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:
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!
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.

Spring Fling: Lip Color Love

Thank you to everyone who voted in the beauty experimentation poll. As it turns out, Love of Gloss readers like to play with their lips and eyes; lip color and mascara tied as the products you experiment with most often (eyeliner was not far behind). As promised, this week I’ve rounded up a collection of the best lip colors to play with this spring. (Note: there are no traditional lip glosses on this list. While I highly recommend each of the products listed below, die-hard gloss girls can find recommendations on the Glosses and Balms page!)


Maybelline Color Whisper: This lightweight gel lip color glides on oh-so-smoothly and leaves a sheer wash of color. It feels divine, comes in a variety of shades, and even its brightest hues are ultra-wearable.

I'll be sporting Maybelline Color Whisper in Orange Attitude straight through summer.

I’ll be sporting Maybelline Color Whisper in Orange Attitude straight through summer.

It leaves lips soft and with a subtle shine. This is a great pick for girls who typically wear balms but may be looking to sample a pop of color this season. I asked Maybelline via Twitter which shades they’d recommend for spring, and they suggested Who Wore it Red-der and Orange Attitude. I have to second their vote for Orange Attitude. I can see myself sporting the incredibly flattering red-orange straight through summer.

Tarte LipSurgence: I’ve been a fan of these for a while. The crayon-shaped lip tint comes in so many colors and finishes, it’s impossible not to find one that works for you. While they may look like big fat lip pencils, the lip liner similarities end there;

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tints in, from left to right, Elite, Exposed, Peaceful and Enchanted.

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tints in, from left to right, Elite, Exposed, Peaceful and Enchanted.

LipSurgence adds tons of moisture, is easy to apply, and makes you look like you were born with a gorgeous mouth. Again, there’s a shade for everyone, but the color I’m rocking this season is Exposed. This matte nude is a little darker than the pale shades that are prevalent this time of year. For some reason, I feel like a ’90s Gwyneth Paltrow when I wear this color. As a lifelong GP fan, this is a remarkable feat.

MAKE Lipstick: I’ve never been much of a lipstick gal, but that may be about to change thanks to MAKE. Never mind the fact that one third of all of the company’s sales go to the We See Beauty Foundation, MAKE’s creamy lipsticks look and feel so fantastic and un-lipsticky that even the most staunch gloss wearers may be tempted to switch.

MAKE lipstick in Putty.

MAKE lipstick in Putty.

They feature a creamy, moisturizing texture that is long lasting and not the least bit drying. I’m obsessed with Putty, a peachy nude that is very ladylike and feels just right for spring.

Maybelline Baby Lips: I feel like a bit of a groupie when it comes to these tinted balms. I blog, tweet and gush about them all the time. The reason is simple: I really don’t think you can find another lip product that does so much for such a ridiculously reasonable price. For approximately the price of three packs of gum, you can pick up a tube in one of several fun shades that feels silky smooth, softens lips, eradicates fine lines, and generally plumps and perfects your pout.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me (top) and Pink Punch.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me (top) and Pink Punch.

I keep them everywhere – my purse, my makeup bag, my nightstand, my desk. Aside from the clear balm, which makes a great base under other glosses and tints, I keep coming back to Pink Punch, a youthful bright pink shade that I think is perfect year round.

Thanks again for voting in the latest Love of Gloss poll. Check back next week for a look at the best new mascaras!