I find myself drawn to a certain colour palette this fall. Warm, fleshy colours – pinks and reds that look as if they’ve been matched to cuts of meat.
They’re visceral, but strangely romantic at the same time. A little gross, but also kind of pretty. Still with me? Here’s a tendency – butcher shop colour schemes. I’d include colours like burgundy, fig, salmon, oxblood, and that ubiquitous “millenial pink” in this category. Very literally the colours you’d find on a raw pork chop or inside an extra-rare steak.
Pixi Rose Caviar Essence
Anything pink and rosy is very on-trend, and Pixi appeals to both your eyes and your nose with this hydrating gel. It’s got a kind of ombré effect with little pink beads of oil dispersed throughout, all in this shade of pink that manages to evoke both roses and flesh. How romantic.
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Rouge Noir
A classic shade in every way, Rouge Noir is that deep, dark colour that just looks completely vampiric. If you grew up reading Anne Rice novels, this colour is just the shade of gothic romance to wear when darkness falls and you rise from your coffin for a night of feasting on mortal blood.
H&M Nail Polish in Sweet Talk
This shade of nail polish reminds me of the inside of a fig in colour – warm, sweet, and rich. It’s a modern red that isn’t too sophisticated or too cutesy. The formula isn’t bad at all, and will still look cute after you’re done eating.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
If you want your face to look like a raw steak, this is your best bet. This bright red at-home peel looks like horror movie stage blood, and makes for some pretty legendary selfies. While you’re posing for instagram, this mask claims to eat away that pesky dead skin to allow your true form to burst forth from its human shell.
Rituel de Fille Crème Colour Pigment in Lovesick
A cream blush that I recently reviewed – it melts into the skin, and looks wonderful on cheeks as well as the eyes. The colour is a downright meaty pink that brings out your inner beauty – literally.
OSKIA Renaissance Mask
This mask is sister to one of my favourite cleansers (which, incidentally, is also pink) and has that millennial pink colour we all know and love. A lactic acid and enzyme peel in balm form, this mask promises to slough away dead skin and make you look bright and sanguine, like you’ve had your fill of innocent souls.
NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Oxblood
I can’t stop myself from buying every red eyeliner I can get my hands on, and this was a no-brainer. The colour is truly blood red that just does something magical when worn on your waterline, especially around the inner and outer corners of the eye. Has she been crying blood?
Header image: “The Joint of Meat” by Claude Monet