Summer is all about colour – and this season is no exception. From the moment that fashion month commenced in backstage areas from London to Milan to New York and Paris, makeup artists fast developed a love affair with one colour in particular: pink.
Fuchsia, magenta, brilliant berry tones and bubble-gum were all splashed liberally across eyes, lips and cheeks, clocking up thousands of catwalk miles in a way that would have made Barbie proud. The only rule? Pair these punchiest of pinks with low-key and youthful looking skin to guarantee a very modern finish.
The secret to achieving this complexion lies in perfecting, rather than masking it with layers of foundation, concealer and powder. “Use foundation only as needed,” explains makeup maestro Val Garland. “This season skin is ethereal, perfectly blended and faded out – tailored to suit each girl. Keep it minimal so that skin can breathe.”
Pink lips at Prabal Gurung, Issey Miyake, Giles
There’s no denying that sporting hot pink eye-shadow and blusher takes some serious guts, but we insist that you put working a fabulous pink lip at the top of your summer agenda. And make sure you experiment with different shades too. Backstage at Giles, lips were almost a wine-stain pink, at Issey Miyake, lips were inspired by the colour of tulips and at Prabal Gurung, lips were referenced as orchids bursting into flower for a modern take on the trend. Super cool, right?
We're proud to see many ladies in celebsville have been doing their catwalk research too. We’ve never seen such an army of pink-mouthed beauties, with everyone from Kate Bosworth and Michelle Williams to Blake Lively and Kirsten Dunst working various versions of our current favourite hue. Just check them out in the gallery above.
Grazia's favourite pink products
Grazia Beauty Editor Lauren Murdoch Smith adds: “Pink lips make an amazing statement, but there are a few points to bear in mind...
1. A well-conditioned mouth is a must – dry patches or peeling skin can ruin the look.
2. Be sure to remember that those with more tanned or olive skin can get away with paler, chalkier tones, while the paler among us should stick to deeper pinks that contain a touch of blue.
3. Keep it matte to keep it modern – pink sticky glosses can turn the whole thing a tad too teenage.
We're off to perfect ours now! Are you?