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Fuchsia Flush

Pink has long been the standby color for little girls, with rooms overloaded in hues of the frilly color — walls, sheets, dresses and bows. This spring, however, pink is all grown up.

Designers are using the color everywhere, from makeup to nail polish and handbags. One caveat: While pink is in, head-to-toe pink is not. Use your rosy shades sparingly, more as a splash of color than matchy-matchy.

Even if you’re not into the girlish shade, consider taking baby steps and you might be a convert. Lippmann Collection produces a fantastic fuchsia called Pop Life that dresses up your toes for the current sandal-climate. No matter what people tell you, they do notice your toes. It’s a small luxury, but well worth it.

Next step, move upward to the face. Shu Uemura’s Pink Collection of nine new rouges and five new glosses uses a unique pink hybrid pigment, which delivers pure pink perfection. No matter which rouge you choose, Shu will deliver a clean and fresh look.

Finally, punch up your ensemble with a pink handbag. Note: The old-fashioned (and outdated) rule of matching handbag to shoe especially doesn’t apply here. The safest bet is to go with a neutral shoe (navies, blacks, browns, grays) to let the pink make the pop. Lauren Merkin has crafted a fuchsia tile-embossed lambskin clutch named “Lucy” and a hot-pink glitter linen tote, “Cassie.” Both are great additions to your bag collection — for day or night use, respectively.