When it comes to makeup, there are always certain colors I lean towards. Anything copper or gold is my jam; coral for blushes and red for lips.
Those are all colors that work well on my face, but my favorite color is pastel pink — and yet, I never wear it. So, in the spirit of experimentation, I tried some subtle (and less subtle) ways to wear this color.
These are the pastel pink products that I dug up:
- Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Pink Lights
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold
- Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Fling + NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Pastel pink blush
For this look I opted for a radiant base, a simple cat-eye and a nude lip. On my cheeks, I used the Color Tattoo in Pink Gold as a cream blush. I love how multi-use these Color Tattoo jars are, but that's a story for another day.
This look is for the very pastel pink-shy, like me. It's barely there, but not invisible.
The pink highlight
I'm a huge fan of the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters. I own all three, and I get use out of all of them. I use this one the least, because I usually lean towards a gold-toned highlight (their Golden Lights is great).
This pink-toned highlight is very unique if you ask me. It's incredibly shiny and cool-toned — the type of product that makes your face look wet if you use too much. I don't think that's a bad thing at all, as I have a preference for intense highlights.
To make the highlight the star of the look I opted for a light and fresh faced makeup, with intense brows and a simple lip balm on the lips. I think this way of wearing pastel pink might be my favorite — it makes me feel so ready for summer.
The pink lip
Wearing it as a lip color is the most obvious choice when it comes to pastel pink, but I have never come across a pastel pink lipstick that I liked — they don't look good on me. They quickly pull really bright on me, or they wash me out.
I desperately wanted to make a pastel pink work for me, and I thought about the white lipstick Allison used to double her lip wardrobe. I even commented on that article saying that I could use my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk for that, and that's exactly what I did here. After some elaborate mixing, I found my perfect pastel pink was a mix of the jumbo eye pencil with Milani's Amore Matte Lip Cream in Fling.
I wanted to keep the look really fresh and not overly-done; something about pink lipstick makes me think about 2011 Nicki Minaj, and that's just not my aesthetic. I created a soft-winged effect with a gunmetal eye pencil and blended that out until it was almost invisible. I also added fake eyelashes for glamour. On my skin, I went for a lower coverage than I usually do. I like that you can see my freckles and I feel like it gives the entire look just a less dramatic feel.
- How do you wear pastel pink?
- Are there any colors you stay away from?