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With Living Coral, shade number 16-1546, as the new Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, we are looking forward to a significant shift in mood. This vibrant shade offers a warm shift from the cooler colors of previous years. It was selected with the intent of providing “comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment,” according to Pantone.


Living Coral Is Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year


Every year, Pantone’s color experts choose a new Color of the Year after rigorous trend analysis. They look to the runways, the entertainment industry, and the art and design world for color cues, but they also look at the socio-economic conditions and political currents in the world.

About Living Coral – Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Living Coral is an orange-pink shade with a subtle golden undertone. It is decidedly warm, but not overly so. Bright, but not in your face. It is a balanced take on peach tones that perfectly represent a calm sort of joy. The 2019 Color of the Year is sociable and spirited in a way that promotes empathy and intimacy.


According to Leatrice Eiseman, the Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director, Living Coral was a color chosen for an era in which we spend an increasing amount of our time on social media. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord,” she said on the company’s website.

The environmental situation was also part of the inspiration for the choice of Living Coral as Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. This orangey-pink shade occurs naturally in the beautiful coral reefs, which have become endangered in recent years due to the rising temperature of the oceans.

About Living Coral – Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Really, the climate should have been on everyone’s mind, what with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releasing its newest report, which urges significant reduction of emissions lest global warming rise to destructive temperatures. It’s appreciated that even Pantone is calling attention to the issue.


Unfortunately, we don’t think the Pantone spring 2019 colors are quite enough to sway the minds of the powerful world figures who don’t seem to care about impending climate catastrophe.

2018 was a difficult year for many of us, socially, politically, and financially. Living Coral represents the need for optimism in these dark times. It is a color that represents joy, and is meant to nurture and comfort the spirit – something all of us need in a time of adversity. With the help of Living Coral perhaps we can look towards a 2019 that is brighter than 2018 was.

13 Vivacious Living Coral Beauty and Fashion Items to Try in 2019

Living Coral is the manic pixie dream girl of the spring 2019 runway colors, since it is playful and loving. It is the shade that will bring us out of our ennui and misery with its quirky optimism.


Like this modern female archetype, the 2019 Color of the Year will comfort us with just a touch of maternalism that does not overwhelm or take away from its youthfulness. Perhaps by wearing it we can even embody this joyful and benevolent figure!

In more practical terms, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year is undeniably feminine, with a brightness that makes it ideal for spring and summer. For most of us it is probably too bright to constitute a monochrome outfit, but it is perfect for punching up an outfit.

Living Coral - 2019 Color of the Year

We find that Living Coral especially shines in makeup, accessories, shoes, and nail polish, but it’s also great for separates and swimsuits! How are you going to wear the gorgeous Pantone 2019 colors?


1. Living Coral Nail Polish

You cannot go wrong with the incredibly well formulated and long-wearing nail polishes by Butter London, and you certainly cannot go wrong with an on-trend nail polish shade like Living Coral. Nail polish is an easy way of interjecting the joy of Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year into your look, and it just so happens that this particular shade is perfect for both pedis and manis.

This nail polish has a formula that can stay put for up to 10 days, with a high-shine finish and flexible feel. It is free of 8 harmful chemicals that often show up in nail polish. You can purchase it from Ulta Beauty.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Butter London Living Coral Nail Polish

2. Living Coral Deluxe Sneakers

Living Coral is an energizing shade, so why not rock it in a pair of sneakers? It’s a great choice for a trendy sporty look, regardless of whether you plan to exercise or not. These Golden Goose shoes are made in Italy of high-quality suede and leather, and they give a little extra height with a hidden inner heel. Order them online from Net-a-Porter!

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Coral Sneakers

3. Living Coral Lip Gloss

Glossy lips had their comeback, and it just so happens that Living Coral makes for an excellent high-shine lip shade. MAC Cosmetics have crafted the perfect take on it, with their lipglass in Caketop. It is just slightly pigmented and infused with a shimmer, to give the lips a warm, lively tint. The lip gloss itself is loaded with jojoba oil to moisturize the lips. You can wear it alone, or over your favorite lipstick. You can find the energizing shade at Nordstrom.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: MAC Shiny Pretty Things Lipglass in Caketop

4. Living Coral High-Heel Mules

Sarah Chofakian has crafted the perfect pair of easy summer heels in a coral shade that will keep you in a good mood. These pointed mules have a comfy block heel, and are made of durable goat skin in an elegant weaved style. Buy them from Farfetch, and they will interject any outfit with a dose of warmth!

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Sarah Chofakian Coral Mules

5. Living Coral Sheer Gloss

The shade Never Peachless from Inc.Redible is a perfect iridescent coral that showcases the delicate, feminine side of Living Coral. This sheer gloss has the most beautiful iridescent shine, so it sparkles and shifts color as light hits it. It gives the lips a wash of glossy warmth, and is beautiful on its own or paired with a lipstick. It is available for purchase at Sephora.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Inc.Redible in a Dream World Iridescent Sheer Gloss in Never Peachless

6. Living Coral Shimmer Blush

Living Coral pairs well with golden shimmer, and the perfect combination results in the blush Torrid from NARS. NARS blushes are known for their flawless blendability and easy application, and this shade is no different. It is a shade that gives warmth to the face and looks natural on most skin tones. Pick it up for yourself at Sephora!

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: NARS Blush in Torrid

7. Living Coral Satchel

Living Coral is not just for shoes! This perfect accessory color also shows up in bags, like this lovely satchel from Senreve, which can be purchased at Nordstrom. It is made of water-resistant Italian leather and is big enough to fit a tablet. You can carry it like a purse or as a backpack!

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Senreve Leather Satchel

8. Living Coral Frayed Ankle Jeans

Once it starts creeping into clothing items, Living Coral is a color that turns heads. Just look at these high waisted jeans! Their bright color ensures that everyone will notice how they cling to your curves and flatter the figure. These pants reach the ankle, and have a slightly distressed look with a frayed ankle. Buy them from Forward and incorporate them into your casual looks.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Mother Coral Jeans

9. Living Coral Lipstick

Sexy Sienna from Charlotte Tilbury is a phenomenal lipstick for showing off the new Pantone 2019 Color of the Year. This lipstick is daringly opaque, painting the lips a matte coral in a single swipe. Made with vitamin E and orchid extract, it’s a nourishing lipstick that leaves the lips feeling soft and supple, and can be worn alone or with a gloss. Pick it up from Nordstrom!

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna

10. Living Coral Swimsuit

When you wear a shade like Living Coral, you have to be feeling a little adventurous. This one-piece swimsuit does the trick, with its sexy plunging neckline. While this swimsuit is certainly revealing, it is also flattering for all figures with a waist-cinching belt and high-cut leg holes that make everyone seem model-esque. You can get this magnificent swimsuit at Forward.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Sand & Blue Coral Swimsuit

11. Living Coral Thigh-High Boots

Living Coral is an indisputable summer shade, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for it in the autumn months that are all about rich colors as well. Incorporate it into your look with a pair of sexy thigh-high boots, like this Stuart Weitzman pair from Farfetch. Made of coral suede, they are soft, warm, and comfortable.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Stuart Weitzman Thigh-High Boots

12. Living Coral Lip Stain

Our favorite take on Living Coral lip stains comes courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent, with the shade Coral Anti-Mainstream, which is available for purchase at Sephora. Lip stains are the best way to enjoy a coral lip all day long, since they do not budge once applied, and they give an impactful opacity with a single swipe.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Coral Anti-Mainstream

13. Living Coral Mini Dress

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year can be described as feminine but with an edge, so it is a perfect complement to this girly yet structured mini dress. It features a flared hem, and has a low-cut neckline that adds sex appeal. This dress is perfect for both day and night, and can be easily upgraded with a beige blazer for the office, or a leather jacket for a night out. You can buy it from Farfetch.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral Beauty & Fashion Items: Likely Coral Dress

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