For years, it’s all been about the smokey eye look with dark, grungey shades gracing the lids of everyone from Mila Kunis to Miley Cyrus. But now it’s Spring, it’s 2015 and it’s time for a change. This season eye makeup trends take a lighter turn and at HQHair we’re ditching the black and grey for pretty, pastel colours.
Pastel nails and pastel clothes are a fun and easy way to embrace the delicate, springtime tones, but pastel eyes can be a little trickier to pull off. Many people hear ‘pastel makeup’ and think of the bright blue eyeshadow sported in the 80s, but don’t worry – this modern take on the candy colours is far more flattering and easy to wear. To nail this spring makeup trend and achieve flawless pastel peepers just remember these 3 tips:
Eye Primer is a great addition to any eye makeup routine, but it’s particularly important when using pastel eyeshadow. A good primer will not only make your eye makeup last longer but it will also help the eyeshadow apply better and the colours will appear brighter and more true to what you see in the pan. Pastel shades are very pale to start with, so it can be tricky to get the colours to show properly, especially on darker skin tones or oily lids. Eye primers make the job much easier by giving you a light, even base to work on. Simply apply your chosen primer – we like the NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50) – allow it to set, then get to work with your shadow.
2. One Colour
With so many pretty, pastel shades to choose from it can be tempting to throw them all on to your eyes at the same and imagine yourself riding a magical unicorn over a rainbow. However for a work-friendly daytime look, it’s probably best to just stick to the one colour washed across the eye, and vary the tones on the rest of your face. For example try a lilac eyeshadow paired with a cool pink lipstick, or pastel pink eyes with a mauve-toned blush. A great option when you’re experimenting is to go for a pastel-toned eyeshadow palette – our current favourite is the Pur Minerals Soul Mattes Eye Palette (£24.00) – it features a range of pastel pink powders, all in a super-wearable matte formula, perfect for the current Spring makeup trend. We’ve swatched a few of the shades below to give you an idea.
3. Add Definition
With pastels on your lid, it’s important to add a bit of extra definition to properly frame your eyes and make them pop. Remember to keep the brightest pastel colour focused on your eyelid – don’t be tempted to brush it all the way up to your brow bone – then try a slightly darker shade in your crease. It’s also nice to add a lighter tone just to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten and help you look more perky. This is where a palette, like the Pur Minerals Soul Mattes – really comes in handy, because you have all the varying shades you need in one compact product, plus it comes with a proper eyeshadow brush and a mirror so it’s great for travelling. Once your shadow is applied, add a slick of black eyeliner to define your eyes. The Cargo Cosmetics Liquid Liner (13.00) is perfect for drawing a fine black line and the pen style applicator makes it really easy to use. Finish with a light layer of mascara on your lashes for a perfectly pretty pastel look.
What do you think about this latest spring makeup trend? Would you sport a pastel eye for daytime or save it for a night out? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to follow @hqhair on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest beauty tips and trends, as well as our new products and offers at HQHair.com