Citrus Zest | Glossy, pink-grapefruit lips for spring

March 1 is the first day of meteorological spring in my neck of the woods, to which I can only say: Yay!

As the daylight grows brighter, I feel a hunger for citrus–juicy citrus fruit to eat and juicy citrus shades to wear in my makeup. This week, I thought I would explore a couple of citrusy shades with you, starting with that very flattering and easy-to-wear citrus shade: pink grapefruit.

It’s always so gratifying to slice through the rosy-orange rind of a pink grapefruit to reveal that glistening, pinky-orange-red flesh. For today’s look, I wanted to bring together a soft, shimmering wash of warm pink over the lids with a glowy, peachy-pinky-bronzey bonne mine cheek color and glossy, pink-grapefruit colored lips. These bright, citrusy, warmed pinks feel so right to me this time of year, when more golden bronzes might seem out of place, but winter-pale skin is crying out for healthy washes of color.

For this look, I brought together a few of my very favorite products and shades. For the eyes, I chose a shimmery shell-pink Laura Mercier shadow for lids, a warm-brown Clarins shadow to define the crease, and one of my favorite eyeliners of all time–the warm, reddish-brown MAC Teddy–to define the lash line. For the cheeks, a multi-colored Guerlain powder. And for the lips, I thought I would layer a glossy pink-orange Bourjois pencil over a vibrant, warm-pink lipstick.

Clockwise from the far left: Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder; Laura Mercier eyeshadow single in Crystal Beige; Clarins eyeshadow pot in Earth; Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L'Exuberante; MAC eyeliner pencil in Teddy.

Clockwise from the far left: Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder; Laura Mercier eyeshadow single in Crystal Beige; Clarins eyeshadow pot in Earth; Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Exuberante; MAC eyeliner pencil in Teddy.

I debated for quite a while over what shade of pink eyeshadow would suit the look best. In the end, I went with a soft, warm mid-tone pink, rather than a pale, icy pink or a cooler pink. I think the contrast of a cooler pink might’ve been interesting, but this time around, I decided to go for a more harmonious eye/cheek/lip combination. It would be perfectly nice to simply dust a bit of the bonne mine powder across the lids to define a bit, rather than going for more elaborate contouring with shadows. Finished with a bit of mascara, the look in that case would be relaxed and casual, but still put together, I think.

I wear variations of this look every spring, but adding the strong lipstick to the mix is new for me. I plan to use the lipstick to stain the lips before layering on the glossy pencil.  This may lead to a stronger lip look than I really want in the end, but I’m trying to do a bit more layering of shades and textures this spring–simply because it’s fun! An alternative to layering a glossy orange shade over pink would be to layer a sheer pink gloss over an opaque orange lippy. I’m sure it’ll take a little experimentation to get to combinations that work.

In the meantime, that’s the product set for the radiant, pink-grapefruit spring look. I’m looking forward to showing you how it turned out when I wore it very soon! In the meantime, I wish you all a very lovely day.

xo bunikins@mua

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