Yes Virgina – You Can Wear Pink Eyeshadow – and – You Should!

The Spring Equinox is almost upon us and it’s time to bring out the Pink!  With the warmer weather just around the corner, it is time to lighten and brighten.  Bring on the pinks.

I have always worn pink eyeshadow, actually wore it the day I got married, manpink shadow palletty, many years ago.  The big concern is the shade.  The correct shade of pink eyeshadow can enhance your eyes, make your face light up and give a fresh Spring-like look to you.  The wrong shade can make you look tired, drawn and – yes – hungover.  (gads).

For daytime, an easy rule of thumb is to figure lighter is brighter, red looks dead.  Not to say you can’t use the darker shades, I use those for the lash line or in the outer corner, but it is a good idea to keep the darker pinks and reds away from the inner corners unless you want a sick day at work.

pink shadowYes!  This is a universally good way to wear pink on your eyes.  Lighter on the inside corner, darker on the outside.  This will really boost the color of blue and green eyes and will frame brown eyes beautifully.   You can wear this for day or night.  For nighttime date night or a party you can use a deep red or cranberry for the liner and that same color can be washed into the crease.

neon-pink-eyeshadowNo!  This can be a very unfortunate look for your typical daytime look.   This is when people will stay away from you in case you’re contagious.  If you’re headed out for a night on the town, you may want to try this but I do not recommend this for a day look.  If you have darker skin, this will look better, less of a rabbit down the hole look.

One thing to keep in mind is the natural color of your eyelids.  If your eyelids lean towards purple, be sure to use an eyelid primer that keeps your eyelids a shade that is close to your natural skin tone.  I recommend Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials trish mcevoy eye basewhich is a lovely smoothing eye primer or Bare Minerals 5 in1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow.  The Trish McEvoy comes in one shade which is a light-natural shade, about a NC 20.  The Bare Minerals comes in 5 shades at Sephora and bare minerals fivewhile it is called a Cream Eyeshadow – it can be used as a primer and it has BB Cream properties and SPF.  I feel the Trish McEvoy product is smoother, but it does not have any SPF.  MAC Paint Pots work well as a primer and come in more than 20 shades, about 7 can be used as a skin tone primer. These products will help to keep the eyelids a natural color.  Without a primer, a darker eyelid will cause a pink eyeshadow to turn into lavender.

If you’re wearing your pink eyeshadow in the evening and you want to deepen the colormac cranberry, try using a black cream shadow as a base.  MAC’s Paint Pot in Blackground or Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Tuxedo Black work well for this.  MAC’s Cranberry  eye shadow over the top of the black works extremely well for this.  The description for MAC’s Cranberry eyeshadow is “red plum with pink shimmer”, this is mac cranberry swatchvery accurate.  Layer this over a black base for an exceptional evening look.   Use something similar to MAC Sushi (a light pink) on the inner corner of the eye and blend, blend, blend in the middle.  Pat on a bit of bright silver shimmer in the middle for extra glamor.   This will work for Spring right through Summer into Autumn.

A few of my favorite pink eye shadows, ranging from pale to deep are:

Lancome Pink Pearls  (Shimmer Finish)

Lancome Pink Pearls
Lancome Pink Pearls

Makeup Forever Antique Pink 806 (Matte Finish)

Makeup Forever Antique Pink 806
Makeup Forever Antique Pink 806

MAC Pink Venus (Lustre Finish)

MAC Pink Venus
MAC Pink Venus

Chanel Palpitation

Chanel Palpitation
Chanel Palpitation

There are many others; Urban Decay has SWF, Stila has Shell, Bobbi Brown has two new shades; Sweet Pink and Sunrise Pink (both look gorgeous – I have not seen these in person yet), and I am sure there are many others.  Pink is the new taupe, a new neutral.  There is a reason so many cosmetic companies are moving forward with this shade – it works.  It works for all eye colors and all skin tones.  You just need to know if you prefer light or dark, bright or deep.  I say go for it – try it and see if you like it – no better time than now with so many different options, shades, finishes, cream or powder, sparkle or matte.  It’s your choice – and there are so many choices!

If you want to keep the look simple, you swipe the same blush you’re wearing on your cheeks across your eyelids.  You can always use just a blush on your eyelids.  Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick works well for this.  Keep in mind if the color on your lids is predominant, you might want to tone it down on the cheeks and lips.  And, if there is a lot of shimmer and sparkle on the lids, limit the shimmer and sparkle on the face and lips.  You don’t want to remind people of the glitter ball at the disco scene.

I’m going to check out those new Bobbi Brown pink shadows – what are you going to check out?

Does This Match?

I’m not going to talk about shoes, purses or accessories, that would take several weeks and too many pages and it still wouldn’t really encompass enough to cover that subject, no I’m talking about your face.  Yep, your face.  Hey – your face needs to match! If you’re fortunate enough to have a lifestyle that allows you freedom of choice, you’re more bronze goddessthan likely to have choices when applying your makeup.  Sunny Golden Girl today?  Bronze Goddess?  Gothic?  (okay, moderate gothic makeupGothic)?  Whatever your mood, not matter what direction you’re going with your look, your face needs to match.  This can be difficult, but not if you apply a few simple rules.

  1. The first rule is to know if you’re warm, cool or neutral.  Basically, if you look good wearing peaches, corals, golds – you’re a warm toned person.  If you look good in blues, purples, cherry reds, you’re a cool toned person.  If you’re able to wear all of the colors, you’re a neutral person.
  2. The most important rule is to keep the shimmer/sparkle limited to one place on your face.  It can be eyes, cheeks, lips, but not more than one or you begin to look like a glitter ball at a disco joint.
  3. If you’re going to a colorful eye, (and what’s not to love about that) then keep the color in the cheeks and lips to a minimum.  Go for a nude lip (my favorite is Charlotte bitch perfectTilbury’s Bitch Perfect) and a tawny cheek.
  4. If you’re going for the bronze goddess look, or sunny California girl, then keep the rainbows over the eyes to a minimum.  Use coordinating brown, black, gold, even sunset orange colors, but steer clear of the bold greens and blues.  If you want to do a pastel blue, that’s okay with this look but I’d limit the jewel tones.
  5. With the pale waif, moderate Goth or just when your skin is on the pale side, be very careful with the bronzer and contour.  If it’s too dark it can look harsh and a little too Kim K.  Go for the milk chocolate for the bronzer or a caramel bronzer (depending if Chanel Bronzeryou’re cool or warm toned.  I personally love the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base for myself, especially in the winter when I’m a NC 20.  Bobbi Brown makes nice bronzers, they are in a nice matte finish.  Keep it about one or two shades darker than your bobbi brown bronzernatural skin tone.
  6. When going with the pale waif, and the lighter bronzer, keep the blush to a medium pink or medium coral (depending on skin tone).
  7. Use your brighter blushes when your skin tone is darker or you’re using a darker bronzer.  The brighter blushes help keep the bronzer and darker skin from looking muddy.
  8. When you are going for the dark smokey eye, keep the color on the lips to a minimum.  If you want to go with a color on the lips, keep it close to your natural color but you can go a few shades darker.
  9. When you have a nude or neutral eye, brighten up your face with either your blush or your lips but not both.  Nude eyes look great with a bright lip and a lighter blush.
  10. Last Rule – unless it’s the Christmas Holiday Season, never wear green eye shadow when green eyeshadowwearing red clothing.

Now that you’re armed with the rules, it is easy to create a look that is simpatico.  Check the weather, decide what you’re going to wear, where you’re headed and go forth!

However, we all know rules are made to be broken.  Of course it’s okay to go outside of the boundaries now and then, mix it up a little and have fun with your look.