The Pantone Color Institute has announced it’s 2019 Color of the Year. Drumroll please…it’s Living Coral. Oh, I hear you. “I can’t wear coral.” Oh, yes, you can. And I’m going to show you how. (BTW, the collage at the top is clickable, as are all of the images in this post.)
Y’all know that we do our very best here at Empty Nest Blessed (LOL, I sound like a big corporation!) to keep you up-to-date. Every month I publish a SO in the KNOW post, where I try to give you the latest scoop on what I’ve been learning and loving in the empty nest. (See December’s here, November’s here, and October’s here.) The Color of the Year is a big deal because we’ll see it reflected in fashion, beauty, home goods, and more this year, and in the years to come. Remember these colors of the year?
2018 – Ultra Violet
2017 – Greenery
2016 – Rose Quartz
2015 – Serenity
2014 – Marsala
To see examples of these, click here and scroll to the very bottom of the page. Pantone won’t let me reproduce the swatches here. Actually, that brings up a good point. Um, just who are these Pantone #colorbosses? And why do they get to dictate the color of the year? How do they select it?
We need answers! I’m on it, y’all.
Pantone and The Color Institute
Here’s the deal. Pantone was founded in 1963 by Lawrence Herbert. He created a consistency system for identifying, matching and communicating, and standardizing colors across the print and textile design industries. Today, the company’s most well-known segment is the Color Institute, which makes the big prediction of what color we’ll be seeing everywhere in the upcoming year. According to its website, to make the determination, they study how, “color influences human thought processes, emotions, and physical reactions, furthering its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively.” Okey-dokey, then. (Just sayin’…that’s a lot of pressure to put on a single color, dontcha think? Hahaha!)
The 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral
This year, the Pantone Color Institute chose this orange-pink as the hot hue for 2019. They say, “vibrant, yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” (Alrighty then.) They say they selected it because it “welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity” and it symbolizes our “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” (Again, lots of pressure on poor Living Coral.)
This Year’s Color of the Year=Good News for Consumers
Although your initial, visceral reaction to Living Coral may or may not have been a good one, I want you to hear me out! As opposed to the colors of the year in the past five+ years, Living Coral can be tweaked to allow it to work on every skin tone, depending on whether you take it orangey or pinky. (Um, not entirely sure “orangey” and “pinky” are real words…Hahaha!) If you look at the collage above, you’ll see that I tried to use examples of coral that had both warmer orange undertones and cooler pink undertones.
Back in December, I wrote a post about how to find the perfect shade of red lipstick for your skin tone. In it, I took you through a pretty detailed analysis to help you determine if your underlying skin tone was warm or cool. You might want to review that post if you’re still unsure about the undertone of your skin. If you’re a warm undertone (like me), you’ll want to go with an orange-based shade of coral (like this lipstick). If you’re a cool undertone, you’ll want to go with a pink-based coral (like this dress).
Living Coral: How to Wear the Color of the Year
So, now that we’ve established which coral is right for you, I’m going to share some ways that you can incorporate this vibrant shade into your existing wardrobe and makeup. Unless you’re feeling really confident that you are rocking the right Living Coral for you, you might want to focus on beauty products like nail polish and accessory items like shoes, handbags, or jewelry.
The Color of the Year in Beauty
When it comes to adding a new color into your existing makeup, be careful! There is no such thing as a “universal” lipstick that works on everyone. The closest thing you can get to a “universal” color is either an almost imperceptible “nude” tone or a sheer color or gloss that lets your skin’s natural undertone shine through. When it comes to Living Coral, if you’ve already established that your skin has a warm undertone, go with an orange-based coral, like Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipstick in Arousing Orange. If you have cooler undertones, think about a pinker coral lipstick like MAC’s Vegas Volt. In fact, MAC just released a line of all-coral lipsticks with thirteen beautiful shades! (See, I told you we’d start seeing it everywhere!) 🙂
If you’re feeling insecure about the whole situation and you want to stick with a sheer gloss, try Lancome’s L’Absolu Gloss in 141 Elfin. Or opt for a sheer balm like Tarte’s Quench Lip Rescue in Coral.
Looking for a low-commitment way to wear Living Coral? Opt for a nail lacquer in everything from the “official” Butter London + Pantone Living Coral to a pinker coral like OPI’s Got Myself Into a Jam.
The Color of the Year in Clothing
If you feel certain that you know which version of coral is best for you, be bold and ahead of the fashion curve by wearing the color up by your face. (My skin has a warm undertone, so I just bought this cute coral turtleneck pocket sweater at Loft.) For those of you with cooler undertones, consider this darling jersey shirt dress from Boden. If you love the color but aren’t sure about it up by your face, you can try these cute skinny jeans, also from Boden.
The Color of the Year in Shoes & Handbags
Incorporating a trendy color into shoes or handbags is a great way to make a strong style statement without worrying if you’ve chosen the exact right shade. A pop of color is the perfect way to make a neutral outfit, well, pop! As the cool weather transitions into spring (let’s be real, we’re still at least two months away!), try livening up an all-black outfit with coral.
My favorite handbag of these three is also the least expensive. Can you guess which one it is?
The Color of the Year in Accessories
Look out for more jewelry and sunglasses in various shades of coral as we head toward spring.
Okay, so have I convinced you? Are you planning to incorporate some shade of coral into your looks this year? I am!
Happy Weekend, y’all! I hope the weather is going to be wonderful where you are this weekend so you can get out and enjoy! We’re expecting warmer temps in Dallas, and this sun-lover is one excited girl! Bob and I are going to a 60th Anniversary party for our friends Bill & JoAnne this weekend, and we are so looking forward to celebrating them. Do you still have college kids home? Our girl is here for one more weekend. Whew, when she leaves there’s going to be a lot less noise, laughter, and drama, that’s for sure! We’re gonna miss her. Next week on Empty Nest Blessed, we’re going to be talking winter skin survival, I’m giving you a life update with one of my Coffee Talk posts, and I’ve got a BIG, surprise announcement that I CANNOT wait to share with you! Ahhhhh!!!!!
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