Who are Pantone?
Pantone, is the leading authority on all things ‘colour’ - they provide a “ universal language of colour that enables colour-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers.”
Their colour reference charts allow graphic designers, fashion designers, and manufacturers (to name but a few) to talk a common language when it comes to colour, as each colour created is given a specific reference number.
Do you remember these colour charts? Still seen today in many locations…
Their influence is far reaching - make-up, fashion, product packaging, home furnishings and even the mood lighting for the interior of the Kia K900 car (!) - and no more so than when they announce their “colour of the year”, which is promptly followed by an influx of products focused on that ‘colour’.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019: Living Coral
It is “evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of colour”, says Pantone
This year their colour of the year is ‘Living Coral’. Described by Pantone as: “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”.
Definitely a colour more suited to those of you with a warm skin tone ( - yellow undertone), so an Autumn or Spring season of colours. For those of us with a cooler undertone to our skin we would need to seek out clothing and make-up with a pinker element to it…. and that’s what happens each year, there is a focus on a particular colour and if that particular colour is not flattering for us then we need to be strong and resist the temptation to buy, even if we do really, really love that colour, as I do with this ‘living coral’ (- it’s such a beautiful tranquil colour) but, sadly, not right for me with my Summer colourings!!
My Top 4 Make-up Products in Pantone’s Colour of the Year
Hourglass, Ambient Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra, £35
Hourglass, make some gorgeous make-up products and this blusher is most definitely one of those products! As you would expect from a high-end make-up brand, this blusher is highly pigmented and gives excellent results. When applied it gives a glowing, radiant, almost 3-dimensional look - it’s beautiful!
The Incandescent Electra colour is more suited to a warm skin tone but if you have a cool skin tone try Diffused Heat.
RMS, Lip2Cheek in Smile, £34
Over the last 12 months or so I have been delving more and more into the world of ‘green / organic / natural’ skincare and makeup products - it’s a whole new world, with lots of confusing (and sometimes misleading) information but I’m determined to seek out those products that I believe are ‘right’ for you as well as for me.
RMS delivers a beautiful range of organic make-up products and this lip-2-cheek is one of my favourites. I love using creamy blushers, as the result is more hydrating and natural-looking. The only downside is that the longevity is not there, in the same way as you would find with a powder.
Chantecaille, Cheek Shade in Coral Laughter, £35
Chantecaille - the epitome of luxury and definitely one of my favourite make-up brands at the moment… great products and a great brand philosophy. This collection of cheek shades supports various causes and this one, Coral Laughter, supports The Marine Conservation Institute: “Today three quarters of the world’s coral reefs are at risk due to unsustainable illegal fishing, global warming and pollution….” Chantecaille donates a portion of its “proceeds to support the Marine Conservation Institute and their efforts to protect the world's oceans.”
This shade of their powder blusher is a warm, peachy pink, so suitable for most skin types.
Charlotte Tilbury, Hot Lips Lipstick in Hot Emily, £24
If you are seeking a bright, warm coral lipstick then this is it - perfect for someone with Spring colourings! “This bright hot coral lipstick is inspired by the dynamism of Emily Ratajowski’s intelligent Charlie’s Angel’s sexiness and the modern cool-girl raunchiness”, says Charlotte Tilbury.
If you try any of the products above let me know what you think in the comment box below - I would love to hear how you get on.
In the next few months I will be launching my first make-up demonstration focusing on using ‘green/natural/organic’ make-up products, if you are interested in attending such an event please register your interest by clicking on the button below, which will take you to my ‘contact form’, please fill this in and further details will be sent to you when they become confirmed.
For further interesting reading take a look at: Pantone’s Fashion Color Trend Report - London Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2019.