After seasons of serious, statement-making looks, 2019 brings a return to a fresh, fun palette in everything from cosmetics to fashion and home furnishings. Pantone, arbiter of color, announced in December that the color of the year would be “Living Coral, a coral hue with a golden undertone… which embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”
Michael Moore, founder of Moore for Life, sees this desire for an upbeat, holistic view as more than just a moment—for him, it’s a movement. After nearly three decades in the beauty industry, Moore has made his goal “to provide professional lifestyle tips that inspire confidence in every facet of life and teach people that having a full and complete life reaches far beyond the way they look.”
That said, he is pleased that “blush pink is so hot for 2019.” This season, pink is being used on the eyes as well as the cheeks, he says, adding, “There is pink in every skin tone. For day, you can do a soft shimmer or if you want to be a little bit cool on a night out and not overly trendy, throw a little bit of a darker pink into the crease.”
Moore takes a holistic approach, identifying the connection between the body, heart and spirit as vital to creating true beauty. As people age, they sometimes try to fix a lack of energy with things such as coffee, sugar or chocolate. Rather than serve as “solutions,” caffeine and sugar can cause inflammation, which Moore identifies as a major contributor to aging. He recommends a variety of alternatives, including liquid collagens, healthy nut butters or “glowing skin smoothies.”
Moore also urges his clients to turn to three key ingredients for anti-aging: Vitamin C, Vitamin A (Retinol, Retinoids, Retin-A) and peptides.
Moore is particularly enthusiastic about peptides. Peptides “retrain” skin to produce collagen, improve skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines. He’s also passionate about zinc oxide, noting that it’s both gentle and effective for acne and as protection from the sun.
Moore says that women aren’t looking for a mask-like foundation, but rather for radiance. He advocates only covering up what you don’t like—wrinkles, blemishes or discoloration. Instead, he says “Glow is back in a big beautiful way … we’re getting rid of those horrible, dry matte lips. Hydrated lips are back, but this isn’t that old sticky stuff.”
Of course, the best canvas for glowing lips and pink cheeks or eyes is smooth skin. Moore recommends that his clients shave their faces to remove dead skin cells and facial hair. If you’re uncertain about trying it, have it first have done by a professional, then take care when doing it at home on your own and don’t shave skin that is sensitive, broken out or otherwise compromised. “Shaving is the biggest form of anti-aging. I always tell my female clients to shave their faces! 2019 is the year for women to start shaving.”
Moore recommends that both women and men pursue what brings them happiness. “Taking care of yourself from the inside out, that’s what is going to make you look your best. But seriously, peptides are great, too.”
Elizabeth Kosar is a writer and communications strategist who currently makes her home in Denver. Her favorite look for 2019 is the glossy lip.
Photography: Top right: Sara Lynn Photography; Lower left: Elevate Photography
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