By Arwa Lodhi
From the fluffy petals of peonies to the electric outline of late evening sunsets, pink is definitely one colour we associate with summer, and it makes the perfect shade for your makeup this season, too.
Pastel lipstick and nail polish hues highlight a tan, whilst fuchsia looks great on the proudly pale. Here, we offer suggestions for some of the loveliest pink shades around–whether your skin is ivory white or ebony black, there’s definitely a pink for you!
Start out with a good foundation. We love Hiro Cosmetics talc free mineral foundations for normal to oily skin, and are obsessed with Ilia’s Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturiser, which works great on drier skin and really leaves a lovely glow. Both products come with an SPF and are in a range of shades to suit every skintone. Use a Kabuki brush and dab into the mineral makeup, then pat all over the face. For the dense Ilia product, dab dots of the cream wherever skin needs some evening out, then blend. Don’t wear foundation? Try Vapour Beauty’s Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector–it works on all skin types, acting as a smooth makeup base whilst improving skin tone and texture.
Pink blusher alone can lend a look of innocent beauty, but you needn’t limit its use to your cheeks alone–dust a bit on your eyelids for an all-over glow.
Ecco Bella Shimmer Dust in Baby Pink is a gentle mineral powder that can be dusted over the apple of the cheek and swept up over the brow bone for healthy, natural look on pale skin. Prefer a creamy blush? Josie Maran‘s ‘Dreamy Pink’ puts a ‘just-got-back-from-the-gym’ flush to the cheek, and you can easily deepen the intensity of the colour to suit your skintone best by layering applications. A final option is Vapour Beauty’s wonderful blushes, which come in a rainbow of pink shades. I don’t want to limit the description of these as ‘blushes’, as this creamy stick can also be used on eyes and lips!
Here’s where your pink hues can really shine! (pardon the pun).
Vapour Beauty offers a rich berry pink called Luscious that lives up to its name, making your lips look as delicious as fresh cherries. This one looks especially great with darker skin tones, and can add some makeup drama to lighter ones. If you’re a bit pale and prefer a softer pink, Axiology’s carmel-pink ‘Goodness’ is the perfect shade–it also wonderfully highlights darker skin, or a deep tan. Lisa Noto’s ‘Only You’ lipgloss is a light pink on its own, and may fade out paler complexions, but you can add a dab in the middle of your bottom lip over any shade to give a more 3D look to your kisser. A final favourite lipstick in pink is from Ilia. This brand makes a whole range in that shade, including rosy ‘Neon Angel’ cotton-candy-ish ‘In My Room’ and the coral pink ‘Funnel of Love’.
See how coral and carmel based pinks work best on dark skin, here:
Make All Nails Pink (not just the pinky!)
For many of us, this is the only cosmetic we’ll be using on holiday–so make sure yours is lower in toxins by choosing a ‘Five Free’ brand in a shade you love!
A favourite with Stella McCartney, ‘Nice Girl Peony’ by vegan, 5-Free brand Priti NYC is nice by name and nice by nature–a neutral pink that’s feminine and pretty. For a more natural pink that pretty much imitates a natural nail bed colour perfectly, try Void Beauty’s ‘Peace and Quiet.’ To really amp up the colour, they also make ‘Kiss Me’, which we know for a fact lasts and lasts!
Photography & Styling: Carla Pivonski
Makeup & Hair: Philip Patterson