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My kind of pink

I don’t know about you, but I find pink makeup really quite tricky to work with. Although I’m often drawn to pale pink lipsticks (they’re just so pretty to look at) I usually find that when I try them at home they end up washing me out and slightly brighter Barbie pinks just don’t suit me. I’ve found that I can wear peachy pinks (most people can) but I tend to think of them as spring / summer shades, so what’s a girl to do for autumn / winter? Well luckily I’ve found my kind of pink and it’s what I tend to call ‘dusky pink.’

To me a ‘dusky pink’ is a slightly brown toned pink. It’s quite a subtle shade that I think is particularly well suited to paler ladies like myself. I find it so easy to wear as a lipstick or blush, paired with all sorts of eye shadows from neutral browns to shimmery golds. I also think it’d look great with a grey / silver smoky eye, though as I’ve mentioned numerous times, I’m still yet to master that look without the black eye effect.

Below I’ve shared three of my favourite ‘dusky pinks’ -  the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in Rose Tweed (which I recently featured in my autumn lipsticks post), the Bourjois cream blush in Sweet Cherry and finally Essie Eternal Optimist (which I gushed about in this post).

I’d say that these are some of my most ‘reached for’ products, especially at the moment where the peachy pinks in my makeup collection have taken a backseat. I’ve also discovered that the Bourjois cream blush in Sweet Cherry doubles up as a great pink lip shade and offers a powdery ‘sixties’ style finish.

What’s your favourite kind of pink shade to wear?


  1. I'm the same as you with pinks, so tend to sway more towards reds and plums. Perhaps I should take a look at more dusky pinks :)

    Style Sunrise ☀


    1. Plum is a lovely shade too! If you're not too fond of pink pinks, I think you'll like dusky pinks more! xo

  2. Great picks! I especially love the Bourjois cream blush - dusky pinks are a perfect Autumn alternative :) xx

    Jasmine // Magpie Jasmine

    1. Thanks Jasmine! The Bourjois cream blushes are gorgeous and very reasonably priced. xo

  3. Love this post! I agree with the dusty pinks!

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty