The Do’s and Don’ts of Pastel Makeup

With spring officially here there’s NO excuse to put off the pastel trend any longer! And don’t just play it safe by simply incorporating soft, sherbet shades into your wardrobe. It’s time to mix it up and add a little pastel spice to your makeup routine. Not sure how to go about it? Check out our tips on what to do and what to avoid when working with pastels.

DO play up your eyes: Go ethereal and throw some creamsicle shades on your eyelids. If you’re hesitant, play it safe with pretty lilacs or soft pinks and as you muster up more makeup courage, go for vibrant hues like seafoam green and sky blue. Make sure to blend out the edges of your shadow and make sure that no harsh color transitions are visible. Try applying highlighter along your brow bone to give your eyes definition and complement this pretty, fairy-like look. And if you want a pop of pastel color, try teal or light blue eyeliner!

Product Recommendations: MUD eyeshadow in Flight (baby blue), Sugared Violet (purple) or Pink Grapefruit (pink). 


DO try a little gloss: While we love a matte finish, sometimes subtlety is the way to go. For a fresh and natural look, swipe on a little pastel lip gloss. We promise you won’t look 12 and we also promise that this is the beginning of a pastel obsession. Lip gloss is the perfect gateway drug to bigger, bolder color cosmetics.

Product Recommendations: MUD Cantaloupe and Cupid Lip Glaze. 


DO experiment: Don’t be afraid to get a little crazy with your pastel usage. Try coral on your eyes, robin’s egg blue on your nails and lilac on your lips. The beauty of experimentation is it’s just that, an experiment. If you hate it, you move on to another look. If you love it, you just successfully expanded your beauty look!

Product Recommendations: China Glaze For Audrey and Be More Pacific


DON’T overdo it: While we encourage having fun with pastels in all aspects, we also suggest you be strategic with your approach. If you’re playing up the eyes, balance out the color by going subtle and neutral with your cheeks and lips. If you’re going bright with your lips, try a soft peach or dusty pink on your lids to keep your face balanced and to avoid looking Easter egg-ish. Also, a little tip for you fair-skinned ladies, when going with pastel shadow, make sure to add some definition and color to your lashes with a dark brown or black mascara — this will keep you from looking washed out.


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