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A different Spring pastel intro


Get the Look: Spring Pastels with a Twist


Every Spring, the makeup industry sees the same trends over and over again: matte pastels, pastels, pastels. While they’re just as pretty each year, though, it’s understandable that they might get a little tired – after all, not everyone can pull off pastels, and even those who can aren’t necessarily going to love the love it.

Taking a page out of YSL’s book with their Spring 2013 Arty Stone collection (which features gorgeous spring shades in bolder, shimmery tones), here’s a high-impact look that still says “spring,” without sacrificing any edge or drama.

Get the Eyes

As you would for any eye look, start this one by prepping your lids with an eyeshadow primer to prevent the shadow from creasing. Then, using YSL Long Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink, draw a line (it doesn’t have to be neat) along your upper lashline, smudging it out with a fluffy blending brush.

Follow this darkened base with YSL Pure Chromastics Eye Shadow Palette in No. 14, applying the violet through the centre of the lid, the pink to the inner corner (for sheer shades with flaky shimmer, like this one, use your fingertip to apply in order to minimise eyeshadow fallout), and the blue through the outer corner or crease.

Blend the three shades together as you apply, and soften everything with a fluffy brush. Finish the eyeshadow by taking the shimmery green along your lower lashline (for a more subtle effect, add just a bit through the outer third; for a more dramatic one, apply it damp along your entire lashline).

To add polish and definition to the eye, apply the blue or green shade along your upper lashline as an eyeliner (wing it out slightly at the outer corner), and pull your black eyeliner along your upper and lower waterlines. Curl your lashes and add mascara – we’ve used YSL Shocking.

Our high street picks: Sleek MakeUP Kajal Eyeliner in Nocturnal for a smokey black eyeliner base, Barry M Dazzle Dusts for a similar shimmery eyeshadow look, or the MUA 12 Shade Glitterball Palette for glittery eyeshadows in comparable shades to this quad.

Get the Cheeks

After finishing the eyes, start the cheeks by cleaning up any fallout with a cotton bud, then applying a sheer foundation. Follow by concealing any blemishes and, if you find you get oily through the day, powder your skin lightly.

To balance out this eye without making the look too heavy, we sculpted the cheeks with YSL Cream Blush in Rose Quartz, a luminous cool pink. Cream blushes with more of a mousse-like texture (like this one) apply well with your fingertips, but for a more airbrushed finish, try applying it with a foundation brush and blending well.

Our high street pick: Try Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush for an option that’s easier on your purse!

Get the Lips

Of course, a YSL Spring make-up look wouldn’t be complete without a Glossy Stain. We finished this look with the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres in 27 Pêche Cerra-Colla, a bright-but-sheer tangerine, for a light, long-wearing pout.

Our high street pick: The new L’Oréal Shine Caresse line might be a little hard to find so soon after its launch, but the formula is a dead ringer for YSL’s Glossy Stains.


Are you a fan of matte pastels, or do you prefer a more dramatic look? Let us know @SheSaidBeauty with #SpringPastels!

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