Monday, April 15, 2013

Five Out of Five Lipstick Bandits Agree: Coral Isn't Real

As you can imagine, the Lipstick Bandits banter about our upcoming assignments months in advance. At some point in the midst of the bleak midwinter we began to converse about coral, the color that is unquestionably linked with spring and early summer. Strangely enough, many of us agreed that coral isn't actually a real color. Allow me to explain. Much like the term "peachy pink" that seems to be an endemic way of describing any blush ever made, coral seems to be applied all too liberally. Whereas red evokes such descriptions as "blue based," "carmine," "scarlet" or "fire engine" coral is just ... well, coral. And that's not really true is it? As I see it, coral is the unique shade that occurs where pink, orange and red tones meet creating a unique almost unnaturally vivid shade.

Sadly, the weather is no nicer here than it was when this discussion was first addressed months ago. The gloomy weather has made it almost impossible for me to photograph my lips in such a way as to show off just how vibrant my lips were when I mixed NARS Bolero with MAC's Costa Chic and topped it with Laura Mercier's Bon Bon gloss ... but I tried. The result of this experiment? A high definition electric cantaloupe shade tinged with bright floral pink to create a unique lip begging to be worn in warm weather.


Face
Bobbi Brown Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm Alabaster Tint 
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer 51 Vanille Clair
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer Light
YSL Le Touche Éclat Shade 1
MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombré

Eyes
Le Métier de Beauté Brow Bound Eyebrow Pencil Brunette
NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk (on brow bone)
MAC Nubile Paint Pot (all over lid)
Stila Kajal Eye Liner Topaz (waterline)
Laura Mercier Black Karat Baked Eye Color (as liner)
Guerlain Cils d'Enfer Mascara

Lips
NARS Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
MAC Costa Chic Lipstick
Laura Mercier Bon Bon Lip Gloss

Interested to see how my fellow Lipstick Bandits interpreted the color coral? Check out their posts below!

Beauty Reflections
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ChloeAsh
Eye Heart It
Glitter Geek
Makeup Morsels
Messy Wands
Mostly Sunny
Musing on Beauty  
My Funny Valentine  
My Women Stuff  
theNotice: a beauty blog

How do you interpret the color coral? Do you turn to this cosmetic lover's perennial favorite each spring, or is there another shade that captures your heart when the flowers bloom and the sun shines?