Coral Compulsion: My Favorite Lipstick And Gloss

Anyone close to me knows that I adore anything coral. If a shirt comes in various colors and one is that delicious red-orange-pink hue, that's the one I'll get. I love wearing it on my lips, too, but if your experience has been anything like mine, you know it's hard to find just the right shade.

It may just be personal preference, but I like warm corals much more than cool ones. I firmly believe that, while some pink undertones are necessary, coral lipsticks and lip glosses are far more wearable when the pink is outweighed by orange. Much to my disappointment, however, my seemingly endless search has uncovered way too many too-pink corals.

Luckily, I've finally landed on two products that grant my coral wishes: a lipstick and a gloss that meet my super-finicky standards.

I wear gloss more than lipstick for daytime, and I find myself reaching for Fresh's Sugar Lip Gloss in Pin-Up almost every day. Strangely enough, this is not the hue that the brand itself calls coral-that's Glory-but on me, at least, it's a perfect, subtly shiny, incredibly flattering coral. Far more reddish-orange than pink, it prompted my makeup-picky mother to tell me that it was making my teeth looking especially white, which is the opposite of what orange-based lip colors are known to do.

When I'm feeling a little more dramatic, I'll wear Lipstick Queen's Coral Saint sheer lipstick, which is the moistest lipstick I've ever applied. Both Coral Saint and it's highly pigmented counterpart, Coral Sinner, get coral oh-so right by including touch of rich yet almost-undetectable brown to prevent gaudy brightness.

One of my favorite things to do is layer Pin-Up over Coral Saint. To me, there is nothing more magical than combining my two all-time favorite corals-and it always leads to compliments and questions about where the colors can be bought.

Whether you love coral as much as I do or you've never thought you could or should wear it, these two picks are game changers. Give them a try and find yourself as addicted as I am.