Happy National Pink Day! Adored by everyone from Katy Perry (it’s her signature lip color) to Jared Leto – remember his pink mohawk, long before his current Jesus-hair status? – the color is a mainstay in beauty collections.
When red just seems a bit daunting and you’re not quite ready to turn to purple, pink is always there to help you amp it up.
Dye Your Hair
P!nk and Gwen Stefani have been flirting with pink hair for years, and even though Nicki Minaj has been showing her softer side lately, a hot pink wig is still synonymous with her name. To try it without the commitment, look into hair chalking – head to any art store and pick up some soft pastel chalk in any shade of pink. If your hair is naturally dark, you’ll want to go for deeper shades of pink like magenta or fuchsia.
Alternatively, you can pick up Graftobian’s Fluorescent Pink Hair Spray, which is just like what it sounds like: a spray that will deliver fluorescent pink pigment to your hair. Both of these options will rinse out as soon as you wash your hair.
If you want something a little more permanent, pick up a tube of Ion’s Color Brilliance in Magenta or Rose. The demi-permanent die will take immediately to naturally blond or pre-lightened hair; on darker shades, it offers soft highlights. Depending on how often you wash your hair, it can last up to a month.
Get a Manicure
Obviously a no-brainer, pink nail polish is a mainstay of most lacquer collections.
There’s a million shades out there to pick from, but we love the two shades from NCLA’s Los Angeles Collection: Beverly Hills Bunny, a deep pink crème, and Like Totally Valley Girl, a soft cotton pink crème shade that is reminiscent of an LA summer sunset.
There’s something just so perfectly feminine about pink lips. As with pink nail polish, there are so many different options to go.
We say ditch the pale, natural pinks for any other typical day and go neon for National Pink Day. For a super-intense matte look, try OCC’s Lip Tar in Anime, a neon pink that can be seen from miles around.
For a more traditional lip offering, MAC Cosmetics “Impassioned” is a classic: the creamy hot pink shade is a fun, feminine shade that looks good on everyone.
There’s no getting around it: pink eye makeup can be tough to wear. If you go too pale, it disappears; pick the wrong shade and you risk looking sickly. That being said, if you want to use pink in your eye look, you need to channel your inner Jem and go bright and bold.
Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in “Woodstock” is a shimmery, iridescent deep fuschia shade that can instantly glamorize a winged liner.
For more of a smudgy rocker look, smear Ardency Inn’s Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in “Hot Pink” all over your lid. Mix it with a little black if you like: it’s an updated twist on a classic look.