In the past, important matters such as “dressing yourself” were subject to didactic and unbreakable rules. Such daring patterns as horizontal stripes were thought to be a sartorial risk. Wearing white after Labour Day was basically playing with fire. And red and pink together? Forget about it!
Well, no longer. Red and pink, worn together, are not only universally accepted as cute, but are super “on trend” right now. There are tons of cool clothes and accessories one can buy to celebrate this unlikely pairing. Alternatively, to pay it homage, you can just use the best accessory that you already have: your face.
The great thing about pinks and reds is that they can be worn on eyes, lips and cheeks. Not only is this cool but it also gives you an opportunity to wear both red and pink at the same time, which is the M.O. of this trend. A soft, baby pink eyeshadow looks beautiful with a deep red lip, for example. A deep, red-toned smokey eye contrasts perfectly with a girly pink blush. I think you see where I’m going with this: basically, the possibilities are endless.
For eyes, the ultimate pink ‘n’ red palette is the Anastasia Modern Renaissance. From soft, cool pinks like Buon Fresco to vibrant fuchsias like Love Letter to the brick tones of Red Ochre; it ticks all the boxes for this trend, with bonus multiple transition and highlight shades. The quality of this palette is also exceptional – every colour is buttery soft and smoothly blendable. It ticks all the boxes.
I’m also a big fan of wearing a lip stain on my eyelids for a subtle watercolour wash. The Bourjois Rouge Laques are perfect for the job. They have subtle sheen but also set down and last. The shade Toute Nude is a wonderful neutral pink that can be unexpectedly understated, while Bloody Berry is a deep yet bright red which looks stunning buffed into the crease. And on the lips, if you’re into following the rules.
If you’re just after one knockout shade, look no further than the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Glistening Garnet. It’s a deep, multidimensional ruby shade, which offers the easiest one-colour smoky eye. It also lasts all day without primer. It’s basically magic.
On cheeks, my top red is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty. In the pan it looks slightly terrifying, but on the cheeks it blends out to a gorgeous and somehow natural flush. For pinks, I suggest the Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Blushes. The shade Obsessed is a super cute, Barbie-ish shade, while Quickie is a deeper, raspberry hue. And for the super pale amongst us, I never miss an opportunity to recommend MAC’s Casual Colour in Lazy Sunday. It’s creamy, dewy, baby pink goodness that looks completely, undeniably, one-hundred-percent cute.
As for lips, there are two ways to go: bold and mate, or smudgy and sheeny. For your bold options, the best red is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red, and the best pink the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong. Both offer full opacity, all day lasting power and a stunning, almost neon-effect shade. No further questions, your honour.
And for the more easy-to-wear option, a recent and much loved discovery has been the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bars. Milk Blurring is a great cherry-popsicle shade, while Dear Pink gives an exceptionally sweet pink-mouth. But the standout for this trend is surely the colour Magenta Muse, which essentially allows you to wear both pink and red, on your lips, at the same time. Truly, the modern world is a marvel.