Is it time to switch to peach?

Let us introduce you to your new olive skin BFF….

Olive skin, listen up. This is the colour trend that is about to transform you skin. Although it is not as social media friendly as say bright purple, due to its subtle enhancement rather than full on transformation, this IRL trend has comes direct from the fash pack with the catwalks being full of peach flushed cheeks, soft apricot lips and a wash of pastel orange hue across the eyes.

Want to know the best bit? It is made for olive skin as it complements the yellow and green undertones in the skin to give a natural sunkissed glow. And, let’s face it with most of us unable to travel abroad for the last 22 months – we could all do with a bit of faux-warmth.

It’s a suits-all shade

“The thing about peach is that it genuinely looks great on everyone on the olive skin spectrum,” explains Make-up Artist Aimee Connolly. “It gives an overall brightening effect and leaves the complexion with a fresh and healthy, warm glow.” 

Unsure if you can part with pink? You’re not alone. People tend to turn to pinks and browns which have the reputation for being more wearable. However, peachy coral tones are hugely underrated and tend to be a make-up artist secret.

It’s time to get cheeky

It seems this trend is all in the application, whereas blush has traditionally been worn on the apples of the cheeks to mimic a natural flush, when it comes to peach you need to take the product higher. Sweep across the cheekbone and then apply the leftover product on the brush to the bridge of the nose - this will give a hint of colour and add a natural-looking finish.

If you’ve not tried our EX1 Cosmetics Blush in Pretty in Peach, £9.50, then this is the perfect time. Formulated to work with the undertones of olive skin it is the ideal hue for enhancing the complexion.

Keep it mono-tone

One of the key trends we are seeing for this year is the use of one colour worn on the eyes, lips and cheeks – otherwise known as monochromatic. Jennifer Lopez is a big fan of this look for her make-up as its youthful and fresh without every looking overdone. And, this is where coral really comes out on top as it is flattering for all three.

Before you go wild with one product, Aimee recommends taking heed, “The trick is to balance the tones and density of each shade used. Instead of going for the same level of peach for eyes, cheeks & lips, try using softer hues on the eyes, a stronger pigment on the lips and allow the cheeks to be a tone that’s somewhere in between the two.”

Pay it some lip service

If you’re not ready to go for it all over then you can still incorporate the trend into your make-up look by using it on your lips

If you’re wearing it alone, opt for a vibrant hue like Mac Matte Lipstick in Tropic Tonic, £17.50, this bold coral can be worn on all skin tones and is a great alternative for red.

If you’re teaming it with a smoky eye then go for a nude, peach hue – which is universally flattering like Charlotte Tilbury Look of Love Lipstick in Nude Romance, £28 or Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Pink Brandy, £8.99. Both of these creamy finishes have just the right balance between pink and peach to suit everyone.


“If you want a flawless finish then you need to try EX1 Cosmetics. I use it on all my clients and always have a bottle in my personal make-up too. It looks so good on camera, doesn’t give any flashback, and gives skin a golden glow.”


“I have olive skin so I really wanted to try EX1 Cosmetics, as I had no idea what shade I would be. I tried the match me tool, thinking it was a bit of a gimmick, but it got my shade spot on. For someone will yellow or green undertones these products are amazing!”


“Before I used EX1 Cosmetics I tried EVERY premium foundation on the market. Some were ok, but most left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed. I didn’t have much hope for a foundation costing £12.50, but I was SO wrong. The medium coverage looks like your skin but better and it doesn’t oxidise.”


“I’ve always been told I have warm or medium skin tone, but every foundation I ever tried was either too pink or too orange. After trying the skin classification tool and realising I have warm skin with green undertones – everything makes sense! Now, I look for make-up aimed at olive skin – like EX1 Cosmetics – and I have never looked back!”


“I used to mix at least two different foundations to create the right shade for my skin – until I found EX1 Cosmetics. The shade match is spot on and the formula blends perfectly into my skin. I love it.”


“I had seen that loads of celebrities using EX1 Cosmetics Foundation and I was intrigued to see if it lived up to the hyp e. It blew me away. The formula feels so premium for £12.50. I recommend it to everyone.