In the month of December last year, Pantone Color Institute announced their new color of the year – Living Coral, making 2018’s Ultra Violet a thing of the past. The colour is not just beautiful, it also evokes a sense of richness when you peer into. Describing why they chose this colour, they wrote: “Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our in our continually shifting environment.” A versatile colour, this royal hue of red is not too vibrant enough to make you squint but it certainly has a mellow effect.
Turns out, this New Year has another contender – charcoal everything. From masks, scrubs to make-up, charcoal isn’t versatile in colour but it surely can be included in your beauty treatment with ease!
Coral is a colour that would suit fairskinned and wheatish skinned people; right from lipsticks to blush or eye shadows, there’s something for everyone under this colour. In terms of lipstick, for thin lips, this shade might not be the best shade but it shouldn’t stop you from trying it out! Carrying off coral – a subtle shade – requires some confidence. So if you are unsure, opt for a darker shade. However, it’s a shade that suits most thick-lipped people.
While it was something that fair-skinned people wore a lot, it’s soon becoming something that anybody can wear.
While pink is usually revered as the colour reserved for putting blush on your skin, it becomes a tad bit overdone now. With coral, it looks more natural, where the hue is subtle but visible enough to notice.
Quite recently, there’s been a splash in demand for colours that are nude, subtle and light for nail polish. Coral makes for a gorgeous colour that keeps it classy and make your nails look trendy enough to notice. On that note, let go of the usual reds and maroons and go for the understated coral.
For centuries, charcoal has been used for art and medicinal purposes. Right from making your teeth white to battling oiliness and pimples on your skin, charcoal has a ton of uses in beauty and skin care. Perhaps what makes it really popular now are the quick charcoal peel-off masks that several women swear by.
Peel-off masks are used to get rid of dry skin, blackheads and remove dead cells that make your skin look dull. In other words, its function includes getting rid of impurities deposited on your face. Peel-off masks are simple to make and even more simple to use. For the peel-off, you purchase known products online. Or if you’re a little wary of the peel-off part, you can make a simple but efficient charcoal mask. You will require 1 teaspoon of charcoal powder (can purchase it online in the form of capsules), 1 teaspoon bentonite clay, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, and half a teaspoon of baking soda, all mixed together to make a good thick, consistency. Applying this on your face and massaging it in circles and washing it off with warm water saves you enough time and makes your skin glow.
As for make-up, charcoal colour for eyeshadows and lipstick are becoming a trend. If the past had women sporting blood red lipstick, then colours such as charcoal black are just as fun to put on. Celebrities like Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone and others have occasionally sported this bold lip colour and looked their feisty best.