Spring is the season of new growth and fresh ideas, but even primavera has a few long-standing institutions: flowers, bunnies, and of course, pastel colors galore. The problem, of course, with being such a time-tested bunch of shades is that it’s hard to keep making the look fresh every year. If you’re all out of inspiration for wearing your favorite creamy colors, though, the Spring 2012 runways were chock-full of ideas. Let chic lilac “raincoat” manicures, creamsicle lips, and much more spark your creativity, and get ready for a very fashionable April.
Coral at Aquascutum
Creamy coral lipstick is a warm-weather staple for many women, but it’s also gorgeous on cheeks, especially if you have cool undertones.
Powder Blue at Steffie Christiaens
Robin’s egg blue can look a little sterile when it’s laid on thick, but a sheer veil of color from the crease to the outer corners of eyes, as seen at Steffie Christiaens, is romantic and of the moment.
Creamsicle at Guillermina Baeza
Orange Julius is usually something you think about putting in your mouth, not on it. But as the milky tangerine gloss at Guillermina Baeza proves, a little pastel orange can look extremely chic and sophisticated. Just remember to use a light touch when you’re applying.
Spring Gold and Mint at Mark Fast
Yellow and green are a classic combination, but they’ve got a new, edgy flair this season. Take a page out of Mark Fast‘s book and try using gold or buttercream shadow at the inner corners of your eyes to brighten. Then, instead of just lining your eyes in basic black, go over the top of your eyeliner in a shimmery mint green shadow.
White at Tibi
White eye shadow is renowned for its brightening abilities, but when it’s too opaque, the resultant look is more Mod than modern. To update the shade, try a soft, sheer white like the shadow at Tibi. It has all the impact of a more pigmented shade without the White-Out chalkiness.
Seafoam at Alexis Mabille
Seafoam has traditionally been an eye shadow shade, and while it still works on lids, it makes for an unexpectedly fresh and pretty pop of color on nails, too. Get inspiration from the cheery, creamy hue from the Alexis Mabille show.
Sheer Lilac at 3.1 Phillip Lim
Grape-y nails never really disappear off fashion’s radar, but the days of thick, lusterless color are gone. Instead, try an almost-translucent wash of milky lilac. It only takes a single coat, and designers like Phillip Lim were all over the transparency trend for this season.
Baby Pink at Elene Cassis
Sweet, girlish pink is perhaps the most overused pastel shade, but it’s too pretty to boycott entirely. Give your baby pink blushes and lipsticks a boost this season by playing with texture. Instead of a typical matte pink lipstick, soften the shade up with a little coral or even lavender gloss mixed in. For cheeks, take a hint from the makeup artists at Elene Cassis and use your pastel hue as a base, then sweep a little bright pink blush over the tops of cheekbones for extra definition and impact.
Violet at Cacharel
Bright violet shadow can work wonders for brown eyes. If you’ve long been a devotee of plum shadow, this is the season to branch out and try a livelier shade of lavender. Bright smoky eyes like this look from Cacharel aren’t the only way to go, either. For a more subtle take on the shade, try lining the space right above your lashes with the color and then blending down.
Ecru at L’Wren Scott
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that ecru is a boring color. It’s actually very versatile, and right now it’s an extremely hot nail hue. The trick to making it work is to use plenty of base coat, since the colors tend to be sheer, and to find a shade that complements your skin tone.
Source from: http://www.bellasugar.com/How-Wear-Pastel-Makeup-Spring-2012-22407342#How-Wear-Pastel-Makeup-Spring-2012-22407342?slide=10&_suid=133534189717405145868884173992
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