Wednesday 21 March 2018

Tickled Pink

It's the colour of spring and, with so many subtle tones available, there's a match for all, says Sarah Caden

Pictured, from left: Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Paradiso; Benefit Lollitint; Clinique All About Shadow Soft Matte in Nude Rose; YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Asarine; China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pool Party
Pictured, from left: Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Paradiso; Benefit Lollitint; Clinique All About Shadow Soft Matte in Nude Rose; YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Asarine; China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pool Party

Sarah Caden

Pink is the colour of this season. Of course, you could say pink is always the colour of spring, in the way that coral always rears its pinky-orange head come summer, but, this year, it's serious. It's everywhere, and it can be for everyone, according to your ability to embrace it. If bubblegum pinks make you feel like mutton dressed as lamb, keep them to your nails. And if pink around the eyes makes you look like you've been bawling, take a look at the taupey-pink shadow on this page.

Then again, perhaps you're a person who lives to get in the pink every year. Maybe it lifts you out of the brown-and-grey doldrums of winter and you can't wait to get it all over you. Obviously, though, an abundance of it is to be avoided. Or you could look like you have consumption. Or myxomatosis.

One "pop", as the make-up artists say, could lift your look. And it's up to you whether that's one nail in an otherwise mellow manicure, a magnificently pink pout, or some just-pinched looking cheeks. Try not to be shy of spring, though. It doesn't last long.


Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Paradiso, €46, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork

Despite their hefty price, the lipsticks from this brand have become a firm favourite of anyone who sets store in powerful pigment with non-drying staying power. This is a lighter formulation than the regular lipstick, an ever so slightly shimmery watermelon pink, with vitamin E and shea butter for lip softening. "I'm wary of sheer lipsticks as glorified lip balms," said a panellist. "This pink lasts and lasts, though, and the sharply angled shape of the lipstick's tip gives very expert application."


Benefit Lollitint, €34.50, Sth William St, D2: Brown Thomas and Debenhams nationwide; Clerys, Arnotts, both D1; larger Boots; selected pharmacies

A bottle of liquid pigment that is similar in texture, but different in colour, to the best-selling Benetint. This is an almost opalescent pale pink, with a hint of blue, which means it doesn't exaggerate any redness in the cheeks. "Not too shimmery, but it has a slightly highlighting effect that is very flattering," said one panellist. "You need to work fast, though, to avoid pink go-faster stripes."


Clinique All About Shadow Soft Matte in Nude Rose, €19, Clinique counters nationwide

Those who are passionate about pink might say this is barely pink, while the pink-averse will say it's a wearable shade. Both would be correct. It's a hint of a tint of pink, cushioned in a velvety taupe that is flattering to all eye colours and skin tones. "Really easy to blend and make work with my everyday eye shadows," a panellist said. "Not your night-out option, but a pretty day-to-day choice. And no piggy eyes."


YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Asarine, €31, YSL counters nationwide

This is full-on fuchsia, if that's what you're after. It's proud pink, nothing understated about it, but the fabulously shiny texture is equally eye-catching. Like a scarlet lip, a very bold pink requires that you go lightly elsewhere on your face, and it loves a porcelain complexion. "Gorgeous gold packaging, beautiful lip colour that lasts, and a knockout colour that brings my face back to life. It's love," said one panellist.


China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pool Party, €8.99, for stockists, tel: (045) 898-501

This range of nail polishes, with added nail hardeners, are worth checking out for their 300-strong selection of colours. They have all manner of pinks, but we like this almost neon pink that dries to a matt texture. Very pretty with pale hands or feet, and we imagine it would work well with a tan into summer, too. "The polish is very thin and liquidy, but it's not streaky on the nails," one panellist said. "Looked like a pro job."


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