Spring & Summer Make-Up Trend: Red, Orange and Pink

Make-up trends and I have a mixed relationship. Sometimes I am all over trends, other times I do not understand how it is a trend and do not take part in it. This autumn/winter, a major fashion trend was red.  Now we are entering spring/summer, red is still around but more so in beauty alongside oranges and pinks. Previously, I would only ever wear these shades in lipstick or nail polish and only peachy or dusty pink blushes. However, recently I have noticed that there is more of a mixture of make-up products that feature these colours, and that I actually like.

Spring & Summer Make-Up Trend: Red, Orange and Pink - Life Of A Beauty Nerd
As I mentioned, the main appearance of these colours in my make-up life is in lipstick and nail polish. Especially red. Red is such a classic colour, it is a shade that I think looks good on everyone. My favourite classic reds in my collection are Essie Nail Lacquer in Fifth Avenue, and of course the ultimate red lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo.

I've been wearing both of these for years, and even though I have other red lipsticks and nail polishes, I will always come back to these two. Recently, the only other red lipstick that I have been wearing that is not Ruby Woo, its the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Don't Stop. That's all I will say about that. We all know how I feel about these liquid lipsticks.

When I first got into make-up, I used to have a whole rainbow selection of Barry M Dazzle Dusts including the matte red. I have no idea why I had it. I don't think I ever used it. With the launch of the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette last year, I have been wearing more red tones. The palette contains
three red-tones: He Devil, Dirty Talk and Scorched.

I guess that for me, it is about red-tones, not necessarily just red eyeshadow. 

Now this is a little misleading. There is not actually any orange make-up in this post. By that I mean proper orange. The main source of orange-tones in this post are from the Naked Heat. I love this palette so much and I think the terracottas and copper shades are my favourites and most worn.

Now I wasn't sure whether to include this as I guess it isn't really orange. It's the Barry M Dazzle Dust in Bronze. I have rediscovered this recently and I had completely forgotten how gorgeous it looks on the eyes. It does have a slight orange tone to it - let me know in the comments whether you would consider this an orange tone. 

On myself, I have found orange lipsticks can look a little strange. I'm not really sure why. However, I was given one of the NYX Professional Make-Up Soft Matte Lip Cream Vaults as a gift and my lipstick collection has exploded because of this. There are so many shades I have not tried and this orange shade Dallas is one of the shades I want to try. I think the SMLC are a great drugstore liquid lipstick.

I have a mixed relationship with the colour pink. I love my very pale pink coat, I love red-pink lipsticks but true pink, it definitely a colour I would stay away from.

My favourite pink make-up product that I own is the Topshop lipstick in All About Me which I am not sure if it still available still. It is a gorgeous bright red-pink which applies really nicely but has a great long-lasting matte finish. The other 'pink' lipsticks I will wear are definitely more on the nude end (for my skin-tone). Of course, this includes the Powermatte in American Woman, and also the L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paint Matte in Hollywood Beige.

In the spring and summer, I do like wearing shades of pink nail polish. Mostly corals. Last summer, my two most worn pink nail polishes (which were both corals) were Essie Nail Lacquer in Cute As A Button and the O.P.I Nail Polish in Bright Lights - Big Color. The main difference is the O.P.I shade has gold shimmer running through it. 

They both look gorgeous on the nails during the summer months.

Most of the blushes I own are pink but as I use them all year round, it doesn't really feel like a trend. I have included Benefit GALifornia as the main representation. However, there is one other blusher up there. In my most recent Birchbox, I received the LACA & Co. B'Lighter Blush & Highlighter. It is a cream blush, there's no way I would use this as a highlighter - far too pink. So far, its not too bad. It is easier to blend with a brush, and if it feels too much, it was easy to tone down.

These are the make-up products that I plan on wearing this spring and summer to explore this red, pink and orange colour trend! How do you feel about make-up trends?

Ellyn xx

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  1. I absolutely LOVE wearing oranges in the Spring and Summer! I have the Naked Heat too, and wear it all the freaking time! Definitely my favourite and most worn palette too! xx


    1. Now I can't imagine how I lived without it!

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  2. All of these products sound amazing. I haven't tried the Nars Powermatte liquid lipsticks yet but the colour selection is beautiful (and can we just take a minute for the packaging too?!) Also I really need to get the naked heat! The shades are so me! I don't know why it's taken me so long to jump on that bandwagon!


    1. You really should try the Powermattes! If I could, I would happily own the entire collection! I've used the Naked Heat palette so much since I got it, it is definitely worth the money.

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  3. I have been eyeing the naked head palette for a while now. I might just have to splurge and get it! I really love the colors and it seems like it's going to work with all the new products this spring.

    1. It is totally worth it! Or you could tryout the mini Heat palette first as a trial!

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd


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