With summer at its peak, the time is ripe to heat things up on the lipstick front, and so the nude, neutral lip is giving way to a deliciously seasonal coral hue – perfect for complementing a sun-kissed glow.

“Coral embodies that just-back-from-the-beach look,” says Chanel makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, whose clients include Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence. “It makes you look like you have just been on a summer vacation.”

Not quite pink, not quite orange, this is a shade that perfectly offsets bronzed or pale skin and brightens up the face like no other.

Dark and olive complexions look great in shades with a tangerine base while paler, fairer skin suits shades with salmon undertones.

And while you might think that redheads are a bad fit for the trend, Rachel says that pure, warm peachy shades look great.

But keep the rest of your makeup minimal: tinted moisturizer, a few coats of black mascara and defined brows are all you need to go with a sheer coral lip. For brighter, richer textures add a sweep of light bronzer.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in Iridescent Icy Coral is a sweet pinky-coral.

Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Tipsy has a warm golden sheen.

Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in Coral 45 with SPF 10 gives a hint of color with a glossy finish.

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in True Coral is perfect for a bolder evening look.

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