Makeup
March 10, 2021
by Rose Garnett

Peaches And Cream: Why Pink Is The Ultimate Multi-Tasking Makeup Shade

by Rose Garnett

Pretty in pink.

Pink has been having a moment lately. Whether you’ve seen it on the (virtual) runways of Paris Fashion Week or in the latest Zara drop, one thing is for sure: you’ve seen it. And like most things, the easiest (and most affordable) way to incorporate a new colour trend into your life is through your makeup. One major perk? Pink just so happens to be one of the most flattering, all-rounder makeup shades available. 

That’s right—we’re telling you to ditch the smokey eye, bronzer-only, nude-lip combo and take a walk on the peachy side of life. Where butterflies flutter, the sun shines and you’re perpetually blushing. How does one take this leap, you ask? Here, we’ve enlisted the help of makeup artist Vic Anderson to divulge all her rose-coloured secrets.

The Why

Certainly not classified as a neutral when it comes to fashion, pink can be a little intimidating when you first see it in the blush pan or the lipstick bullet. But there’s no need to feel nervous. “Pink is one of the most truly versatile colours to keep in your makeup kit,” says Anderson. “Whether it’s lips, cheeks or eyes, the right tone of pink can brighten your complexion and your mood.”

You know when you see someone who got a little too much sun and they radiate bright, summer energy? A pink makeup look will do that for you without the excess sun damage. Winning!

 

The What

So, you’re on board with the whole pink thing but now have no idea where to start. We’ve got you, boo. “The key to making a pink look work is to use a multi-use product like a cream blush and lip colour,” recommends Anderson. “Creams are my favourite formula for this kind of thing because they can be used on the eyes, cheeks, temples and lips. They’re also super portable.”

Finding a multi-use product in a shade of pink that speaks to you will also help in keeping the look cohesive and not too costume-y. The perfect shade, like most makeup products, will depend on your undertone. If you’re more of a golden hue, a warmer, orange-based red will do you good. And if you’re cooler, opt for a more blue-based colour. Our favourites are the Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick ($73), Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment ($44) and the Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($33).

The How

Aside from adding a dash of colour to your cheekbones or an element of drama to your lips, adding pink into your makeup repertoire can take some getting used to—especially when it comes to eyes. “Depending on the intensity of the look you’re going for, an eyeliner or concealer pencil in your skin tone along the waterline can brighten the eyes and cancel out redness,” says Anderson. “For something more dramatic, coat the lashes well with black mascara and line them with a deep brown or black pencil.” As long as you create a visual separation between the redness of the eyes and the makeup application, you’re good to go.

In terms of the rest of the face, Anderson also recommends sticking to two places—to avoid the look becoming too matchy-matchy. “Keep the pink to no more than two placements. For example, a hot pink eyeliner can be balanced out by a subtle pink cheek stain and a nude lip or a bold pink lip can be subdued by a neutral eye and soft pink shimmer highlight.”

Noted.

The Why

Certainly not classified as a neutral when it comes to fashion, pink can be a little intimidating when you first see it in the blush pan or the lipstick bullet. But there’s no need to feel nervous. “Pink is one of the most truly versatile colours to keep in your makeup kit,” says Anderson. “Whether it’s lips, cheeks or eyes, the right tone of pink can brighten your complexion and your mood.”

You know when you see someone who got a little too much sun and they radiate bright, summer energy? A pink makeup look will do that for you without the excess sun damage. Winning!

 

The What

So, you’re on board with the whole pink thing but now have no idea where to start. We’ve got you, boo. “The key to making a pink look work is to use a multi-use product like a cream blush and lip colour,” recommends Anderson. “Creams are my favourite formula for this kind of thing because they can be used on the eyes, cheeks, temples and lips. They’re also super portable.”

Finding a multi-use product in a shade of pink that speaks to you will also help in keeping the look cohesive and not too costume-y. The perfect shade, like most makeup products, will depend on your undertone. If you’re more of a golden hue, a warmer, orange-based red will do you good. And if you’re cooler, opt for a more blue-based colour. Our favourites are the Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick ($73), Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment ($44) and the Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($33).

The How

Aside from adding a dash of colour to your cheekbones or an element of drama to your lips, adding pink into your makeup repertoire can take some getting used to—especially when it comes to eyes. “Depending on the intensity of the look you’re going for, an eyeliner or concealer pencil in your skin tone along the waterline can brighten the eyes and cancel out redness,” says Anderson. “For something more dramatic, coat the lashes well with black mascara and line them with a deep brown or black pencil.” As long as you create a visual separation between the redness of the eyes and the makeup application, you’re good to go.

In terms of the rest of the face, Anderson also recommends sticking to two places—to avoid the look becoming too matchy-matchy. “Keep the pink to no more than two placements. For example, a hot pink eyeliner can be balanced out by a subtle pink cheek stain and a nude lip or a bold pink lip can be subdued by a neutral eye and soft pink shimmer highlight.”

Noted.

Comments

nina

I love pink shadows!

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