Pink, Please!!! My Favorite Pink Products for Summer 2011
(Swatches and Tips)
Left: Shu Uemura PK359
Center: (Top to Bottom) Lime Crime Great Pink Planet, MAC Pink Nouveau, Sephora #11 Love Test, Rimmel Exaggerate Liner #005 Pure, Sephora Nano Liner #04 Candid Candy
Right: MAC Pink Opal pigment
I don’t care that coral has been the reining color for seasons and seasons. I’ve been really on a cool/bright pink kick lately, and I blame Lime Crime’s Great Pink Planet for starting the obsession.
Note: I take most of my photos with a white lamp, instead of flash, to get more accurate color tones. But do expect that colors will be a little deeper without bright lights.
Warm rose by Rimmel, and pale, cool pink by Sephora. These look fine as they are, or with gloss on top. As with most liners, these do not stain but may be a tad too dry to wear neat, for some people.
Sheer candy fuchsia by Shu Uemura. This gives you those perfect, juicy-pink lips. Stains a little.
I’ve been on a total cool-pink run recently. I’m addicted.
Great Pink Planet: Pale pastel baby pink with a creamy finish and a lot of white undertones. Great for the very pale. Harder to wear for the rest of us.
This is the mother of all staining lipsticks. That’s a con for me, as you lips can look patchy when the stain wears away in areas first.
Pink Nouveau: PERFECT hot pink in a semi-matte finish. Not too deep or too light. Probably flattering on most skintones, unless you have a blotchy complexion that is prone to flushing. Even better? It is very rich and opaque, but does not stain, so if I want to wear a translucent nude gloss after a day of pink, I can.
I’ve been totally loving this and have to stop myself from the crazy urge to stockpile Pink Nouveaus. I keep thinking my backup needs a backup.
A dupe of MAC Girl About Town, I snapped this up during a Sephora sale. #11 Love Test is a gorgeous, deep, blue-based fuschia creme. I can imagine this looking good on almost everyone. If you are like me and like blue-pinks, get this. If you prefer warmer fuchsias, get Lime Crime’s Centrifuchsia.
Creamy and rich. Does not stain.
Favorite Summer-Pink Combo:
Sephora Love Test + MAC Pink Nouvea = MAC Candy Yum Yum dupe (see Kelly Osbourne in Candy Yum Yum below).
It actually sets satin/matte (which I prefer), but I had some balm on between swatches.
MVP Pink: MAC Pink Opal Pigment. Wear this on eyes, on brow bones, on cheekbones, on the cupid’s bow, along the bridge of your nose… even brushed over lipsticks to intensify its candy-pink tones. You name it!
A saccharine-sweet bubblegum pink will go with just about everything. Try China Glaze Something Sweet!
Tips for Wearing Pink:
- If you want to wear bright or strong pinks, make sure your skin tone is prepped and even. Any splotchiness will be more apparent.
- If your lipsticks look patchy or uneven, apply straight from the tube to get a thicker coat, and then lightly kiss the back of your hand. This redistributes the color a little better.
- Applying clear gloss over any lip color tends to create a bit more depth, so if something is too bright for your liking, a bit of sheen will deepen it a bit. But be careful as some lipsticks will start looking patchy and uneven as the gloss breaks them down.
- If you really want to wear bright pink for work or school, choose matte textures over glossy.
- Keep your eye makeup very simple if you don’t want to go overboard. Black liner can be all you need. The brighter your lipstick, the less colorful your eye makeup should be, unless you’re going for the super-loud effect of course.
- Don’t be afraid of cool pinks if you have yellow skin. You need to make sure you pair it with a matching toned blush so you balance out the color-distribution on your face. A lot of people make the mistake of just slapping on hot pink lips or cheeks alone. Having a pink flush on the cheeks will help your lips “fit in” better with the overall look, and will stop you from looking jaundiced.