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How to Wear Coral Lipstick

Jam-packed calendar? Crazy-busy mornings? Just plain time-starved? When you have approximately 4.3 minutes to pull together a polished makeup look, reach for a coral lipstick. Brighter than a true crimson, yet punchier than pink, coral is a warm red that plays well with every skin tone and magically makes your entire face glow. The best part: There are no complicated techniques or tools required. To get the look right, it’s all about keeping the rest of your makeup simple—think radiant, healthy skin and inky black lashes—for an overall effect that’s chic and clean, but with a pop. Watch how it’s done, then get the step by step below.

How to Wear Coral Lipstick

Step 1: Start with dewy skin.
There’s a reason why makeup artists have Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator in their kits. This lightweight gel is supremely hydrating, yet absorbs instantly, making skin look plump, dewy and perfectly prepped for makeup.

Step 2: Create a radiant glow.
Even out your overall skin tone, without looking “made up,” with Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15. The sheer formula can be applied just with your fingers (the warmth of your hands helps makeup sink in seamlessly), and leaves a naturally lit-from-within finish.

Step 3: Lengthen and lift lashes.
The quickest way to wide-awake eyes: Curled lashes. Skip the lash curler with High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara, which has special polymers to lengthen and lift lashes—and keep them that way for 12 hours. Tip: As you swipe the mascara  through your lashes, gently press the brush head against the tips of your lashes for a few seconds before releasing. This will enhance the curl even more.

Step 4: Go for a bold, bright coral.
For instant wow, go bold with Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Poppy Pop. (Want to dip your toe into the trend first? Try Melon Pop, a paler peachy coral.) More than just a pretty color, this lipstick is also packed with hydrating and nourishing shea and Murumuru butters just like your favorite lip balm. Start by using the tip of the bullet to draw an X to define the Cupid’s bow—no lip liner required.

Step 5: Clean up and define your lip line.
When you wear a bold lipstick, precision is key. Smooth out any imperfections and define your lip line with Airbrush Concealer, which has an easy-to-wield tapered brush. Just swipe along the edge of your lips and blend it in with your fingers.

Photos: Mosspark | Words: Hilary Presley