30 January 2015

How to Pull Off a Barbie Shade of Pink

A new edition to my not-quite-lipstick-not-quite-gloss lot has had attempted to allure me into an application every time the drawer's pulled open and it's rolled in my direction - be it any other time, or shade, I wouldn't hesitate, but I'm not talking my standard nude or bold berry here. The product in question? Lipstick Queen's Liquid Lipstick in Candy; a shade name that speaks for itself and I'd known how this one would turn out before I'd even clicked its switch. And when I eventually did, it wasn't without setting some makeup ground rules in place first to avoid looking all too much like Barbie...



First you've got to get even with your base - if your undertone is pink like me, you'll end up with flushed face overload. The majority of my foundations have a touch of yellow to take that down a notch and on this occasion I went with Bourjois' Happy Light (the brand of the yellow bases) which evens me out and serves up a flawless veil, and with a flawless veil, you can pull pretty much anything off. The whole pink cheeks and lips thing can be done, but I'm not all that brave and so in times like these I reach for the pairs-with-any-pout blush that is Tarte's Amazonian Clay in Exposed; a mauve, cool-plum that brings colour to the face but doesn't clash with what's going on lip wise.

When it comes to eyes, I'm feeling all the neutrals, bronzes and golds - my usual - paired with pink - here I washed Urban Decay's Half Baked on all over and ran Buck through the crease. It keeps me in my comfort zone and I think they work together nicely, but to further add to the definition I angled out a feline flick using Charlotte Tilbury's Quick Fine Line Shodō Pen, a fine nibbed felt tip that's a dream to wing with, before following with lashings of Revlon's Bold Lacquer MascaraSeeing as my natural lip pigmentation leans towards the darker side, I simply swept over with my foundation brush to give me a bit of a base to work on. Application is key, and you're not going to want to go outside the lines, because a smudgy, overdrawn pink pout is not a good look. If I want to lower the key a little, I take my ring finger and pat the product down for a more wearable approach. 

Although I've got a feeling this won't be a regularly sported look, not all is lost, as I now a new found love for LQ Liquid Lipsticks. In true twist-up, brush-tip form, gliding on is made easy, even more so with its non-sticky, nourishing crème formula which delivers the deepest of high-impact pigments - question is, Fuchsia, Coral, or Red next? I think I'll take all three...
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14 comments

  1. This isn't something that I'd EVER think of picking up but it looks wicked on you, Jess! I might have to try a true pink myself.

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  2. This is such a stunning shade and I love the format!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this shade on you! Such a pretty colour. I wouldn't normally pick up this kind of shade as I prefer more of a bright fuschia shade but maybe I should give it a go afterall!

    Paula ♥ | http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

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  4. Me either Nat - but they're slowly growing on me! Ah thanks :-)

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  5. This kind is slowly growing on me ;-)

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  6. Ah thanks! Me too - and I love a good brush-on liquid lipstick ;-)

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  7. Ah me too Paula - I'm working on wearing more shades like these, definitely give it a go ;-)

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  8. Thanks Lauren! Not my usual, but it's growing on me ;-)

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  9. That shade looks amazing on you!

    xprincessjas | ♥

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  10. That colour really suits you! Makes your face look very bright and glowing :)

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

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  11. Ah thanks Jasmine! :-)

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  12. Thanks Kate - I've got a feeling it'll be one I'll be sporting more in the spring/summer :-)

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