Forget Pantone’s Radiant Orchid; if there’s one colour that’s dominating the beauty collections this season, it’s pink. Yes, it has a tendency to pop up around this time of year, but for SS14, designers and beauty houses have wholeheartedly thrown themselves behind the trend.
Pink can be polarising – apart from my cheeks, it’s not a colour I naturally gravitate to – but it’s definitely a wearable trend. From rose to salmon to magenta, there are countless colour options and if you scout around, you’re bound to find something that suits. Because I love you, I’ve been experimenting on your Frillseeking behalf.
This new Body Shop shimmer cube in #26, €23.50, surprised me. Instead of looking juvenile, the sheer iridescence strikes me as ethereal and fresh. The key is a light hand, and a good primer to let the sparkle stick. MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot works nicely.
This hot pink polish from Lancôme, Vernis in Love Rose Satin, is a stunner. It’s punchy, bold and flattering with my skintone. It’s also pricey at €18, but I can’t remember the last time a polish garnered so many compliments.
Trickier to pull off are the array of pink eyeliners and mascaras on the market. This Butter London number in Pistol Pink, €18, is best kept to the upper lashline. It’s certainly dramatic, and I quite like it with the colour of my eyes. But can I really pull it off? You tell me in the comments.
Our grá for playful hair colour shows no sign of letting up, and hair chalk is a fun and temporary way to try the trend. This one, €11.95 from The Body Shop (top picture), couldn’t be easier to apply – just rub it on your hair, seal it with some hairspray and wash out when you’re done. I won’t be wearing it to the office, but for nights out, gigs and festivals, you know what? I just might.
And if you made me pick a favourite? It would probably be this Make-Up Studio Paint Gloss, €16.95, in Flashy Pink. This pro brand is relatively new to Ireland – you’ll find them in McCabes pharmacies – and I really rate their lip products. More a liquid lipstick than a gloss, this gives a punchy, opaque finish that lasts well and has a nice texture on the lips.
What do you reckon, will you be thinking pink?