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In the Pink

February 3rd, 2016

February 3rd, 2016

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The prettiest of pinks are sprinkled throughout the Spring collections this season, but we wanted to expand the spectrum and find the hottest, most shocking, vibrant, stand-alone pinks too. So whether you’re baby or electric we have a pink just for you.

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MAC’s two Flamingo Park Collections are pink all over, from nail and lips to liners and shadows.  The nine shade palette, not all pink but enough to make a difference, with Bird’s Eye View, a hot magenta; Flock & Roll, a light pastel shade and Sushi Flower, a pinkish coral with shimmer.  The neat Pigments include Rose, a rose with copper sparkle, but it’s the lipsticks that go all-out pink.  Please Me, a muted rosy-tint; Be Silly, a hot fuchsia; Long Legged & Fabulous, a soft baby pink; Saint Germain, a clean pastel pink and Have Your Cake, a bright magenta.  Two Lip Pencils – Chic Trick and Embrace Me – work well to complement the other lip colours.  There’s plenty of pink in the Cremesheen Glasses too, and the Powder Blushes come in every shade of pink including Life’s a Picnic, a hot reddish shade; Pink Swoon, a soft yellowish baby pink; Let’s Be Friends, a blueish hot pink and What I Fancy, a soft bright apricot.  But our absolute favourites of the collection are the Beauty Powders in Pearl Blossom, a light pink with silver pearlized pigments and Sunny Surprise, a soft peach.

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Smashbox are celebrating 25 years with a glorious lip palette.  The expertly-curated, collectible palette (£60) features 25 of the brand’s best-loved shades in both creamy and matte finishes, all inspired by Hollywood icons and containing some pretty amazing pinks.

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L’Oreal’s La Vie en Rose lipstick collection (£6.99) claims to have a pink for every skin tone.  Being L’Oreal they could pull in some fairly big names: Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, Naomi Watts, Helen Mirren and Liya Kebede have been called on to create an ensemble of pinks from dusky to the palest of pastel.  Eva’s Pink is a peach pink lipstick with a slight yellow pigment. It complements skin with warm undertones, giving the appearance of a brighter complexion.  Blake’s Pink is a radiant orangey shade lipstick to bring the appearance of a healthy glow to fair skin tones.  Naomi’s Pink, a mauve ‘tea’ pink, is the epitome of refinement, bringing the appearance of freshness and sophistication to fair skin tones.  Helen’s Pink is a delicate pale hue with a subtle iridescent finish.  And Liya’s Pink is a rich, luminous Grenadian pink lipstick to beautifully contrast against deeper skin tones.

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If pastel pink is more your preference, then Shu Uemura’s Pastel Fantasy Spring 2016 collection is for you.  The Drawing Crayon in Pink (£18.50) is inspired by the versatile beauty of Japanese hydrangea flowers, the creamy soft texture can either be used as a liner or a shadow.  The tint in gelato in mystic pink, (£18.50) also from the Pastel Fantasy collection, is a rich bluey pink – and then there’s the Natural Fel eyelashes (£15) which are fabulous limited edition lashes made up of thin delicate cross lashes of pink, purple and silver white hair.

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Pink eyes need skill to apply and pull off. You’ll find some pretty pinks in some of the Spring palettes on offer, but for stand alone shades then Make Up For Ever have plenty of choice in both matte and iridescent Artists Shadows (£18.50).  In Matte you can choose from Powdery, Fresh, Antique or Flesh to name just a few, and Flamingo, English or Baby in the iridescent formulation.

Pink eyeliners work better when they are glitter and two of the best include Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Pink (£14) or the BBCs Strictly make-up team favourite Collection’s Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in Dancing Queen (£2.99).

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YSL Beaute has a beautiful cheek stain, the limited edition Blush Encre De Peau (£35) in Fuchsia forms part of their Spring 16 offerings and is a bright pink gel formulation for a flushed cheek look.  For a bold pink powdered blush we do like the Le Prisme Blush from Givenchy’s SS16, and this collection does counter the bright with a beautiful barely-there pink with the Poudre Luminere Originalle.

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Sometimes a red lip can look a bit formal – inject bold colour into your look with a bright fuchsia shade instead, such as the Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice.  We’re in love with this long-lasting yet comfortable formulation, and the colour adds a real brightness to the face.  This isn’t your everyday hot pink lipstick, that’s for sure.

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