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Pretty in Pink
This month’s sophisticated twist on that girliest of colors
Bliss Fabulips Glossy Lip Balm ($25)
I keep the lips super moist with this ultra-sheer balm that uses shea butter and grapeseed oil to deliver a ton of moisture. Made with parsley extracts that condition chappy skin, it’s simple and works even when I use it over a neutral pink liner for a fuller lip color. Consider it your upgrade from that waxy tube of Chap Stick.
Julep Nail Color ($14)
Nothing screams spring break like these vividly pink lacquers—Madison, Avery, and Raegan—which go on ultra smooth and dry within 10 minutes. You’ll only need two coats of the saturated polishes, which look beyond gorgeous on olive and dark skin tones, but remember to add a topcoat to extend their wear.
Nars Matte Multiple ($39)
In cream blush form, the multifunction stick in Anguilla (Ginger Pink) can be used on cheeks and lips. The finish isn’t a flat matte, but rather a sheer flush of color. On lips, it’s more than a stain, but less drying than a matte lipstick. The deeply pigmented formula means a little dab goes a very, very long way.
Trish McEvoy Irresistible Lip Gloss ($25)
At first glance, Petal seems like a barely there pink gloss. But, if you want an icy pink, non-sticky lip shiner with a lot of radiance and a dollop of peppermint to plump, this is your best bet. It actually does make your lips look fuller from afar.
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($32)
Konpelto is the sort of cream eye shadow you wear when you want to keep the rest of the face bare. The pigment payoff is rich: What you see is what you get. It blends smoothly and lasts for more than six hours without a primer thanks to a patent-pending technology that prevents creasing and fading. A dab mixed with a neutral gloss will make it fun to mix ’n’ match, too.
Tory Burch Lip Color ($32)
Launching this month is Ramble on Rose, a rare but perfect flush of rosy pink that flatters fairer skin tones. I love how the opaque lipstick leaves a satiny finish and is scented with cassis, grapefruit, and mandarin as opposed to the usual vanilla. And the gold-and-orange latticed case just looks so right in my clutch.
My younger self had no problem with pink. Every month would start with a hustle to my local M.A.C. counter, which offered the widest spectrum of all things pink: nails, lips, eyes, you name it. I was overwhelmed with the possibilities, and plunked down a good chunk of change for bubble-gum, glitter-laced lip balm to slick across my lips or a wild streak of matte fuchsia to pair with an electric-blue liquid liner.
My older self, on the other hand, has become wary of how to wear the right pink. Back in the day, most pink products were limited to saccharine-sweet finishes that made me overthink the look. Is my carnation gloss too disco? Is this poppy blush too old lady? And no one knew how to achieve the perfect pink shade on olive-skinned girls like myself.
But why dwell in the past? Today, I see a myriad of pinks available in so many wearable textures. With spring just around the corner, there’s no time to worry if pastels are too pale. Fortunately, this season’s beauty options are so sheer and stunning that they complement just about any look, whether it’s a dramatic black cat-eye or a soft, neutrally balanced palette with a peep of color. Check out these unusually versatile products, which offer a modern twist to the favored ultra-feminine shade without making you look too girly-girly.
A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.