Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wearing (and pulling off) pinks & reds

Bright and bold pink and red hues aren't for everyone, and the main thing i hear is that people don't think they can pull them off. Bright, bold colours are my favourite to wear but they aren't always that wearable or can just look a little out of place. Let this post be a tool, a little friendly helper if you will, in helping you find the best way to wear pinks and reds which suits you.

First up, i always think to pull of bold colours you want a flawless, glowing base. Of course if you're going for the more natural hues then something a little more sheer will work, but in general this is my rule. I tend to start with the laura mercier primer in radiance, follow up with the bobbi brown skin foundation, georgio armani luminous silk or something similar, then top it all off with a dusting of an hourglass ambient lighting powder. Add a bit of highlight on the cheekbones (the jouer one is my fave) and you're good to go. 

In the lip category, there are a ton of lip options you could go for, although i think opaque, true reds suit everyone. The new revlon matte balm in standout is a great choice for a punch of highly pigmented, matte colour, whilst still feeling hydrating on the lips. I feel like the colour is much more of a muted red so its great for daytime wear. They seem to last pretty well through light eating and drinking too which is a plus! If you want something glossier but still with a high amount of pigmentation, then the rimmel apocalips in big bang has you covered. Then there's the obvious choice of a mac lippy - russian red being my favourite out of their reds due to its not too cool or too warm tone and buttery texture. Then if you're feeling luxe - there's chanel. Pictured is rouge coco no.19 gabrielle, a pigmented yet sheeny red with a subtle shimmer running through which makes you're lips look pout perfect. To perfect a red lip, a lip brush or a liner is a must! I tend to go for the latter, as i find it much quicker and helps the lipstick to last longer, so i get lining with the mac pro longwear lip pencil in kiss me quick, a gorgeous true, slightly deeper red. An alternative to a red lip is a red blush - sounds strange but i love wearing nars liberté blush if i want to wear a red toned makeup look, as it imparts just the right amount of red whilst still having an element of peach and bronze in there. perfect for daytime or evening wear!

When it comes to pinks, i feel like there are a lot more options. Sheers, mattes and bolds are a plenty. For a sheer option, i love mac lustering - a pretty warm toned pink with a slightly glossy finish, giving you a hit of colour without it being too much. For a drugstore version, the bourjois colour boost in fuchsia libre is a gorgeous warm vibrant pink. A bold pink lip can be a real statement and a lot more fun and girly than a red, and the nars satin lip pencil in luxembourg is the perfect choice. Luxembourg is a highly pigmented deeper pink with a glossy yet not overly glossy finish which sticks around for yonks and leaves behind a stain. Then there's the well known mac offering of girl about town, a cooler, more vibrant pink which would work well on the most pale all the way up to the deeper skin tones. If you're more feeling blush then i have a few i reach for when i'm wanting a bright complexion - the kevyn aucion creamy glow blush in liquifuschia being the pop of colour, the max factor creamy blush in soft pink being the natural everyday, and the nars blush in amour being the powder offering to pair with smokey eyes. And last but not least, if you can get hold of it, i recommend trying the L'oreal infalliable pigment in amber rush for a golden pink tint to the lids.

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