Pastel Pretty - How to capture the pastel catwalk look

Pastel Pretty - How to capture the pastel catwalk look

By Wendy Hill

A softly-softly, delicate pastel palette sets the tone for this summer 2012/13.

Makeup in paler shades will complement a pastel outfit for an overall soft focus, without overwhelming the look.

The popularity of this combination was evident at the recent Golden Globe Awards and the 2013 People’s Choice Awards, where gorgeous pastel makeup and gowns ruled the red carpet.

Our favourite look was worn by Taylor Swift, pictured here on the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards in downtown Los Angeles (the first red carpet event of 2013) where she won the Favourite Country Artist Award based on the votes of almost half a billion people.

The key to this soft makeup look is for radiant skin to take centre stage: here’s how to achieve this style.

Face: For beautiful radiant skin, apply Velvet Veil Primer to even out the skin surface and provide a flawless base for the Foundation. A dash of Pearly Pink Highlighter mixed into Liquid Jojoba Foundation will give a dewy, natural finish to the skin. Keep the rest of the face simple: don’t overdo blush or eye makeup.

Eyes: Taylor’s pastel eye makeup was amped up for the red carpet. It’s great for evening wear with the addition of Gel Eyeliner close to the lash line and luscious lashes. For day wear, pare it down to just a soft wash of colour: one shade is enough colour to wear. Pastel eyeshadow shades need to be well blended, especially when applying blues and greens, so as to not look like a doll! Prep the eyelid first with Good Night’s Sleep to keep shadow shades true to colour.

Cheeks: A pop of watermelon on the cheeks with Mango Glow Blusher washed high on the cheekbones, with No Baggage Highlighter for fresh youthfulness.

Lips: Keep lips neutral: eye colour is the focus. Au Natural Lipstick blended softly suits all skin tones.


Top Tip:

If using eyeliner keep the shade complimentary to the eyeshadow shade. 
Summer fashion shades to wear: Pink, honey, soft coral, powder blue, aqua, mint green, lemon, mauve, rose, white.

We love pretty pastel blue shades too. For this look, try Blue Velvet Eyeshadow and apply Gel Eyeliner Tidal Wave as the complementary eyeliner shade.

Posted: Thu 20 Jun 2013