Pale pink no longer feels juvenile and overtly sweet.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Bali? Hillary’s chic pantsuits? Your 10th grade science notebook? KK, maybe not the last one, but the point is—the urge to change something in your life can manifest in numerous ways. Last week I found it in associate beauty editor Victoria DiPlacido’s Glossier makeup bag, which is essentially blush-hued bubble wrap with a Ziploc seal (and sold as packs of three for $12, if you’re interested). The day after I spied the “bag”, I was coveted ELLE Quebec beauty director Angelique Martel’s glossy pink squoval (square/oval) nails. At fashion month, it was everywhere. I needed this colour in my life. The colour might be classified as 'Millennial Pink', which The Cut calls “ironic pink, pink without the sugary prettiness.”
I took the idea to Leeanne Colley, owner of Tips Nail Bar in Toronto. “So a really natural nail with a pink tinge?”, Colley said. Yes, but I wanted it to appear both milky and sheer. Not confusing at all I’m sure. She got to task by mixing shades in her mind (she’s been known to custom mix colours for clients) and immediately suggested CND’s Romantique layered with a coat of CND Clearly Pink. “It will almost look like a jelly, but with a bit more coverage.”
When I settled into my chair at Tips, Colley greeted me with a handful of super pale, muted and and dirty pinks (shoutout to Behati and Adam’s new baby girl Dusty Pink). Colley had painted CDN Blush Teddy on her left thumb nail, and while we experimented with a few other options—that became the clear winner. The finish was extremely glossy (due to some shimmer ground to an extremely fine size) and sheer enough that I could see the white tip of my nail.
Millennial Pink FTW.