Yves Saint Laurent’s Orange Crush
Ethereal pastels and nude makeup typically rear their soft-hued heads this time of year, but a few bold additions to the seasonal color palette are emerging as surprise standouts for spring. Coral, tangerine, and shades of orange are at the top of this list, with backstage looks from shows like Viktor & Rolf and Rodarte serving up some inspiration. The color is a tricky one to wear well and can easily verge into Ft. Lauderdale retiree or “experimental” adolescent territory. But when done right, it adds a fresh brightness to eyes, cheeks, and lips that pale pinks and earthy beiges simply cannot muster. As per usual, Yves Saint Laurent’s new color collection is totally on point, featuring a Fard à Lèvres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in Silky Apricot (on Coco above), a Gloss Pur Pure Lip Gloss in Pure Coral, and a Nail Touch Nail Lacquer Pen in Coral Touch, which has the same click mechanism as their Touche Éclat highlighters but delivers glossy varnish to nails instead. Feel free to match lips and nails, but we’re of the mind that subtlety everywhere else—like a sheer gloss on eyes and a few coats of brown mascara—make the look even stronger.