Pastels: The Underrated Color Family

When I think of pastels in the spring, the first thought that pops into my head is,”Wow, that’s original.” But the more that I’ve considered the variety of muted colors that make up the pastel color spectrum, I’m like, “Wait, I actually love these shades.

There’s something about adding a soft pink, blue, or purple to your makeup look. It’s simple and pretty, and can be worn at any time of the day. Pastels will brighten up your face, and even give off a “I-can’t-wait-for-spring” vibe. Well, at least that’s my motivation for supporting this understated color family.

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This product is one of my most prized possessions: The Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder Pearls. The array of shimmering pastel pearls inside this ornate, little box will color-correct and illuminate your complexion with one stroke. My savior.

New makeup collections that have been popping up at Sephora this year were my first hint that pastel-colored makeup would be a hit. Every year, Sephora and Pantone Universe establish a “Color of the Year,” which they then revolve a makeup collection around. This year the colors are Rose Quartz (light pink) and Serenity (light blue). These two colors are accompanied by other watercolor-inspired shades for the collection, which you can see here.

At first, I was kind of wary of the idea of wearing a light blue lipstick… but paired with the right products, you can achieve a fresh and edgy look. I’ve never really seen pastel makeup as edgy, but Sephora and Pantone Universe have proved me wrong.

Looking for a similar product for half the price? The NYX Macaron Lippies (loving the name… macarons are my #1) have some french dessert-inspired lipsticks in 12 different hues. I would have to say that the rose-lavender pink is my favorite shade of the bunch.

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A soft pink nude will compliment any pastel shadow or blush. This Dior shade is one of my go-to lipsticks.

Another hint that lead me to see this trend was the Nars Spring 2016 Color Collection (of course). In their latest collection, a variety of soft pinks and blues are featured along with a variety of gorgeous neutrals. I am definitely hoping to purchase their Impassioned Blush. The shade is described as “pink orchid,” a light pink with some subtle blue undertones. Just when I thought that Nars couldn’t create any more amazing blush colors, they’ve managed to blow my mind with yet another.

When I was stumbling upon more makeup products that I can’t afford, (my everyday life), I discovered the new Dior ‘5 Couleurs – Glowing Gardens’ palette. Ok, so yes it’s probably not in my budget to purchase this palette any time soon, but you’ve got to check this one out. The palette includes a yellow and a green, and believe me when I say that this palette makes me want to wear yellow and green eyeshadow. It just goes to show that pastels are definitely wearable… especially when Dior is behind it.

Speaking of eyeshadows, Milk Makeup offers their Matte Quad, which is absolute perfection. The shadows can be applied with your fingers due to the light cushion-like formula. The 4 shades included are a light purple, pink, nude, and brown. These colors are totally versatile and perfect for on-the-go use… plus it will give your everyday eye routine a little something extra.

The ever-so-popular eyebrow product brand, Anastasia Beverly Hills, has come out with their first eyeshadow palette where they pay tribute to the pastel color family. The Self Made Eyeshadow Palette includes a light yellow, pink, and mint color along with 11 other various shades. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the Anastasia brand.

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Purple shadows (especially this one) are great worn alone with a little mascara. This subtle light orchid shade is no longer sold in stores, but it still remains one of my favorites.

So next time you look at a gorgeous light blue eyeshadow or baby pink lipstick, don’t hesitate to give it a try. It might end up being your new favorite product. Don’t underestimate the power of pastels this spring! #pastelsforlife

Alex B. 

 

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