Beauty: Spring’s need-to-know trend and how to wear it




With monochrome pink makeup continuing to dominate the red carpet, the Barbie effect is going nowhere fast. Alice Ryan finds pink products to suit all ages, skins and styles

Monochrome pink makeup is this year's must-have
Monochrome pink makeup is this year's must-have
Palette London Nail Paint - Candyfloss
Palette London Nail Paint - Candyfloss

Palette London Nail Paint in Candyfloss, £8, palettelondon.com
If you’re new to this brand, here are the headlines: vegan, plant-based, nasty-free and clinically proven to strengthen your nails during wear - thanks to the secret ‘Super 3’ ingredients - Palette polishes are also brilliantly shiny and come in the prettiest colours. New for spring, part of the pastel Watercolour collection, is Candyfloss: the perfect blossomy pink.

Hourglass Scattered Light - Aura
Hourglass Scattered Light - Aura

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Aura, £28, hourglasscosmetics.co.uk
Pink eyeshadow is divisive: some people love it, others fear it makes them look like they’ve been sobbing in the shower. If you fall into the latter category, then this soft, sultry, grown-up shade of pink is perfect. Regular readers will know how highly I rate Hourglass Scattered Light shadows: the hybrid powder/cream formula, infused with light-bouncing pearl, is a cinch to apply, a pleasure to wear and delivers the perfect level of shimmer.

Ere Perez Beetroot Tint - Fun
Ere Perez Beetroot Tint - Fun

Ere Perez Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint in Fun, £28, Pure Source, Bridge Street, Cambridge and puresourceonline.com
Clean and green beauty brands don’t come better than Australia’s Ere Perez. All its formulas put botanicals centre stage - in this case beetroot, which is loaded not only with vibrant pigment, but also with skin-caring vitamins and minerals. The tint is multi-purpose, but I like it best as a lip stain; a single swipe of Fun, a punchy hot pink, delivers colour that’s both high-impact and seriously long-lasting.

House of Colour Lipshine - Sheer Dragon Fruit
House of Colour Lipshine - Sheer Dragon Fruit

House of Colour Lipshine in Sheer Dragon Fruit, £22.86, shop.houseofcolour.co.uk
Super-shiny ‘glass’ finishes are trending for everything from nails to skin - and this Lipshine, sheer and suffused with microfine sparkles, gives lips unrivalled gloss. Like all House of Colour Lipshines, it also doses lips with Vitamin E, loved for its ability to hydrate, smooth, plump and protect. Dragon Fruit is a coral-ish pink which makes me think summery thoughts. . . It’s just lovely.

Ciate London Dewy Blush - Watermelon
Ciate London Dewy Blush - Watermelon

Ciate London Dewy Blush in Watermelon, £19.00, lookfantastic.com
Blush remains massive for spring/summer - quite literally, with both temple-down draping and exaggerated ‘doll’ cheeks filtering fast from the catwalk. Whatever your blush style, this gel-balm is a winner: it applies beautifully with the tap of a fingertip; it layers well, should you want to build colour; it’s soft and light on the skin; plus the finish is deliciously dewy, ticking another trend box, thanks to hydrating extracts of dragon fruit and yuzu.

Lottie London Twisted Heart
Lottie London Twisted Heart

Lottie London Twisted Heart Love Glaze Lip Gloss & Tint Duo, £6.95, lottie.london
The latest Lottie London product to go viral, the Twisted Heart is a lip tint, a lip gloss and a fidget toy in one - hinged in the middle, you can flick it from heart to cylinder and back to your heart’s content. Don’t go thinking it’s just a gimmick, though: the tint, billed as a dupe for Benefit’s iconic Benetint, is a lovely rose pink and impressively pigmented, while the gloss delivers high-shine and a fruity fragrance. An absolute snip for £6.95.

Ellis Brooklyn - Florist
Ellis Brooklyn - Florist

Ellis Brooklyn Florist Eau De Parfum, from £32 for 10ml, Space NK, Trinity Street, Cambridge and spacenk.com
If a fragrance can be said to capture a colour, then Ellis Brooklyn’s Florist EDP is pink in a bottle: a literal bouquet of fresh florals, it layers bergamot, lily of the valley, tuberose, gardenia, jasmine. . . Founded by former New York Times beauty columnist Bee Shapiro, Ellis Brooklyn is lauded for its clean, cruelty-free and vegan formulas, sustainable practices and genderless scents - and it’s now available at Space NK.


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