An Ode to Pink

Perhaps this isn’t an ode by true definition, but I thought I’d share my love for pink makeup for this Valentine’s Day. I am actually not the biggest fan of the color pink, but I have a soft spot for pink makeup. There are many kinds of pinks: baby pinks, vibrant pinks, cool pinks, warm pinks…and they’re all uniquely beautiful. There’s so much that pink can do; my favorite ways are to go bold or romantic.

Bold

A hot pink lipstick is a fun way to make a flirty, bold statement. MAC’s Girl About Town is one of my favorites (first impressions in this haul post). It’s a cool-toned, bright pink that has a hint of shine. Kat Von D’s Backstage Bambi is similar, but has a more bubblegum pink feel to it. It comes in either the satin-matte Studded Kiss formula or super matte Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula.

I’m not huge into a bolder blush with my fair skin; I just don’t think it suits me. If I’m working with a vibrant shade, like Becca’s Mineral Blush in Hyacinth, I use a fan brush to lightly apply the color. I prefer a highlighter to make my statement, and pink can make a beautiful, other-worldly glow. Urban Decay’s Aura is an iridescent pink that catches the light and catches attention.

Pink eyeshadow definitely makes a statement. The pink shades in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette are tough for me to pull off, but they add nice pops of color to a look. The palette gets bonus points for having cute pink packaging too.

Romantic

I love a romantic look. I usually gravitate towards pinky nude shades, but I recently rediscovered a more true pink in MAC’s Creme Cup thanks to Katina Lindaa’s Valentine’s lipsticks post (here). I wasn’t a fan of the shade at first, but it’s working now. I also love Angel, which is even more subtle (see my MAC haul post for swatches).

A beautiful flush on the cheeks can be achieved with one of my faves, the Dior Rosy Glow blush. I also love the romantic, almost ethereal look I get from Hourglass Diffused Heat, which can go quite bold, but I do my light application trick to control the amount of color.

A softer pink eyeshadow can be applied to get the romantic look. I like the Dior Fusion Mono in Chimére, which is shimmery and a slightly peachy pink.

There is so much you can do with pink makeup! I tend to go for the bold, or play with softer pinks for a romantic look. What is your favorite way to wear pink?

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