With the impending onset of spring comes a renaissance for one of the most audacious shades of pink. A cheeky answer to classic crimsons and subdued roseates, fuchsia denotes a penchant for play, veering from whimsically romantic to cooly graphic depending on application and product. “The key is to use products that are easy to blend,” says makeup artist Samantha Lau, responsible for Grammy Award-winner Dua Lipa’s performance-ready pink, the moment crafted to match her custom Versace ensembles. Pro-tip: For a beauty note that spans era and genre, a thoughtful combination of shimmer and matte is the quickest route.
The Fall 2021 ready-to-wear runways showcased a readiness for all things bold and buoyant—best represented by the pops of fuchsia present throughout. At Versace, Pat McGrath sent shockwaves down spines with a series of electrically colored cat-eyes, a series of hot pink iterations coupling with glossy nude lips to vibrant, irreverent effect. Hélène Vasnier created a coordinated cadre of graphic two-toned shapes at Giambattista Valli, couplings of fuchsias and peonies encircling eyes like painted petals. “I was inspired by pansy flowers; using just a few colors, all matte, but always contrasted with a bright pigment that enhance the look,” says Vasnier, who calls the looks “loud”—an approach that feels right on time after more than a year spent on collective pause. And at Molly Goddard, high-impact diffusions of eye-encasing fuschia—furnished by makeup artist Miranda Joyce—resulted in a rebellious brand of romance.
The colorful trend benefits from its universality. “Fuchsia is quite flattering on a lot of skin tones,” says Lau. “It pops on ivory skin, olive, and golden skin to the deepest, richest skin tones—and it can bring out any eye color, making it brighter.” For those weary of a dramatic application, Lao suggests pulling a thin line of the hue along the base of lashes, anchoring the look with black mascara. But whether you choose to swirl the candied shade over cheeks, swipe across lips, or press into lids, this most striking of pinks is a sure sign of a new season, at least for beauty: one of blossoming, conviviality, and all things splashy.