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Ok Coral: Say thanks vermillion for the peach and orange makeup trend

By | April 12 2012 | 24 Comments

Like the majority of Irish women, I’d give a limb to have a millisecond with any one of Michael Fassbender’s five limbs.  I’d also like to have a pink undertone to my pale skin. When I was younger, I assumed that I should match this tone with pale pink cosmetics. It was only when I friend gave me a peachy blush that I realised how pretty colours in that orangey family are on my typical Irish complexion.

Morange by Mac
At the start of my orange kick, I bought Morange by Mac. Its formulation is creamy and thick, giving a wash of opaque colour that’s comfortable and long lasting. Surprisingly, it doesn’t look too shocking when applied, just fresh and a little different. At 17.50, it’s quite costly but, for me, the quality and unique shade make handing over the cash more palatable.

Gosh Volume Lip Shine 
For a more day-time appropriate pop of colour, I plump for Gosh Volume Lip Shine lipgloss in either Juicy Orange or Soft Coral. Its consistency is relatively thin and not sticky, resulting in a fairly hassle free application.

Last of the lip loves is Maybelline’s soon-to-be-released (May 2012) Super Stay 10 Hour Stain Gloss – Emma reviewed it yesterday.  The shade I love  is a warm red with a soft gloss finish.


From early spring, essence have been releasing a tonne of on-trend polishes at a super pocket-friendly 1.29 per bottle. Essence C’est La Vie is a more muted coral than most others in my collection but it still packs a perky spring-appropriate punch. Gosh Primma Donna is a rusty burnt orange with shimmer that applies incredibly smoothly. I’d give this a go if you’re not the best at painting your nails but still want something bright.

When it comes to eyes, I’m all for piling on the colour. Peaches may seem daunting to many but it’s actually very flattering on the common dull mulchy-greeny-grey eyes that I’ve been er, blessed with. Rubenesque Paint Pot by Mac is a golden shimmery coral base that I tend to wear alone, just blended past the socket of my eye. When I want the colour to be more noticeable, I apply Paradisco eye-shadow over it; the shade matches perfectly and functions to increase the intensity.

Will you be braving the brights this spring? Anything above take your fancy?

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24 Replies to "Ok Coral: Say thanks vermillion for the peach and orange makeup trend"

  • Oh I am in love with all things corally, peachy and orangey at the mo! The orange shadow I picked out for my Inglot palette is one of my favourites, not expected at alllll at all, but it makes my eyes really green and I likey that. Am getting into orange lippies too lately, one of the Lancome Rouge in Love ones is gorgeous, Miss Coquelicot is bright and beautiful and perks me up to no end.

    ps pissed myself laughing at Fassbender and his five limbs hahahaaaaaaa

  • Aisling

    I love these shades too, they’re really flattering on most people

    Fassbenders FIVE limbs! *cackle*

  • I’m all about the coral, in clothes, polishes, shoeses and make up – is there nothing this colour doesn’t compliment?

    (I’ll be the lady here & not mention Michael’s schlong *tuts*)

  • Oh dear! Yet another colour/shade range I’m starting to fall in love with at the moment, along with blue……

  • FIVE fingers up for coral as well, lovely shade and so flattering.

  • Love peach. Even fashion stores have lots of peach coloured tops etc. At last my fav colour is in again.

  • Gorgeous oranges, perfect for summer! :) Find they suit me too, and I’m white as a ghost.

    Any orange-lovers should check out NYX’s Tinted Lip Spa in Orange Passion too. It’s an amazingly pigmented, gorgeous lipbalm – actually looks more like lipstick on, but is so light and lovely. And ridiculously cheap, a few dollars American on Cherry Culture, around £3.50 UK on Ebay. I love it so much am waiting for payday and am going to splurge on a few more, possibly the nudes. Lovely things they are!

  • And what about orange/coral/peach blushes? Im on the lookout for one but cant seem to find the right shade

  • Moira, I love Mac SpringSheen. It’s a little shimmery, though.

  • moira- nars orgasm, sleeks rose gold, mac peachy keen!

  • Moira – have you tried Benefit’s Coralista or Cha Cha Tint? Both gorgeous and are on my face for most of the summer

  • moira – agree with Karen’s suggestions. I love ChaCha tint and Coralista. ChaCha tint is great to use on lips too. Love it. Summer in a bottle. I have a UD Cheek tint in Indecent I think? It’s a peachy colour.

  • I love corals and peaches. I fell in love a few years ago when I bought Bobbi Browns Cabana Corals palette. The colour makes my yeys really green and is lovely with a pasty irish skintone. I used up all of the Bobbi Brown palette, I must find a replacement…..

  • Colours from the orange end of the colour spectrum look great on my blue eyes – peach for daytime, gold/copper/bronze for nighttime.

    I heard peach blushers are good for Celtic skintones but I tried a couple of them and found them too, well, orangey. Any recommendations for very fair skin with cool undertones?

  • Sunshine, Nars Orgasm is a gorgeous peachy gold or Sleek have an almost exact dupe in Rose Gold, might be worth a look?

  • Thanks CherrySue, the Orgasm hunt begins ;)



    Moira & Sunshine – Nars Orgasm is lovely. It’s shimmery though, and I find the shimmer can highlight any skin texture issues (if you have any). I’m aching to try Cha Cha tint too, I’d get the Benefit girls to try it on you. Sleek also do super cheap ones and MAC have a great selection.

  • (Promise may or may not be sincere)

  • Well, I hate to be a party pooper but I hate all things coral on me… Well, apart from the only blusher I own which is NARS luster and that’s a bit “corally”, but I refuse to wear coral on the lips and nails :-). I much prefer reds and pinks :-).

  • Forgive mevnow if this is an obvious question, but eh, do the orange undertones in the gloss/lipstick not make your teeth look like you’re on 400 fags a day?? Or am I totally off??

  • Lorrrraine – five limbs bwwwwahahahahahaha

    I have Benefit Coralista, YSL Glossy Stain in 12 Corail Fauve, and I have Becca beach tint in Apricot which has a coral-ly color also. And I love all of these. Wearing the Becca tint today.

    And there is no knowing how many coral -ish nail varnishes I have.

    Every top I’ve bought recently seems to be Coral.

    I’m addicted.

  • Oh neon rose cream blush from topshop has an orange undertone and it’s just beautiful!
    On my second Morange since I was introduced last year and adore Springs sheen by Mac :)
    Oh and the neon orange models own nail polih released as part of their headkandi range is immense!

  • thanks for all the recommendations, I ll have a look at those in brown thomas (nars orgasm is still a bit too pink for me, on the other hand nars luster looks spot on)

  • @jessibelle funny you say that, I bought a beautiful nude/peach lip gloss by mac last week but my teeth look really yellow, love the lippy but not the new tooth colour!! Where did my lovely pearly whites go?????


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