12 Pastel Makeup Ideas to Try This Easter

March 07, 2024
By: Gillian Fuller | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
person wearing pastel egg-shaped eye makeup

There’s a lot to love about Easter: the promise of spring weather soon to come, Easter egg hunts, and of course, chocolate. But there’s another aspect of this holiday worth celebrating, and that’s the abundance of Easter makeup looks you can play with. Whether you’ll be attending a family gathering or spending the day at brunch with your besties, Easter makeup provides the perfect opportunity to get into the spirit of the season. And if you need some inspiration, we’ve got plenty. From pretty pastel eyeshadow to fresh-as-a-daisy looks that showcase your skin, find 12 spring makeup ideas for Easter (and beyond), below.

1. Periwinkle Lids

Embrace the season’s pastel palette by swapping out your go-to nude eyeshadow for a more seasonal (but, in our opinion, equally wearable) periwinkle shade. Start by sweeping the medium shade in the Maybelline Shadow Blocks Eyeshadow Palette Makeup in Broadway and Prince St. onto your lids, buffing the color past your crease for a soft, watercolor-like effect. Use a small brush to apply the same color to your lower lash line, blending the pigment out once again. Tap some highlighter onto your inner corner, sweep on a coat or two of mascara, and your easy Easter eyeshadow look is complete.

Editor’s tip: Make your pastel eyeshadow pop by priming your lids with a light eyeshadow primer or concealer.

2. Popsicle Lips

The so-called popsicle pout isn’t new—nor is it reserved for springtime—but the juicy, just-bitten look is simple, flattering, and easily customizable to your color preferences. Use your finger to lightly dab a pigmented lip stain onto the center of your lips, leaving the outer corners bare. Then, top with a high-shine gloss (we love NYX Professional Makeup Duck Plump High Pigment Plumping Lip Gloss in Clearly Spicy) for a cute Easter makeup look that doesn’t require a ton of effort to execute.

3. Graphic Green Wing

When we think of spring eye makeup, we think of the color green—which is one reason we love this graphic green winged look for warmer days. All you need to achieve this creative Easter makeup look is a vivid green eyeliner pencil, like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Freak. Trace your upper lash line, extending the line into a dramatic wing. Then, draw another line just above your crease, following the curve of your orbital bone. You’ll be left with a graphic negative space look perfect for any parties you have planned.

4. Stained Glass Blush

If you’re looking for a simple Easter makeup look that’s still put together enough for family functions, stained glass blush needs to be on your radar. This spring-ready look involves using two coordinating shades of blush to create a flushed and subtly defined finish. We love using NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Stick Blush for this since the dual-ended blush stick features two made-to-pair shades. You can, however, nail this look with powder blush, too—just make sure the two shades you pick have the same undertone and opt for a formula with a satin (rather than matte) finish.

5. Fresh-Faced

With warmer weather and sunny days (finally) arriving, spring is the perfect opportunity to embrace your softer side. This natural Easter makeup look features sheer blush, rosy lips, and, of course, glowing skin. If your skin is looking a bit dull after winter, mix L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer into your moisturizer or foundation. It’ll give you a believable lit-from-within glow that you don’t have to lay out in the sun to achieve.

6. Floral Accents

Channel the freshly blooming garden outside your window (or, if you’re a city dweller, at your local park) by using eyeliner to draw miniature floral accents around your lids. The beauty of this Easter eye makeup look is that there’s really no rulebook to follow—you can stick to simple daisy doodles, add vine accents, or even create intricate sunflower paintings on your lids. Just make sure to lock your handiwork in place with a long-lasting setting spray like Urban Decay All-Nighter Waterproof Makeup Setting Spray.

7. Colorblocked Eyes

Pastel eye makeup is, of course, an Easter staple—but if you’d prefer something with a bit more edge, this color-blocked look is a must-try. To create the vaguely ‘60s-inspired look, use a small eyeshadow brush to sweep a vibrant blue eyeshadow along your top lash line (don’t blend the edges—you want a bit of a sharper line here). Then, use another small eyeshadow brush to buff a vivid green shadow onto your lower lash line. Finally, line your upper and lower waterlines with Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Dramatic Eyeliner in Café Noir for contrast—the subtle pop of black will help the bold shadows stand out even more.

8. Easter Glam

Easter is as good a time as any to go all-in with a full glam makeup look. How you execute your glam makeup for Easter is, of course, up to you, but we’d recommend maintaining a softer color palette that showcases the colors of spring. Pinks, purples, blues, and greens are all fair game here—though we’d advise keeping the focus on one feature (like your eyes) to avoid overpowering your face. Try a multicolored pastel smokey eye or opt for a pink-and-green cut crease with tons of sun-catching shimmer.

9. Colorful Mascara

Let your lashes be the star of the show this spring by swapping out your trusty black mascara for one in a more vibrant hue. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Washable Bold Mascara comes in several shades, including green, purple, blue, and burgundy. For an Easter-inspired makeup look that’s subtle yet impactful, we recommend opting for the Cobalt Blue shade—it’s vivid without being overpowering.

10. Mint Eyeshadow

We’d be hard-pressed to name all our favorite Easter eyeshadow looks, but we can guarantee that mint lids would definitely make the list (bonus points if there’s shimmer involved). Achieve this user-friendly pastel makeup look by applying Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow in Lucid all over your upper lid, blending upward and outward toward the tail of your brow. Then, trace your upper lash line with black liquid eyeliner, flicking the liner outward at the corner of your eye to create a barely-there wing that frames the minty shadow.

11. Monochrome Pink

The key to making monochrome makeup work is opting for slightly different shades to give your look dimension. We love how this pastel makeup look pairs shimmery coral eyeshadow with soft pink blush and a natural-looking pinkish-nude lip—the trio of pinks complement one another perfectly. Create a similar look with YSL Beauty Couture Mini Clutch Eyeshadow Palette in Spontini Lilies, your peachy-pink blush of choice, and a satiny nude lipstick (try Valentino Beauty Rosso Valentino Refillable Lipstick in Walk On the Wild Side).

12. Colorful Highlighter

Put a seasonal spin on your no-makeup makeup look by swapping standard highlighter for a pastel hue. We love using NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Multi-Use Highlighter Sticks for this. The chubby pearl-finish highlighter comes in six illuminating shades, but the vivid fuschia Blueberry Muffin is perfect for an unexpected pop of color. Apply it to your cupid’s bow, brow bones, and the top of your cheekbones, and get ready to glow.

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