October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show our support we put together a wearable pink makeup look. The bright pigmentation of pink makeup makes it difficult to wear, and often it becomes over powering and costume-like. The following look provides a soft pink look perfect for all seasons.
Start by contouring your face. Focusing on the hollows of your cheekbones and temples, apply a light brown contour powder or bronzer. Tarte’s bronzer in “Park Avenue Princess” or Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer in “Sun Light” work well because they are matte. By contour, you create shadows that define your bone structure, so you don’t want shimmer catching the light. Contouring also creates dimension and adds warm to your face.
Next, sweep a rose colored blush from the apple of your cheek to your hairline. Concentrate the color onto the apples of your cheek. Physician’s Formula powder blush in “Blushing Rose” gives off a highly pigmented color which blends into skin easily. Use a Kabuki brush to blend your contour and blush together. Blur any harsh lines for a no make-up appearance.
Line the upper lash line. This makeup look is meant to appear delicate so try and use softer colors. People with light colored hair should use brown eyeliner. Those who have darker hair and lashes should use a black or dark gray liner. I like Urban Decay 24/7 glide on pencils because they stay put throughout the day. Their best brown is “Whiskey” and a fabulous gray is “Smoke”.
Apply a ballet pink shadow with silver shimmer undertones onto the eyelid. Wet n’ Wild’s eye shadow trio in “Sweet as Candy” contains the perfect pink. When the shadow contains silver undertones it mutes the pink and will make it so your eyelid doesn’t look like you have bad allergies or pink eye.
Next, put on a copper orange shadow in the crease and outer corner of the eye. This will anchor the pink again and create a look similar to a regular eye shadow and less like an eye irritation. Urban Decay’s “Chopper” perfectly mixes orange and brown. Blend the edges of the shadow to soften the look.
Apply mascara to the lashes that matches the color of the eyeliner used to line the eye. Those who have naturally straight lashes might consider using waterproof formula mascara after curling the lashes. Waterproof mascara stays longer and prevents your lashes from falling.
Finish off with a sheer pink lipstick. The Revlon color-burst lip butter in “Strawberry Shortcake” looks fantastic. It is moisturizing like a lip balm but has a slight tint of color. This lovely pink is just enough to enhance the natural lip color while still being an appropriate color for fall.
Finally, highlight the upper cheekbones, forehead, and chin for a slightly dewy look. MAC’s “Mineralized Skin Finishes” provides a wonderful soft glow. For an affordable alternative, try Milani blush in “Luminoso”. For this step, be very light-handed; a little goes a long way. If you prefer, take a white shadow and highlight under the brow bone. Doing this makes the brows look more sculpted. This is a great trick to use in between eyebrow waxes.
Photos by: Roberto Leon