There's a reason Barbie is all about pink -- it's hard not to love the flirty, feminine shade. But a style-savvy woman knows that pulling off pink is about more than just rocking a great dress; it's also about applying makeup that enhances your look without overpowering it. Choose cosmetic shades that complement your dress and your own coloring, and soon you'll be the definition of pretty in pink.
Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for dusting off that bright pink -- think raspberry or fuchsia -- sundress. But you don't want to go overboard by wearing a bold dress and all bright makeup, so choose one facial feature to focus on and keep the rest of the look neutral. Stash these colors in your makeup bag for a flawless face:
Neutral eyeshadow* -- Rock a golden shade if you have warm coloring or a taupe hue for cool coloring. Bright pink lip -- Match your lip color to the dress and make your pretty pout the focal point. Matching blush** -- Keep your blush in the same color family as your lips, but go several shades lighter.
Lighter shades of pink, such as dusty rose, blush or baby pink, call for makeup that is not too bold. Keep your understated by swapping your usual lipstick for a gloss -- the pigment in gloss is sheer and won't overpower, but will add a hint of shine to your lips.
Stick to the appropriate warm or cool coloring of your skin tone and nab this look:
_Lips that are shimmery shades of light pink Eye shadow colors that are fairly neutral_ -- ivory and taupe for cool palettes or peachy beige for warm palettes Lighter shades of blush -- think pale mauve or light apricot* -- that don't overpower your face
You can incorporate additional color into your look with accessories like jewelry or a scarf, so your makeup doesn't need to be dramatic.
If you are wearing a dark pink dress, your makeup look should lean toward dark and moody, but be sure to balance it out with a few lighter elements. A carefully selected purple hue will help you maintain that balance:
Brown eyes* -- Rock medium-purple eye shadow like a pale plum, then add a purple-pink blush like orchid and a lavender lip color that is lighter than your eye makeup. Blue and green eyes* -- Go for a mauve eye shadow, dusty rose blush and lips in a berry shade with a red undertone.
Salmon and coral are two popular shades of orange-pink and work well with makeup that is not too dark, too light or too bright. A neutral makeup look is the way to go to complement these beachy shades, so stock up on these basics:
Neutral eyeshadow* -- Opt for a golden hue if you have warm coloring, or a grayish shade for cool coloring. Nude lips -- Wear nude lipstick and a peachy-pink lip gloss for a hint of shimmer. Matching blush** -- Keep your blush in the same color family as your lips. Bronzer also works well for summer -- try it instead of blush for a sun-kissed glow.