Think Pink For Spring

In my neck of the woods spring has been taking its sweet time arriving this year; as I’m writing this I’m gazing out my window at stubborn banks of snow that at this rate may still be here in June. As a result, lately I find myself reaching for the happiest, most optimistic shade in my makeup bag: pink. The good news? Pink is a pretty universally flattering shade and it’s big for spring. If Mother Nature doesn’t want to brighten things up outside, I’ll do it on my own! Here are the pink products I’m sporting this season:
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Eyes: When I read in Allure Magazine that pink eyeshadow was a big trend for spring, I nearly jumped for joy. I’ve discovered the prettiest pale pink shadow; so pretty, in fact, that I chose it as my eye color for my wedding day last September! If you’re searching for a nice soft shadow that can be toned up or down, try Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow Shimmer in Sweet Candy. Bonus points for using a pink applicator, too (I bought a pack of these at Sally Beauty Supply).

Lips: I’m guessing exactly no one will be surprised to learn that Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch has made it into my spring lip look rotation. ???????????????????????????????I’ve been alternating between that old favorite and another one – Jouer Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink. It’s a great hot pink shade that goes on sheer but can be layered for more color.

Nails: While I have an abundance of pink polishes in a variety of shades, right now I’m obsessed with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish in Anime (note: the brand’s matching lip tar is a great hot pink lip color if you’re wanting something bold!). A word of caution: a manicure this bright needs to be impeccable. Mine lasted 3 days before it started chipping, so be vigilant with the top coat!
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Extra Credit: When that manicure does start to chip, why not remove it with something equally cheery? Beauty Secrets Acetone Nail Polish Remover is the gold (or pink) standard in removing stubborn polish. Similarly, I can’t do without my MAKE Dual-Phase Eye Makeup Remover. It never bothers my sensitive eyes and gets every last bit of makeup off my eyes, waterproof or otherwise.

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Color Me Pretty

I am, for the most part, a no-makeup makeup kinda girl. Like many other women, I meticulously apply a variety of products in hopes of achieving the desired outcome of looking like I’m not wearing a stitch of makeup yet have porcelain skin, pouty lips and sparkling eyes. It’s a little ridiculous, actually, spending so much time and putting so much work into looking like we haven’t spent any time or done any work at all. 

Every now and then I throw in the blending sponge and decide that if I’m going to put makeup on, well, I want to be able to see it. Makeup is great for hiding blemishes and enhancing your natural beauty, but it can also be a hell of a lot fun. Maybe the long, dark winter months have gotten to me, but lately I’ve been drawn to bright colors and bold hues that are both fun and pretty. And surprisingly wearable. Here are two of my favorites (which I often wear together): 

Jouer Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink: This hot pink gloss, which was created exclusively for Birchbox (www.birchbox.com), is silky smooth and can be layered for varying levels of pigment. I find a generous swipe brightens my whole face and makes my lips look healthy and plump. An extra layer or two makes the color pop even more, but the shade is ultra-flattering and the shiny gloss looks great, not garish. Another great hot pink gloss pick? Make Up For Ever Glossy Full Couleur Extreme Shine Lip Gloss in #4. 

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Peacock: I never thought I’d see the day when wearing any form of bright blue eye makeup would make me feel like a stone cold fox, but it has arrived. Stila’s Peacock, a sort of electric cobalt blue, makes my eyes dazzle – they’ve never looked so blue! You can line your eyes fully with the pencil and then smudge it to really rock the color. My favorite way to wear it is a bit more subtle – I line the upper and lower lashes of the outside corners of my eyes, winging up and out for a very slight cat eye. 

Have you embraced bright makeup this season?