Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Romantic Rose Makeup Picks

I don't know why exactly rose-toned makeup looks are considered 'romantic', but it's a thing and I'm rolling with it. Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and it's as good a reason as any to share my top pinky makeup picks.

Before I get into it, I feel I should mention I'm not a very 'pink person'. I don't wear pink clothes or buy pink things, and you'll never catch me wearing a Barbie-pink lipstick. Pinky nudes? Yes. Bright pinks/baby pinks/any other kind of super girly pink? Not my thing. This post will be entirely focused on the more neutral, muted, rose end of the pink spectrum.

MAC Powder Blush in 'Blushbaby' (£19.50)
Let's start with a neutral, muted, rose-coloured product I've already raved about multiple times: MAC's 'Blushbaby'. Its subdued tone and sheer formula make it perfect for imparting a natural-looking rosy flush. Everyone should have a blush like this in their makeup collection.

Jouer Powder Highlighter in 'Rose Quartz' (£19.00)
Jouer gets a mental slow clap (the impressed kind) for making a pink highlighter I actually like. I never like pink highlighters! 'Rose Quartz' is a warm champagne-pink as opposed to your typical icy pink highlighter - much more flattering on my skin tone and, I think, more inclined to flatter a wider range of skin tones than its cooler alternatives. I've swatched it heavily below for the sake of displaying the undertone, and you can see its rosiness is actually very subtle. Its sheen, on the other hand, is intense. This is one to reach for when you really want your cheeks to gleam.

You think rosy eyeshadow, you think Naked 3, right? A palette this girly-looking should never have appealed to me, but it's actually more versatile than it looks at first glance. The first half is all about those soft, pretty pinks, while the second half contains a great selection of smoky taupes and purples - each side lending itself to a different kind of date night makeup look. A perfect pick for Valentine's Day!

NARS Sheer Lipstick in 'Dolce Vita' (£21)
If low-maintenance lips are your thing, this easy-to-wear pick from NARS may be up your street. It's a sheer and sheeny my-lips-but-rosier kind of shade - very soft and subtle. Not the most long-wearing, but it'll fade into your natural lip colour in a way that means you don't have to worry about tidying up or topping up if you'd rather not bother.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in 'Sultry' (£7.99)
Most times I feel like rocking a rose lip, I'll go for something like Revlon's 'Sultry' - a dusky, slightly brown-toned rose. This one's great for when you want something deeper and more glamorous than a nude/everyday shade, but not quite as bold as a red or vampy shade. And the Matte Balm formula is the kind most lipstick-lovers are bound to get along with - more satin than matte, and definitely creamy enough to qualify as balm-like.

What are your favourite rose-toned makeup products?
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