Playful yet powerful: time to think pink


Find a deep fuchsia lipstick for impact. Plus, Pat McGrath eye shadow and what to look out for this week

Never mind finding the perfect red, try finding a decent pink. No, I don’t mean its froufrou comrades; there are millions of those, they have their place, but it’s not here. This isn’t about the baby pink, purplish or even reddish imposters, it’s about a rich fuchsia pink. Chanel’s SS19 take nailed it for three reasons: it works on every skin tone; it’s more playful than a traditional red but with just as much clout; and the impact is so effective that you barely have to do anything else with the rest of your face. Well, sort of…

I can’t do without… The world’s best makeup artist’s eye shadows

Ordinarily I wouldn’t make a beeline for eye shadows. I admire a good eye game on other women, but I don’t have the patience to perfect the application process. This means I end up with a look that disintegrates as the day goes on. However, even I find this palette irresistible. Now here’s the rub. It costs £115 (try not to choke on your outrage) and here’s the reason why: this heavyweight – it weighs a ton – is by an industry heavyweight, Pat McGrath. She is easily the biggest and most influential makeup artist in the world – one of the very few whose work actually creates trends.

So this launch is a big deal. Now to the actual product. Most palettes throw in duff colours many will never wear. This, however, has super universal shades – browns, bronzes, deep aubergine – wearable on every skintone. There are more experimental colours – an intense bronzy orange – but it’s still workable. The biggest draws, however, lie with the pigment and formulation. Pat herself tried these colours on me and, wow. Remarkable colour payoff means you only need a teeny bit (so it’ll be a while before you hit pan) and it does not budge. So, when you’re about to purchase a single, lesser-quality eye shadow for £20, keep all the above in mind and do the maths.

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