I used to think pink makeup didn’t work so well on women of color. Too pale, too subtle, too washed out = pointless, I assumed. I’d see these new high end department store makeup collections coming out featuring rose, coral, and ballerina pink makeup, and never even consider buying any of it, because the colors didn’t seem meant for me. Well ever since Damone Roberts and Patrece Williams preached the gospel, I’ve become a convert.
Pink makeup can look amazing on brown skin of all shades. You just gotta find the right product. Let me share some new favorites and celebrity makeup artist must-haves!
But I just teased this earlier, so now here’s the product that Patrece Williams swears “every woman of color needs to have” — Clinique Full Potential duo gloss in Luscious Lilac/Bloom Berry.
For the life of me, I can’t find that *exact* product as a duo gloss. It must have been a limited edition holiday thing, because all I can find is Clinique’s Kissable Six lipgloss set, a limited edition set reviewed by Makeup and Beauty Blog a while back. But fret not, bellas! Clinique’s full potential glosses come seperately, so you can get Luscious Lilac and a similar shade, Blackberry Bloom, online for just $17.50.
The original compact in bronze already had rosy elements to it, but Bobbi Brown’s upped the ante of late with the blushed pink collection, and the platinum pink shimmer brick, which might look scary if you’re a makeup newbie, but if you try it out, you’ll realize it could actually be your best friend.
These five strips of shimmery shades swirl together and are so pretty when lightly swooshed over areas you may want to highlight. I tend to use it on my cheekbones, decolletage, and I use the individual strips as eyeshadows. I heart Bobbi Brown for products like these — truly multi use, multi talented beauty in one package for $40. And it’s not too sheer/unpigmented/flat to show up on your beautiful brown skin, AND it’ll last you forever. Trust!
So I told you Damone’s pink recommendations, and Patrece’s.
And I noticed that nobody mentioned the prospect of pink on your eyelids — yes indeed, that can be very pretty for spring. But on darker skin sometimes it doesn’t show up. If you have oily eyelids (like I do), use a dab of primer before you apply. I love Benefit’s spring collection of creaseless cream eyeshadows — very blendable, shimmery, and stunning. AND versatile – I use them like fingerpaints. Samba-dy Loves Me is a soft golden-pink, and <Flying Down To… is described as orchid purple, but has a slightly silvery shimmer when I use it on my lids. Both very pretty when by themselves for day, or layered with darker shadows for a smokey eye in the evening.
Other pink eye options? Wow, that sounds awful! But to give my eyelids a rosier hue, I’ve got my eye on Dior’s fresh, feminine 5-Colour Eyeshadow kit in Spring Bouquet. I figure this recession can’t last forever. I’m willing to wait until Fall for it, it’s that pretty!
If you’re not yet swayed by my enthusiastic recommendations, do yourself a favor and head out to the mall this weekend! Hit up Macy’s or Nordie’s, and beeline for the makeup counter. Check out the latest spring releases, and try swatches on the back of your hand. Or even better, get a makeover and ask about their prettiest seasonal shades. You’re bound to find a color that’ll put you right in the pink of things.
Got any favorites of your own, bellas? Do you feel pretty in pink? Let me know what works for you — or if you need any drugstore-chic recommendations for my bellas on a budget!