Looking around the spring and summer runways, I haven’t seen such pretty Easter egg colors since’¦wait for it’¦Easter. I’m not talking about the bold colors in fabric and accessory choices. I mean all eyes are on colorful eyes and lips. We already know how much I’m obsessed with the orange lipstick. But all these eyeshadows in lovely romantic pastel picks (both neutral and bold) make me giddy. How feminine and playful.
Until I tried it. I looked playful in a way that my daughter does after plopping her five-year-old butt down in front of the mirror in her room for dress up time. Pastels are everywhere. And since I lived through the ‘80s and did the tragic the colorblocking that decade told me to do, I needed some attentive help in pastel placement.
Don’t be color shy. Soft pastels are an easy way to make color more wearable. MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Educator, Jen Evans, shared her pro tips with me for adding a subtle pop of color to your lids. Use this simple four-step eye technique to create an eye-opening and brightening look.
Step 1: Apply a nude eye shadow from the upper lash line to the crease.
Step 2: Using an eye shadow brush sweep your favorite pastel eye shadow from the inner to outer corner of the eye, extending just above the crease while leaving the outer corner open.
Step 3 (optional): Apply a pop of pastel to the outer corner of the lower lash line for a more colorful, playful pop.
Step 4: Apply two coats of your favorite mascara. Sometimes brown is more subtle and won’t mess with the soft colors as much as black.
A few of my favorites this season:
Dolce & Gabbana’s new Bouquet Colour – a brand new four-shadow palette of lime green pale pink, robin’s eye blue and pastel purple
MUFE’s Cotton Candy eyeshadow ‘ a lovely pink shown above
Laura Mercier’s Sheer CrÃ¨me Eye Colour in aqua pastel – it doesn’t get more pastel then a wash of this light blue; all in mauve pastel and gray pastel
Here are a few other tips from Evans…
Q: Is there a trick to mixing pastels?
A: “When mixing any colors, it’s important to refer to color theory and mix colors that blend well together or complement each other. For example, pastel green on the eyes pairs well with pastel coral on the lips. For a softer look, try pastel purple on the eyes with pastel pink on the lips. Just avoid putting too many pastel colors together. Pastels are meant to be soft and complementary. Too many colors in one look may compete and be distracting.”
Q: Is it best to stick with just one?
A: “If you want to achieve a natural, minimalist look, using one pastel color works well. I find when using one color of pastel, it’s nice to choose a color that brings out your eye color, or looks incredible on your lips.”
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.
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