I recently read an article on Stylelist.com that pink is the new red. With just two swipes, thfeminine shade instantly brightens anyone's face. Plus, it makes for an easy alternative to matte red or rich purple lipsticks that aren't exactly ideal for day.
Jessie Powers, MAKE UP FOR EVER managing educator, explains why you need pink lipstick in your makeup bag, plus tips on how to pull the color off.
"Pink: A shade that any woman can feel comfortable wearing
Pink is the new red because it is a versatile shade that is fun and flirty without looking too bold or overdone. Everyone from Emma Stone and Kate Bosworth to Nicole Richie and Katy Perry have been rocking pink lips on the red carpet--just as glamorous as red, but with a softer finish."
Believe it or not, there is a pink lip color for every complexion.
Typically cool pinks work best with cool undertones in the pink and beige skin tone range. Likewise, warm pinks usually work best with warmer undertones in the golden, amber or olive range. If you tend to be a bit color shy, try a sheer formula that lets a little of your natural lip color shine through.
A good day look is clean makeup that puts the focus on the lips and cheeks. Keep your eyes minimal with a neutral palette. Line your eyes in dark chocolate brown colored eyeliner Apply a generous coat of mascara to upper and lower lashes. Use a pink lipstick with a bit of pop and apply a complementary pink blush to the apples of the cheeks rather than the contour of the cheekbones. The overall effect is youthful and feminine. It’s also one of the least time-consuming routines.
A great night look that plays up the sultry side of pink lipstick is a smoky eye. Apply light colored shadow to entire lid up to brow. Apply a cool shade of shadow to your lid. (Colors on the cool side are purples, violet, turquoise, shades of green). Apply a dark shadow, such as grey or light black to the crease and blend. Apply a black kohl pencil around the lash line and smudge out with a deep color shadow. Pair a shimmering aubergine or black gold with a rich black pencil. For really seductive eyes, line the inner rim of the upper and lower lash line with the pencil. Apply two generous coats of mascara to lashes and fan them out for dramatic impact. (I recommend Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20 at ULTA and Sephora). Choose a pinky/gold blush for the apples of your cheeks and bronzer to the contours of the cheekbones. Finally, give your look a girlish twist with a pink lip. Don't go for a "bubblegum" pink, but rather a saturated middle pink or pink gloss.
The following are suggested products for you to try:
1. Revlon Super Lustrous Gentlemen Prefer Pink Lipstick ($6.00)
2. CoverGirl Queen Collection Powderpuff Pink Lipcolor )$6.00)
3. Maybelline Pink and Proper Color Sensational Lipcolor ($8.00)
4. MAC Saint Germain Lipstick ($14.00)
6. Lancome Roses in Love Rough ($25.00)