Cannes Crush; Trish McEvoy Simply Glamorous; Revlon Coralberry; Maybelline Shocking Coral; Sugar Coral; Essie Peach Daiquiri)