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May 18, 2014


While my olive skin tone tends to shove me in the opposite direction of pink toned-products, lately, I have found it to be just the opposite. The sheer prettiness of the shade now has me wondering why it had been so frightening to me previously. I think that the few bad experiences I have had with pink- toned shadows, lipsticks, and other items had me feeling quite iffy about the color in general. But why? Pink is the natural color that your skin blushes when you're embarassed, out in the cold, or a bit burned from being in the sun for too long. It is obviously a shade that occurs in real life, and therefore, when used properly, is one of the most flattering. After a bit (or a lot) of playing with pink makeup lately, I have found a few ways to wear it so that you can get the most from it without looking like Bozo the Clown. 

Starting with the base, I would steer you toward only using pink in a sheer wash of brightening color, such as the Benefit "That Gal" Primer. This primer looks pink when cranked from the tip but blends into the skin without leaving a trace of color, just an overall glow. I also like that you can use a dab of this primer later during the day on cheekbones, as both a makeup refresher and shimmer free highlighter. For that 'fresh from the gym' flush on the cheeks I love a tiny swirl of the super pigmented Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Natural Flush, which has a 100% natural look to it due its lack of shimmer. 

For lips I find that creamy pink shades tend to be more dulling to the complexion (anyone remember Mac Snob?), but a stain or glossy swipe of pink will add a nice bit of color in a juicy, healthy way. For a pink stain I really like the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Lovesick, a long lasting, moisturizing shade of magenta. One of my go-to products for a glossy pink lip is the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in shade 9, which is pink without being too girly and also smells amazing. 

I find that the hardest place to use pink is in the eye area, because sometimes products are too sparkly or too bubblegummy, and end up making the entire complexion look ruddy. The best way to use pink to your advantage on the eyes, is to use a seashell shade with a hint of shimmer and dab it slightly above your pupil on the lid, or right near the inner corner of your eye. My favorite pink eye product to use in a hurry has been the Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Pink Lagoon, as it has a malleable texture that makes it easy to work with. This way, your whole lid is not pink, but instead, the result is an illuminated and fresh look like you are lit from within. 

What are your favorite ways to wear pink makeup? Have you ever been afraid to use pink products as well? 

1 comment

  1. I love how you give drugstore options even though most of your makeup looks like its the more expensive kind. Thanks! -Camile


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