With the new year fast approaching, there’ll be fresh starts for us all – including the colour gurus at Pantone. In case you didn’t know, every year Pantone releases its ‘colour of the year’, which is influenced by everything from fashion to nature. Unlike this year’s colour (ultraviolet, FYI), 2019’s is a lot easier to pull off in our makeup routines. It’s coral – Living Coral, to be exact! To help you embrace 2019 and get ahead of the curve, we’ve rounded up our top Living Coral picks, so start trendsetting now…

coral toned makeup that matches the 2019 pantone shade

When announcing Living Coral as 2019’s colour of the year on Instagram, Pantone (@pantone) described it as ‘an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens’. If that doesn’t sell it to ya, we don’t know what will. Safe to say, we’re obsessed.

A moment on the lips

If coral has a place anywhere, it’s the lips. It suits pretty much every skin tone and can add a pop of springtime brightness to any look. If you want just a kiss of coral lovin’, go for Nivea Lip Crayon in Coral Crush. It’s super-nourishing and has great colour payoff for a product that’s like a lip balm. For a more ‘done’ look, line and fill in your lips with Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Coral Fire, then sweep Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Sass over the top.

Nivea Nivea Lip Crayon Coral Crush 3g £3.32 Buy Now
Maybelline Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lipliner 440 Coral Fire £3.99 Buy Now
Rimmel Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick Coral Sass 600 £6.49 Buy Now

Crushin’ on blush

Coral is also a great tone for the cheeks, especially for anyone with a more golden complexion – fake tanners and olive beauties, we’re talking to you! The orange-y undertones in coral complement yellow tones in your skin and can help give you a natural glow without too much of the rosy-cheek factor. Our pick? Nip+Fab Makeup Blusher Palette in Blushed 1. Sweep the top right shade over the apples of your cheeks and you’ll be skipping into 2019 knowing you’re bang on trend.

Nip + Fab NIP+FAB Make Up Blusher Palette 15.2g Blushed 1 £10.95 Buy Now

Nail the trend

Coral on nails makes us think of fresh spring weekends with your mates as the days get longer and warmer. We can’t wait for spring, though, so we’re bringing that vibe waaaaaay forward with this one and suggesting you trend up your talons asap. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Malibu Peach is legit the perfect shade of coral to match Pantone’s colour of the year. With a gel-like high-shine formula, your nails will be looking fab from the moment the clock strikes 12.

Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Malibu Peach Peach 380 £9.99 Buy Now

Eye it up

Not only does Revolution Re-Loaded Palette in Newtrals 3 have the ultimate coral shadow (top right), it also has every other colour you need to complement it. Whether you’re after a soft wash of on-trend shadow with a hint of highlight on the inner corner or you’re looking to go all-out glam with a gold and coral smoky eye, this palette has it all.