Peach makeup has been popping up everywhere — and for good reason. While celebrities including Olivia Munn, Jessica Biel, and Naomi Campbell have turned to this flattering, summer-perfect color on the red carpet to warm up their complexions, a slew of recent launches from beauty brands are making it easier for us to try the shade IRL. Too Faced debuted the Sweet Peach Collection in December 2016, and Kylie Jenner dropped a peach-filled eyeshadow palette in January called The Royal Peach Palette ($45). Whether you’re obsessing over the perfectly peachy complexions of your fave celebs or testing the look out on your own, here’s what you need to know about this refreshing hue.
“A pop of peach eyeshadow is a fresh and flirty accent that can work on anyone,” says Kelli Bartlett, director of artistry for GLAMSQUAD. When it comes to the eyes, you can use the warm shade in a bold way — think a bold swipe of a bright peach liner — or opt for a softer, more muted look on the lid.
If you have a fair complexion, a light dusting of subtle peach color that’s blended slightly above the crease will complement your skin tone. Medium, olive, and tan tones look gorgeous with hues that are more orange than pink. Deeper skin should opt for rich tangerine. When a client requests peachy eye makeup, Bartlett reaches for the always flattering MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22) in Layin’ Low. “It’s the perfect peachy cream eyeshadow with a hint of brownish-taupe that shades the eyes beautifully,” she says.
Instead of traditional blush, achieve a natural flush with lip color. “Use a creamy peach lipstick like Julie Hewett Bijou Lipstick ($26) in Celeste to draw cat-like whiskers on your cheeks, making sure to expertly blend the color into the skin with your fingers,” Bartlett recommends. This method will give you a dewy, flushed finish that’s perfect for summer.
If you want a more matte, shine-free face, consider a powder. The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($29) line features three different peach options, so you can find one that works well with your complexion.
Swiping on a velvety lippie in a coral-meets-salmon shade can add an understated tint to a low-key makeup look or tie together a monochromatic vibe. Bartlett loves Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté’s ($37) in Peach Passion, which is a showstopper on everyone.
If you have a light complexion, try Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain ($14) in Peach Tart. Olive and tan skin tones should look for lip products with slightly pink, nectarine undertones like NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6), and ladies with darker skin look stunning in sunny shades like Illamasqua Lipstick ($26) in Over. Once you pick your peach lipstick-of-choice, keep the rest of your beauty balanced. “Minimal makeup paired with a peach hue on your lips and a hint of the same color on your cheeks is just the right amount of color-coordinating without appearing too matchy-matchy,” Bartlett says.
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