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MODERN MAKEUP: HOW TO WEAR PINK

Posted on 02 March 2018

With spring around the corner, it's time to dust off those neutral hues and get ready for bright, blushing tones. Pink has been a go-to makeup shade, evergreen and universal in its femininity and particularly coveted in the spring and summer. But wearing it around the eyes can seem like you've got allergies, rather than a fresh and dewy look. Here's how our makeup artist Angel Jagger Chumbley suggests wearing an all-pink look!

TIP #1: THE PERFECT PINK

 

Finding the perfect shade of pink that compliments your skin tone and eye color takes a little work. Swatch a range of shades to find the ones you adore. 

For fair and light skin, pale pinks work best. Try out pinks that lean more lavender if your skin has cool undertones or peach if your skin's undertones are a little warmer. 

For tan and deep skin, Angel says, "bolder shades of pinks provide a more subtle effect, while lighter shades of pink will create a more dramatic look [in contrast to darker skin]. Good examples to use are fuchsia or berry."

TIP #2: IT'S ALL IN THE EYES!

 

When it comes to the eyes, Angel recommends staying away from shades that are too red. "Never apply pink eyeliner on the bottom lash line, unless you're going for that sickly look!"

Look to the color wheel to find pinks that will make your eyes pop! If you've got blue eyes, the complementary color is orange, so try a peachier pink. If your eyes are green, a more purple-leaning pink will be your go to. For brown eyes, try a pink with a pearlescent shine to bring out your natural sparkle. 

"I recommend using a brown or black eyeliner and mascara to frame the eyes," says Angel. This provides a contrast between your eyes and lid color. 


On Molly: Everyday Minerals Velvet Shadow in Fresh, Glowing • ILIA Essential Eyeshadow Palette in Prima100% Pure Maracuja Mascara in Black Tea

 

 


TIP #3: LIPS & CHEEKS

 

When choosing the right blush, use a similar shade of pink with the same undertones. "Don't ever pile on the blush," says Angel. "Keep it subtle to avoid overwhelming your face."

The same thought goes for the lips as well. "If you're not sure what shade of lipstick to use, play it safe and try a nude color instead." Angel also recommends applying a gloss if you have thinner lips–this will make them appear plumper.


On Molly: Lily Lolo Cheek Duo in Naked PinkGressa Minimalist Illuminating SerumILIA Lip Gloss in Love Buzz

 

 


TIP #4: WHEN IN DOUBT, BLEND IT OUT!

 

If your pink look appears to be too much, combine colors to minimize the impact of dramatic shades. Pair bright pinks with neutrals like brown, gray or other shades of pinks. On Molly, we blended a lavender brown shade (from the Prima Palette) into the outer corners of her eyes to add depth and nuance.

 

 

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