Question: What shade of pastel eye makeup is right for me?
Answer: Orange, lavender, lemon, mint, peach and cotton candy. Sounds like a grocery list, right? Wrong. These are just a few of the pastel shades reminiscent of spring that you should be adding to your makeup bag. Sweet sorbet shades can be daunting, considering light shades of makeup can leave you looking washed out. But the best thing about wearing pastel makeup is that it complements most skin tones and can be worn day or night. You may have already discovered that the most flattering way to embrace the pastel trend is with eye shadow—but what you may not know is which shades are appropriate for you. Well, we’re breaking down the soft hues that will make your specific eye color pop:
Brown-eyed ladies, you’re in luck because your eye color is a neutral. You’ll be able to wear a variety of pastel shades since your eyes typically don’t clash with colored eye shadow. Hop aboard the trend in pale pink, robin’s egg blue or mint green shadows using Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Eye Color in peony, peach, or sky. For dark brown or black irises, sweep on Benefit Cosmetics Longwear Powder Shadow in Pause for Applause.
One particular shade stands out the most when it comes to green-eyed peepers: purple. Radiant Orchid is also Pantone’s color of the year this season, so any variant shade of purple such as NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Marie-Galante will play up your eyes. Try pastel mauves or pale lavenders like Illamasqua’s powder eye shadow in Creep.
For hazel-eyed beauties, it depends on what flecks of color you want to bring out in your eyes. To highlight those green tints, opt for pretty violets or pastel lavenders. Brown or golden hues are best complemented with pale green eye shadows such as mint or tea green. But if your hazel eyes are predominantly brown or gold, you can also wear soft pink hues.
Blue-eyed girls should turn to sherbert-inspired colors for inspiration. Since warmer shades are more attractive against the cool tones of your eyes, swap your typical gold and bronze eye shadows for pastel substitutes like peach and orange. Orange is the perfect complementary color—and a touch of eye shadow in tangerine, pearly orange or pearly peach will make those pretty blues stand out.
While not the most common eye color, there’s something very sensual, sultry and a tad mysterious about gray eyes. Because gray eyes have undertones of green, blue, or perhaps a combination of both—pick pale pastel shades that work with this unique combo. Cool shades of light purple or mauve from CoverGirl’s Dance Party 3-Kit shadows are also flattering.
If wearing pastel eye shadow really isn’t your thing, you can still embrace the trend on the lips, your nails or even with blush. It’s best to choose one or two spots to highlight, but you can have a little fun wearing color simultaneously on the eyes and lips. Throw out your tried-and-true red lipstick for lavender lipstick, which is more subtle but still brings the drama. Bobbi Brown’s variety of pastel lip glosses from the Nectar & Nude Collection is great for beginners. Feeling bold? Try a sheer, soft pastel shade such as Ilia Beauty’s Tinted Lip Condition in Hold Me Now.
No longer will the word “pastel” have you thinking of Easter eggs, frilly dresses or the bright blue shadows of the ‘80s. Pastel shades of makeup are now more sophisticated, fresh and modern. A hint of pastel—whether swiped across the eyelids, cheeks or lips—promises a romantic, ethereal look with just the right amount of color for spring.
What are some ways you plan to wear pastel makeup?