How did it go? | Glossy, pink-grapefruit look…on my *face!*

As I raise my umbrella to fend off the freezing rain, it’s a little hard to believe that spring is almost upon us. But the days are getting longer, and the light is getting brighter–and that’s when my yearning for sweet pops of moisturizing color gets too strong to ignore!

For this pink-grapefruit-inspired look, I chose a peachy-pinky-bronze bonne mine powder for cheeks, a shimmery warm pink with a soft, warm-brown contour shade for eyes, and a bright pink lipstick to form a base stain for lips, with a pinky-orange gloss stick over the top.

Here’s the product set I brought together for this soft, early-spring look:

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.

And here’s how it turned out on my face! This version of the look includes all the products, including the Chanel lippy as a pretty strong base stain:

The look with the pink lippy forming a base stain.

The look with the pink lippy forming a base stain.

So, I thought this was…okaaaaay…but I think I underestimated the pink component of the overlying Bourjois gloss stick. The gloss was more pink and less orange than I remembered, so the lip in this case came out looking pretty red. Since I hadn’t really been thinking along those lines, all the rest of my makeup was balanced to the pink side, and I hadn’t been really maniacal about neutralizing all the underlying redness in my skin….so basically, I think that I look a bit tired and perhaps a bit rabbit-y here. Not a  total tragedy, just not what I had in mind.

I tweaked the lip slightly by removing the underlying stain and using the bright gloss pencil on its own:

The look with just the Bourjois gloss stick; no underlying pink-lipstick stain.

The look with just the Bourjois gloss stick; no underlying pink-lipstick stain.

And a quick shot so you can see the lids–super simple:

Photo on 3-1-15 at 12.14 PM #10

It is plenty pink enough on its own, as you see! It’s much redder than I remembered it. I do really like this pencil (you can see in pics that the one I have is looking pretty worn!), so I think the main lesson here is to be sure to neutralize facial redness when wearing it.   I’m lookin’ pretty pink all over, but it’s a pink-grapefruit look, so I’m just going to say that was intentional. 🙂

Taking down the underlying pink stain did help matters, I think, but the idea of using a bright lipstick to stain and then applying a complementary gloss stick still intrigues me–I’m going to play more with layering this spring! For the next look in this citrus-inspired series, I’m planning to explore a vintage-inspired look with a satiny, zesty orange lipstick. There’s something really fun and modern about a traditional lipstick finish in a fresh, modern color. So I’ll look forward to sharing that look with you very soon! In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely day.

xo bunikins@mua

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