If you think the pastel look is a beauty trend better suited for the under-sixteen set, think again. Semi-saturated tints are back in a big way and they’re making a segue from Sunday church dresses to the cosmetic cases of beauty’s best and brightest. Whether you’re color-shy or color-obsessed, there’s a way to make the look work for you. Professional makeup artist Emma Willis for Contour Fossa will show you how.
wearing pastels

1. Stay true to tone.

Pastels should still pop in their own way. Because the colors are less saturated, if you apply a pastel shadow directly to the skin, the pigments are not going to look like what you see in the shadow pan. You must start with a layer of a white eye shadow. Willis used Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Drape as the base that would help intensify the color to come.
 

2. Add definition.

The goal of eye makeup is to define the eyes. If you’re going for a wash of color, still use two shades — just remember to blend well. Willis added a dark shade to the center of the lid and the lower lash line to give the look dimension. If you choose to take the graphic approach, anchor the color with dark liner like the L’Oréal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Charcoal Willis used to create a thin line along the lashes and in the waterline.
 

3. Complement. Don’t compete.

While you don’t need to go totally monochromatic, the rest of your makeup should complement, not compete with the pastel color. Skip blush and bronzer and opt for luminizer instead. A touch of em Michelle Phan Makeup Mood Enhancer in Pink Flush on the cheekbones and a dab of a soft, tinted balm on the lips is all you need to complete any pastel look.
 
What’s your favorite makeup look for spring? Do you prefer pastels or something bolder? Tell us in the comments.
 
Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography
Hair and Makeup: Emma Willis for Contour Fossa
Model: Olivia Crane