Think Pink

May 23rd, 2016

May 23rd, 2016

You can put away your red lip colours for summer because this season’s hottest shade is indubitably pink.  Whether you’re reaching for soft blush shades or bold fuchsia, there have never been so many fantastic pink lip products available.  Spoilt for choice though we may be, we’ve done our best to pick our favourite products to match a colour wheel of different pinks.


For a pretty, almost too-pale hint of Blush pink, we chose MAC Hue.  It has enough pigment to look like you’re wearing something, but the comfortable glossy texture means you avoid a chalky block of colour when wearing something this pale.






Slightly warmer than Blush, we chose Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick in Petal Pink for Flamingo.  Creamier but still very comfortable, this is a great colour for a neutral lip which retains a feminine touch.





As soon as we saw the Lancôme Juicy Shakers we were in heaven.  Comfortable lip oil texture – check.  Beautiful pigment – check.  Fun application and travel-friendly – check!  For the perfect peachy pink we chose Apri-Cute which has just the right hint of orangey apricot to balance out the pink in your lips to create a beautiful Peach shade.

102 Apri Cute




For an instant hit of wearable pink-tinged Coral we reached for Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna.  This formula has an almost luminous quality, a very modern matte which is anything but lifeless.

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Ballet Slipper

We knew we needed the right brand for that quintessential Ballet Slipper pale pink.  Step forward Burberry – with a variety of softly-tinted nude shades we were spoilt for choice.  The subtle shade of Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink was perfect, and we think this glossy, hydrating lip colour would be perfect for a bridal look.





Next we reach Rose, the ultimate soft pink shade.  One of our go-to lip products is Clinique’s Lip Pops.  Demi-matte and smoothing, thanks to the built-in primer, Sweet Pop gives just the right touch of rosy glow to the lips.





Juicy Watermelon shades are perfect for summer – bright enough to be interesting while still remaining very wearable.  We’ve been trying out Love Struck by Sara Hill and it’s perfect – punchy colour with a subtle touch of shimmer, it lasts well while still feeling conditioning on the lip.





NYX’s Soft Matte Lips Creams are one of our favourite liquid lipstick textures.  They feel almost mousse-like as you apply them, drying down to a comfortable matte texture almost like a film of colour.  The shade San Paulo is our first choice for Rouge.

NYX San Paulo




When we saw L’Oreal’s Matte Max lip colours we were instantly intrigued – velvety-soft and chock-full of pigment, the packed powder in the lid of the product is applied by dabbing and rolling it onto the lip via the sponge-tip applicator.  It feels lighter than air, and the selling point of the product is its ability to create funky ombré effects by blending multiple shades.  It doesn’t last as long as traditional matte formulas, but it’s ideal for anyone who doesn’t like the feel of heavy matte lipsticks but love the effect – Oops I Pink It Again matched our Punch pink brilliantly.





A pink-tinged red is a like a dressed-down version of the classic Hollywood red lip – more casual and more wearable for those who are intimidated by a perfect blue-red.  Ever since we tried Kryolan’s Matte Lipsticks on their release last year, the shade Aurora has been our go-to Strawberry shade.  We’ve found it to be very flattering on a real assortment of skintones.



Finding the right blue-pink for Taffy was tricky – and when it comes to unusual colours we normally head to OCC Lip Tars.  Once again they didn’t disappoint, and we found Narcissus to be the perfect match.  The newly packaged Lip Tars now have a doe foot applicator, eliminating the need for a brush – although be careful as you apply as it’s still an intensely-pigmented lip colour.





With Bubblegum pink it can be quite hard to adopt the bright pink shade in a wearable manner but we managed it with Fusion Beauty’s LipFusion Plump + Shine in Tease.  Vivid but wearable, it’s a fun and cheeky colour which would brighten any day or shoot.  The brand launches in the UK soon, so keep your eyes peeled.





A bold fuchsia lip can be so enchanting, ideal for event or red carpet looks with a bit of a twist.  YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks are such a joy to wear – creamy, vibrant and glamorous – that it made sense for our pick to be their shade Le Fuschia.

YSL le fuschia 


Hot Pink

Spice things up with a vibrant Hot Pink to let people know you mean business.  One of our favourites is from Smashbox – their Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Knockout would be perfect for a vibrant, glossy look.  Keep the rest of the face pared back, but keep some colour in the cheeks to avoid looking washed out.





The brand new Lava Lips lipstick from Illamasqua may look confusing in the case, but the blue and dark pinky-purple blend together to create a stunning magenta lip.  Each time you use it the colour will change slightly thanks to the marbling in the pigment.  As ever with Illamasqua, their colour and staying power are both excellent – find them on counter from the 2nd of June.

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Last but not least we reach Rosewood.  Give a nod to the ‘90s trend of brown lips which is enjoying a resurgence with the classic Max Factor Colour Elixir shade of the same name.  With enough pink retained to make it wearable, it’s an affordable option to tap into a trend.

MF Rosewood



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By Deborah Murtha

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