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Makeup · May 26, 2015

4 Ways to Punch Up Pastel Makeup

Go Smoky

Toughen up on-trend lilac by creating a pastel smoky eye, an edgy spring runway favorite from designers like Vera Wang and Derek Lam. Line your top and bottom lash lines with a violet, blendable eye pencil like Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid and gradually smudge it outward to create a hazy effectthe finish should be soft and dewy, not powdery, says Blondie. Finish with a few coats of black mascara to make your eyes pop.

##Draw the Line

Graphic eyeliner doesn't have to mean reaching for jet-black pigment. Try applying a bright mint green, lavender, or sky blue liner like Cynthia Rowley's to the upper lash line instead to electrify your usual cat-eye. The clean, bold swipes will light up your entire face and look edgy, even though the shades are so sweet, Blondie says. Take a cue from the runways and pair your standout wings with a pretty lip stain, like Benefit's Benetint, to finish the look.

##Keep it Simple

A soft pastel can be just as bold as a red. To get this springs take on the statement lip, Blondie recommends applying a pastel pink or coral lip colorLaqa & Co.'s Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees is the perfect combo of both. With pale pastels, less is more so keep the rest of your look minimalclean, defined brows, a clean cat-eye, and a breathable BB will get you a natural, put-together finish that wont compete with your bold lip.

##Get Groovy

Give tame pastel shadows a modern 60s spin that would do Megan Draper proud. First, apply a wash of warm color over the entire lid, like the lightest Peach Parfait shade from the POP Portfolio Palette, blending it just over the crease of the eye. Finish by loading your top and bottom lashes with black mascara (we love Eyekos retro-inspired Black Magic) and creating a modern take on the decades bouffant.






Erica Smith