By Sofia Hussein
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 did a gorgeous photo shoot with pink in mind, and added some suggestions for some of the loveliest natural pink makeup shades around – whether your skin is ivory white or ebony black, pink will definitely work for you!
Natural Pink Makeup Looks for Summer
Start out with a good foundation. We used Ilia’s Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturiser in Los Roques, which works great on drier skin and really leaves a lovely glow. It comes with an inbuilt SPF and in a range of shades to suit every skin tone.
Use a vegan friendly Kabuki brush and dab into the makeup, then pat all over the face.
For hiding imperfections, 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 instead – it works on all skin types, acting as a smooth makeup base whilst improving skin tone and texture.
Natural pink makeup in the form of 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’ colour stick 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 skin tone 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).
Kjaer Weis offers a light, natural pink makeup shade called Rapture that lives up to its name, making your lips look as delicious as fresh raspberries. This lippy, which also doubles as a blusher, looks especially great with darker skin tones, and can add some makeup drama to lighter ones.
All About Eyes
Pink on the eyes? Yes, it can work! Just ensure there’s a bit of a golden or brown tone so it doesn’t look like you just got off an 18 hour overnight flight.
Look at all the delicious shades in Pacifica’s Solar Eyeshadow Palette – that’s exactly what we’re talking about! We highlighted the brow with a creamier shade, and feathered the eyelid with the peachier hue.
Due to all the drama on the eyelids, we kept the look pretty minimal otherwise, using only a touch of Alima Pure mascara to add depth.
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!
Photography & Styling: Carla Pivonski
Makeup & Hair: Philip Patterson