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  • <i><i>Click through the slideshow for great inspiration and expert tips on spring's hottest hue from some of our favorite fashion experts, makeup artists and interior designers.</i></i>
  • <i><b>Yoana Baraschi Spring 2015 Collection</b><br />
Romanian-born Designer Yoana Baraschi considers coral her “signature color.” “Coral is pretty magical; it’s softer and more complex than simply red,” she says. “Our designs are strong and feminine at the same time, and coral enhances the story we tell.”</i><br />
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<i>(<a href='http://www.yoanabaraschi.com' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>Trina Turk Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear</b><br />
An incredibly versatile color, coral plays well with a variety of textures and patterns, says wardrobe stylist <a href='http://www.annakatsanis.com' target='_parent'>Anna Katsanis</a>. She recommends pairing coral with aqua and teal or playing with shades of red and pink for a color-block effect. “The key is to pair coral with like or neutral colors, and stay away from purple, emerald, black or anything too stark that may throw off the look,” she advises.<br />
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(<a href='http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashion-shows/spring-2015-ready-to-wear/trina-turk/collection/3' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <i>Coral was also seen in the Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collections of Jason Wu, Fendi, Elie Saab, Valentino and Burberry Prorsum.<br />
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(<a href='http://www.style.com' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>Clover Canyon Spring 2015 Runway</b><br />
“Coral was big on the runways for Spring/Summer 2015, and, in my opinion, has always been a timeless hue,” says makeup artist <a href='http://www.mishashahzada.com' target='_parent'>Misha Shahzada</a>. Think of coral as a vivid accessory to your makeup collection, just as you would a statement shoe or bag. “Adding a coral lip to a rather naked canvas adds just the right amount of pop,” she notes.<br />
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(<a href='http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/photo-gallery/35631280/image/35702582/Clover-Canyon-Spring-2015' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>Emma Stone at the 2015 Academy Awards</b><br />
To get a high-impact coral lip like Emma Stone’s at this year’s Academy Awards, Misha recommends this trick: Fill in lips with a coral lip liner, apply a matte coral lipstick directly from the tube, blot, dust lips with a little translucent powder, then reapply. Looking for something lighter? Apply with your finger and press onto lips for a stained look that’s perfect for daytime.<br />
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(<a href='http://www.fashiontimes.com/articles/18785/20150223/celebrity-get-the-look-emma-stone-coral-lipstick-red-carpet-makeup-at-2015-academy-awards-cabaret-instagram-movies-twitter-hug-jennifer-aniston-justin-theroux-mauled-picked-up-andrew-garfield.htm' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>Negative Space Nail Art at Delpozo Spring 2015</b><br />
“Coral is a great color coming out of winter and moving into spring,” says editorial and runway manicurist <a href='http://www.angelwilliamsmanicurist.com' target='_parent'>Angel Williams</a>. “Coral polish is warm and vibrant, perfect for the build up to summer.” For nail art, Angel recommends pairing coral with neutral colors like beige, white, tan or grey. “Coral provides the warmth, and grey provides a cool contrast that keeps the look interesting.”<br />
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(<a href='http://beautyeditor.ca/2014/09/16/delpozo-spring-2015-nails' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>Nicole Miller Spring 2015 Coral Nails</b><br />
Look for the undertones in each polish to find a shade that will work best for you. “Coral with a pink base is great for fair skin, while orange-based corals are better for medium skin tones,” Angel says. “If you have a darker skin tone with warm undertones, you will look amazing in a coral polish with a deep-red base.”<br />
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(<a href='http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/photo-gallery/35622776/image/35646587/Nicole-Miller-Spring-2015' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>Deco-inspired Platinum, Diamond, Coral, Onyx and Emerald Earclips</b><br />
While coral is definitely on-trend for Spring 2015, Mallory Landers, senior cataloguer for <a href='http://www.sothebys.com/en/departments/jewellery.html' target='_parent'>Sotheby’s Jewelry Department</a>, sees the color as a timeless staple that can be worn in any season. “The hue of course looks great during the spring and summer months, but it can also be used as a splash of color to highlight the earth and jewel tones of fall and winter,” she says.<br />
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(<a href='http://www.sothebys.com/en/news-video/blogs/all-blogs/all-that-glitters/2015/01/look-ahead-2015-jewelry-trends.html' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>Mignonne Gavigan Hand-Beaded Coral Chiffon Scarf Necklace</b><br />
Coral works well in vintage and modern pieces, thanks largely to its versatility. “Women often seek jewels that can take them from day to night, and coral is a material that lends itself quite nicely to that concept,” Mallory says.<br />
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(<a href='http://www.mignonnegavigan.com/ikat/ikat-coral-gunmetal' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>Coral takes an eclectic living room up a notch</b><br />
“Interiors are heading in a delicious direction with the appearance of coral,” says <a href='http://www.bromstad.com' target='_parent'>David Bromstad</a>, interior designer and host of HGTV’s “Color Splash.” “After digging our way out of the recession and finally seeing signs of growth, fashion and interiors are moving toward bright colors that lift our spirits and inspire our souls. Celebrating optimism and renewal, coral is the perfect blend of pink, orange and red and will spice up any environment.” Pair coral with a neutral palette to add just the right amount of pop, or go all out by adding other bright summery colors to the mix.<br />
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(<a href='http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/color/colors-we-love-coral-pictures' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
  • <b><i>New Orleans’ legendary Brennan’s restaurant</b><br />
Bright coral works well in both residential and commercial settings, particularly because it always adds a strong impact. The vibrant color even made its way into the recent redesign of the Chanteclair Room in New Orleans’ historic Brennan’s restaurant. “Coral is incredibly versatile, bringing a burst of life to any style, whether traditional, modern, contemporary or whatever floats your boat—or couch,” David says.<br />
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(<a href='http://restaurant-hospitality.com/new-restaurant-concepts/new-orleans-legend-brennans-lives-again' target='_parent'>Photo Source</a>)</i>
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Coral Fixation

This spring, it seems like the color coral is popping up everywhere: Not only does this punchy hue grace the packaging of our new Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner; it’s also a major trend in fashion, beauty and design.

This coral obsession is definitely not going unnoticed—Sherwin-Williams recently named Coral Reef, which it calls “a vivacious hue,” as its 2015 Color of the Year, and Pantone, the authority on color, included Strawberry Ice, a light coral tone, as a Top 10 Women’s Fashion Color for Spring 2015.

“Coral is a highly touchable, tactile shade; it’s inviting and approachable,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. While orange tones have had a long “run” in cosmetics for the past decade, “coral tones are a natural progression” that keep the shade exciting and relevant for this season.

Ready to add more coral to your life? Click through the slideshow above for great inspiration and expert tips from some of our favorite fashion experts, makeup artists and interior designers. You can also check out our Pinterest board to further give in to your coral fixation.
–Natalie Higdon
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