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Traditionally, Spring is all about pastels – soft pinks, soft blues, soft violets and greens and yellows. But let’s be realistic: while pastels are all well and good, they get a little boring year after year. It’s like reds for the holidays: lovely, and definitely something to be appreciated, but it’s nice to mix things up a bit now and again.
This look takes a bit of Summer and infuses it into the traditional Spring aesthetic, creating a neutral eye with pops of not-quite-pastel colours. Enjoy!
Get the eyes
To get this look, start with your basic neutral eye (whatever that may be), with an added boost of gold for a bit more colour. The eye in this look used almost solely pigments: start with an eyeshadow base, add a neutral-gold to the middle of the lid, and blend to both the inside and outside corners of the lid.
Then, using two clean brushes, add a shimmery off-white to the inner corner and a medium-brown to the crease or outer corner. Give the edges a once-over with your first brush (for the gold pigment), then move on to the liner and lashes.
Instead of the typical Spring lavender-and-mint-green, this look uses two brighter, more vibrant hues – a bold violet and shimmery seafoam green. What makes a look like this one so versatile, though, is that it works with any colour (or combination of colours), as well as any formula, be it liquid, gel, or pencil. Feel free to change it up, and go for the shades that grab you!
Our neutral eye picks: MAC Pigments in Blonde’s Gold and Vanilla, Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow in Lézard, Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black.
Our bright eyeliner picks: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils or 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliners; Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners; Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners.
Get the skin
The easiest time to do your skin is once your eyes are done – that way, if you have any fallout from your eyeshadow, you can sweep it up with a cotton bud without cleaning off your base.
For a look like this one, you can honestly pick whatever kind of base you prefer – it’s a great example of an “anything goes” makeup. If you’re at a loss for where to start, though, perhaps start by trying a foundation or tinted moisturizer with a natural, seamless finish; something slightly on the dewy side, if anything, and matte down with powder only where needed.
Our picks: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15, Benefit “Hello Flawless!” Oxygen Wow Foundation SPF 25.
Get the lips & cheeks
To complete this Spring-Summer look, try adding a luminous, peachy cheek and a natural-but-better lip. Whether you choose products with shimmery or shimmer-free finishes is up to you – NARS Orgasm and Clarins Passion Rose (both featured here) are great choices with a bit of shimmer; for a more subtle effect, try a pairing like MAC Fleur Powder and Clinique Shy Honey (new to the Almost Lipstick range this February).
Our picks: Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Passion Rose, NARS Powder Blusher in Orgasm.