A swatch of the pink stuff will instantly up your chic levels
While red lipstick will always be an icon, pink lipstick sales are higher than ever.
We can’t help but think this is partly down to Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products, given that she’s the royal fashion and beauty icon of the moment.
After it was revealed the new royal’s go-to shade is Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in pinky-brown Very Victoria, sales of pink lipstick shot up. It’s thought that this was the very lipstick she wore for her official engagement announcement photo call in November last year.
The Spice Girl inspired shade quickly became as popular (if not more so) than the brand’s best seller, Pillow Talk, which is no mean feat.
So, aside from personal preference, how do you go about choosing a pink shade that suits you?
First things first, you need to know your skin’s undertone. The easiest way to find this out is to take a look at your wrist – if the veins show through as blue, you have a cool undertone. If they’re green, you’re warm, and if they’re a bit of both you have a neutral undertone.
Warmer skin tones can pull off shades that are brighter, more orange-based, while cooler skin tones suit blue undertoned lipsticks well.
And if you’re neutral-undertoned, we have some good news: In theory you can pull off just about any lipstick shade under the sun. The lipstick world is your oyster.
But at the end of the day, there are no official rules in the beauty world – if there’s a pink lipstick you’ve got your eye on, you should wear it with pride.
Keep scrolling for the best pink shades of lipstick on the beauty market right now.
Whether you’re looking for a bold statement pink or a subtle nude, there’s a bunch of shades out there for you…
Illamasqua houses just about every weird and wonderful lipstick shade under the sun (including green), and its pink shades are some of our favourites. Climax adds a subtle hint of pink that mimmicks the natural colour of lips, making them look fuller and more defined overall.
Best pink shades: Eurydice & Corrupt
Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Lip Colours are a reasonably recent addition to the brand’s lipstick, promising intense colour with a shiny finish. A slightly dusky, peachy pink, Angel is a must-have for your summer beauty bag.
Best pink shades: Bitten & Baby
Named after François Nars’ favourite women in the world, NARS Audacious lipsticks are some of the best money can buy (we’re on a quest to collect ’em all). Natalie is a true, bright pink that’ll make your pout pop.
Best pink shades: Brigitte & Anna
One of the brand’s best sellers, MAC’s Plumful is a cheerful pinkish plum with blue undertones. You can never have too many MAC lipsticks, am I right?
Best pink shades: Lovelorn & Patisserie
YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture is a legend when it comes to good lipstick lines. Rose Dahlia is the perfect rosy pink if you want an understated but pretty shade.
Best pink shades: Rose Bergamasque & Rose Stiletto
Beauty mogul Charlotte Tilbury knows how to make a good lipstick. Her K.I.S.S.I.N.G. formula is sheer without compromising on colour pay off, and Penelope Pink is a slightly peachy, Mod-ish 60s pink that’s great for summer.
Best pink shades: Coachella Coral & Velvet Underground
Decorté is the brand behind Japan’s best-selling face serum, so you know they know their stuff. Even better news? The make-up is considerably cheaper than the skincare’s hefty price tag. The finish on the Rouge Lipsticks is very matte, but they feel silky soft while you wear it with no dryness whatsoever.
Best pink shades: PK851 & PK 853
Few things are as satisfying as applying a Chanel Lipstick, and La Raffinée is the perfect velvety pink for chanelling your inner French girl.