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Ever since Pantone crowned “Living Coral” its color of the year, the favorite spring hue has been popping up everywhere. We’ve seen it in home decor and fashion, and no surprise, beauty. One of the easiest ways to incorporate this cheery color into your every day is with makeup. We love vibrant blushes and creamy eyeshadows, but we’re especially into the best coral lipsticks.
How to Find the Best Coral Lipstick for You
As with any lipstick color, some shades tend to look better on certain skin tones. So whether you’re fair, olive or dark-skinned, follow these tips to find the best coral lipstick for you.
Best Coral Lipstick for Fair Skin: If you have lighter skin, a peachy, nude-based coral will bring out rosy undertones and give you a youthful and healthy-looking flush. Also consider a more muted melon — a matte formula pops against fair tones without looking garish.
Best Coral Lipstick for Olive Skin: Try an orange-toned coral to balance any green pigments in your skin. Bonus: The subtle blue undertones in these shades will neutralize the yellow in your teeth and give you an instantly brighter smile.
Best Coral Lipstick for Dark Skin: A vibrant red coral will add a pretty punch and instant warmth to a deeper complexion. Add a sheen of a gloss to reflect light and optically blur lip lines.
Best Coral Lipsticks for Every Skin Tone
Whether your skin is a light porcelain, a warm olive or a rich ebony, there’s a coral lipstick out there with your name on it. Keep scrolling for FIRST’s picks for the best drugstore and high-end lipsticks in the color every woman will be wearing this spring.
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Best Coral Lipstick For Fair Skin Drugstore
1. Best Drugstore Coral Lipstick for Fair Skin
Designed to enhance your natural lip color, those with fair skin will love Maybelline's New York Color Sensational Nude Lipstick in Naked Coral. This creamy, pigmented coral is perfect for anyone looking for a subtle pop of color that won't break the bank.
Where to buy: $5.21, Amazon
Best Coral Lipstick For Fair Skin High End
2. Best High-End Coral Lipstick for Fair Skin
Too Faced's Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Peach Beach is the perfect balance between a peach and coral lipstick. It's hydrating, long-lasting and best of all, it's infused with peach and sweet fig milk that smells (almost) good enough to eat.
Where to buy: $21, Sephora
Best Coral Lipstick For Olive Skin Drugstore
3. Best Drugstore Coral Lipstick for Olive Skin
For those with an olive skin tone, try something vibrant like the orange-y red Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sweet Nectar. Made with vitamin A and C, this warm and bright shade will nourish your lips while you wear it.
Where to buy: $5.99, Milani
Best Coral Lipstick For Olive Skin High End
4. Best High-End Lipstick for Olive Skin
YSL is known for their luxury lipsticks, and when it comes to the perfect orange-y coral lipstick, it's hard to beat their Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 13 Le Orange. Smooth and incredibly pigmented, this lipstick comes in a satin finish for the most comfortable wear that lasts all day.
Where to buy: $38, Sephora
Best Coral Lipstick For Dark Skin Drugstore
5. Best Drugstore Lipstick for Dark Skin
Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine in Bright Poppy will give a beautiful contrast to the rich undertones in a darker complexion. Its non-sticky, non-drying formula acts like a three-in-one, combining the pigment of a lipstick, the shine of a lip gloss, and the conditioning of a lip balm. Win-win-win!
Where to buy: $4.27, Amazon
Best Coral Lipstick For Dark Skin High End
6. Best High-End Lipstick for Dark Skin
If bullet-style lipsticks are more your speed, head on over to Sephora to pick up NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anabella. One of the most beloved lipsticks around, this cult-favorite comes in 24 bold colors, but Anabella is the perfect poppy red.
Where to buy: $34, Sephora
Portions of this piece were originally printed in First for Women, with additional online reporting done by Sarah M. Vazquez
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