Springtime Blues – How to Wear Pastel Eye Shadow

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Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fall/winter makeup. The jewel-toned eye shadows, the deep reds and plums on the lips, a little extra liner and mascara…I’m a big fan. However, the one thing I look forward to each Spring is breaking out all of the pretty pastel shades in my makeup collection!

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Pastels can be tricky because you’re always a few steps away from looking completely washed out. To avoid this, I pack the pastel shade all over my lid, but go light with it on my lower waterline and inner corner. Then, I use a warm brown matte eye shadow on the entire crease in a windshield wiper motion until well-blended. Lastly, I avoid using a brow highlight (especially a frosty shade!). If I need to correct some pigmentation under my brow, I use a concealer or liquid foundation in my normal shade.

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For this look in particular, I used a bright baby blue because it looks great with brown and hazel eyes. Of course, different pastels will complement different eye colors.  For a universally flattering look, try lavender. Or, play around with all of the pretty pinks and greens out there. Whatever you do, just have fun with it!

IMG_2735_1Face
Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
Maybelline Fit Blush in Light Mauve

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pacific
Maybelline Expert Wear Seashore Frost Quad (the blue shade)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (for under the brow)

Lips
Lip Fusion in Sweet

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2 thoughts on “Springtime Blues – How to Wear Pastel Eye Shadow

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