You know the color. It started out as a more subdued version of the iconic “Barbie pink” without the blue undertones. It’s morphed of late into an androgynous blush, a balance between practical and playful. The hue, dubbed Millennial Pink, has managed to remain popular for years in the fickle world of fashion.
The hue’s name may make Boomers’ faces turn a similar shade of pink, especially if they are fans, but there’s no need to blush. This is a calming color, flattering on just about everyone, generation identification be damned. To help you rock the tint du jour, I went to two beauty experts (and Millennial Pink fangirls) for tips and picks.
Choose to Pop
Sarah Bland, celebrity manicurist and Smith & Cult Beauty Ambassador, said her favorite MP for nails is Smith & Cult’s Nailed Lacquer in Pillow Pie ($18; neimanmarcus.com, saksfifthavenue.com, smithandcult.com). It’s insanely pretty as well as versatile. “You can use one coat for a simple look or two for more impact,” explained Bland.
For those who usually consider pink nails a bit too tweeny, Bland suggested trying a more neutral MP such as Smith & Cult’s 1972. “It is the perfect rose gold [that nearly-as-hot cousin of Millennial Pink] and looks amazing on every skin tone,” she said. Another way to ease into the trend is by opting for a reverse French manicure with MP polish on the tips. It’s a fresh, modern look for summer.
Look outside the MP box
Ashlee Glazer, celebrity makeup artist and also a Smith & Cult Beauty Ambassador, frequently uses MP eye, lip and cheek products on clients. Her go-tos hit on different MP notes: Tom Ford blush in Wicked ($60; TomFord.com); MAC eyeshadow in Swish ($16; maccosmetics.com); and Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stained Flatte in Lovesucker ($24; neimanmarcus.com, saksfifthavenue.com, smithandcult.com). Wicked is a clear, rosy-pink shade that layers beautifully, which allows her to go as glam as her clients’ heart desires. Swish, meanwhile, has a hint of shimmer to up the sophistication factor. And Lovesucker is an anywhere-anytime mauve that, though a gloss, will stay put through a wine night with friends.
Try a timely trick
Glazer takes a creative approach on clients in their 20s. She uses MP lipstick as an “all-over formula,” applying it to eyes, cheeks and lips. Glazer recommended that older women who want to try the trend “look for powders or creams, but choose shimmer for one product” for a touch of glow. And what else for ladies in their 30s and beyond? “Be bolder with blush. And using lipstick as a stain is young and fresh,” Glazer noted. She added that a berry lipstick is a popular pick for those who are attracted to pink as a color but lean towards an edgier makeup look. Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Astral Punch 03 ($22; Sephora) hits the right dramatic note with zero drying.