Easter may be long gone, but don't put away the pastels just yet. All the fashion magazines tell us that pastel makeup is "in" this spring. "Even icy blue eyeshadow and frosty pink lips?" you might ask. Yes, even those outrageous hues are back in fashion. Although some of the trendiest makeup this spring seems better suited for your junior prom in 1989, or perhaps your children's Easter egg art, there are ways to make this trend work as a grown woman in 2012.
One product at a time. Pick a feature you want to accent or highlight with a pastel color and stick to it. If you want to rock a pastel purple eyeshadow to play up your eyes, choose a deeper color for your lips. This is how you can avoid looking like you are using your makeup palette from high school. For example, keep your entire makeup palette natural to let your pastel eye color steal the show. You can also reverse this and wear a pretty pastel pink lip color with neutral colors on your eyelids.
One color at a time. Sure, runway models can showcase the subdued colors of the rainbow on their lids, but if you are wearing more than one pastel eyeshadow, you might end up looking like you belong in the PAAS Easter egg dye box instead of inside your cubicle at work. Go with a single color, using your makeup brushes to blend it into your crease and brow bone.
Avoid matchy-matchy. Pastels are not only a makeup trend this spring – everything from jeans to formal dresses are taking on myriad shades of sea-foam green, lilac and light yellow. If you are wearing pastel-colored clothing, opt for bright or neutral makeup to balance your outfit. The same goes for nail colors. Pastel nail polish is a fabulous alternative to your average beige, but make sure it does not match your outfit too well. Wearing pastel pink nails with the exact same shade dress is a little tacky and just a smidge too Dr. Seuss. Always mix and match for a less contrived look.