How to wear pastel makeup: 7 Beauty Panel tips for doing baby blues, pinks and purples right

How to wear pastel makeup

Marilou Moles
Ottawa | Twenty York Street

What was once old is new again and this year, we couldn’t have guessed for a better revival of makeup trends than pretty pastels. Contrary to popular belief that pastels are hard to wear, soft pastels are actually a great way to integrate more colours into your makeup routine, no matter your skin colour.
How to rock this trend in 2013? Bid adieu to the ’80s trick of piling on shadows on top of each other resembling a rainbow trifle and say bonjour to a more current, more fresh version of wearing your robin blues, fresh mints and rosy pinks.

Modern Pastels
A modern take on the pastel look is taking two pastel colours in the same complementary tones, like this icy mint and cool blue combo, the former used as a base all over your eyelid and the latter as a liner on your lid. To keep the look from being too saccharine sweet, add a thin line of your darkest kohl and swipe a generous coat of black mascara.

Fresh Lips
As for the lips, forego the shimmer and shine and opt for a more matte finish with a subtle yet striking petal-pink hue. Just remember to keep your lips exfoliated and moisturized (Thann’s Rice Bran Lip Balm is my all-time fave!) as matte lipstick tends to highlight dryness and cracks on the lips. To finish? A hint of bronzer on the right places and you’re set to go!

Mani Party
But wait, why limit the pastel party to your face only when the easiest way you can incorporate pastel in your life is on your pretty little nails! For a new twist on the classic French add a hint of mint for a retro touch but use a sliver of silver to make it hot!

Products used: Thann Shiso Face Serum, Cover Girl’s Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in “345,” Maybelline’s 24HR Color Tattoo in “Icy Mint,” The Rocket Mascara and Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner in “Black,” Thann Rice Bran Lip Balm, Nyx Lip Liner in “850 Nectar,”Elizabeth Arden’s Lip Pot in “Rose,”Koku Nail Bar’s Summer Collection in “Fresh Mint and Ice Cold Silver”