“Think pink!” decreed fashion magazine editor Kay Thompson in the classic 1958 movie Funny Face – and we couldn’t agree more. Pink is the perfect antidote to all that’s “depressing, dismal and deadly” – the January blues, for example, or even the mean reds that so plagued Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
What we want is hot pink – the hotter the better – as sported by our favourite bombshell, Marilyn Monroe, in her iconic Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
So, make like Marilyn and plump for pink. The easiest way to work hot pink is to wear it on your nails (it’s also the best way to cheer yourself up as you’ll notice it all the time – as will everyone you come into contact with).
We love MAC’s Nail Lacquer in Steamy (£8, www.maccosmetics.co.uk) and 17’s Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Pink Grapefruit (£2.79, www.boots.com). And for a darker, bluer hot pink, check out the fabulously named Bungalow Pink Nail Lacquer (£12, www.esteelauder.co.uk) in the Estee Lauder/Michael Kors Very Hollywood collection – along with its matching Lip Sheen (£17) , which would surely have been a favourite of such shocking pink aficionados as 1930s bombshell Fay Wray.
When Beauty Bombshells met Miss Wray 12 years ago, the petite star who had been the object of King Kong’s affection in 1933 may have been 90, but she still insisted on delaying the interview until she had put on her lipstick. And the colour that the still-fabulous looking Fay applied was… you’ve guessed it: hot pink.
Sadly, Fay Wray died in 2004, but if she was still around we’re sure she would have been thrilled by the choice of hot pink lipsticks this season.
Our favourites include Estee Lauder’s Double Wear in Stay Pink (£16.50) and Guerlain’s KissKiss Strass No.321 Rouge Broderie (£20, www.guerlain.com).
So, what are you waiting for? Heed Kay Thompson’s immortal words: “Think pink if you want that quelque chose….”
Check out Kay’s Think Pink song: