Sure, red lipsticks elevate a woman’s look, but there’s something about pink that draws attention in the most delicate of ways. If red spells sexy, pink is all about subtlety!

Have I mentioned that pale pink lippies are this season’s new neutral? Just last week in Tokyo, the chameleonic Rihanna softened up an edgy look with a sweet pink lip:

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I love how model du jour Gigi Hadid opted for a pale pink with a little frost in it, resulting in an overall monochromatic makeup look.

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For a recording session, Taylor Swift (pictured here with Jack Antonoff of Fun), skipped her usual crimson lip in favor of a just-pinched pucker.

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On the other hand, the gorgeous Jessica Alba delved a little deeper into the pink spectrum to complement her golden skin tone!

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Scandal’s ultimate stylephile Kerry Washington went really pale, which surprised me in a good way. Just the barest lick of sheer pink for her pucker:


Unlike the usual flesh tones copped by most nude lipsticks, pale to medium pinks add a dash of color while still muting the natural red or mauve tone of your lips. So they do exactly what nudes do—but better. Also, FYI, they work well with the natural olive-bronze skin tones of plenty of Filipinas, especially if your complexion is still showing the remnants of your last beach trip.

Here’s teen queen Kathryn Bernardo on the cover of this month’s Sense & Style:


The adorable Jane Oineza went for a freesia hue to go with those amazing eyebrows:


Liz Uy matched her barely-there pink lips with a graphic cat-eye:

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And then, of course, there’s Anne Curtis, who went ultra-femme with this fleshy pink shade:

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Right now, here are some of my favorite light pink hues for this endless summer season!
Check out Lioele’s Dollish Lipstick in Flower Pink, a Korean lippie I just discovered. In the tube, it might seem overwhelmingly strawberry pink, but it actually slicks on sheer. Just the kind of formula you want for super hot summer days. You’ll spend: P550 per tube.
Laura Mercier’s Crème Smooth Lip Colour is so creamy, and it’s got that all-day staying power which is such a good investment. The shade I’m wearing, ’60s Pink, packs a little shimmer and lends your lips that added pink plumpness. You’ll splurge: P1,250 per tube.
Finally, here’s Mizon’s Correct Combo Lipstick in Garden Pink—a pale pink with a little orange mixed in. This combination results in a watermelon-like hue that’s oh-so-pretty! Bonus: this formula’s got a fruity scent that makes it extra yummy on the lips. You’ll save: It’s on sale, at P315 per tube.

Selfies courtesy of Lyca Puno-Roa. Celeb photos via Instagram: @badgalriri, @gigihadid, @taylorswift, @jessicaalba, @bernardokath, @janeoineza, @robbiepinera (Anne Curtis). Don’t forget to follow @beautymnl!