8 Ways You Can Pull Off Pastels

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8 Ways You Can Pull Off Pastels
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Spring has sprung, and what better way to get in the seasonal spirit than with pastels — and not just on your clothes and accessories! These delicate shades are not only feminine and flirty, but they can make you look edgy and downright fierce when used the right way. Not sure how to rock this hot spring trend without going overboard? Follow these eight tips, and you'll be pulling off pastels throughout spring and beyond.

Pick the Right Colors
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Pick the Right Colors

Pastels can include any range of colors and shades, but some of the most popular and flattering include lavender, sky blue, yellow and pink, says Claire Atwood, makeup artist and beauty expert for CITY Cosmetics. To fit the trend, make sure you’re wearing shades that are soft and light — like the blue actress Ginnifer Goodwin wears here at the 2011 Met Ball in New York City — instead of bold, smokey or heavily pigmented colors.

Match Your Skin Tone
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Match Your Skin Tone

One of the most basic keys to pulling off a pastel shade is to make sure it matches your skin tone, Atwood says. Yellow, for example, can look beautiful on some skin tones — like those that are tan, olive or beige — but can wash out ladies with blue undertones, she explains. Warm skin tones also look great in greens and oranges, while cool skin tones (ladies with fair or pale skin, like actress Jessica Chastain, shown here at a fashion show in Paris) look best in pinks, blues and purples.

Keep it Tasteful
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Keep it Tasteful

Though the idea of pastel makeup might feel daunting for many women, Atwood says it doesn’t have to be intimidating. “The key here is to just not go overboard,” she advises. For example, don’t match a pastel eyeshadow to your lipstick, like singer Nicki Minaj does here at an event in West Hollywood; instead, pick a complementary color. “That much pastel will leave you looking more cartoon than in bloom,” Atwood says.

Start Small
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Start Small

If you want to test out the pastel trend without diving in headfirst, Atwood suggests beginning with one shade in a small dose, like actress Emma Watson does here at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards with just a bit of pastel eyeshadow. “A fun nail polish or eyeshadow in a pastel hue will help you get over any trepidation right away,” she says.

Accentuate the Eyes
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Accentuate the Eyes

While eyeshadow is the most common way to wear pastel on the eyes, the shades also look gorgeous in a liner or even a bit of mascara. Atwood suggests pairing a full-on pastel eye — like the one TV personality Nicole Richie is wearing here at the 2013 Golden Globes — with just a swipe of clear gloss on the lips to keep it from going overboard.

Pop with Pink Cheeks
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Pop with Pink Cheeks

One of the simplest ways to perk up your look with pastels is by adding a pop of soft pink directly onto the apples your cheeks, like actress Emily Blunt does here at the 2010 Golden Globes. For a more saturated shade of pink that will keep you from looking washed out, opt for a cheek tint or gel blush for last-all-day color.

Love the Lips
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Love the Lips

Make that same shade of pastel pink work overtime by adding the hue to your lips, too, like singer Katy Perry does here at the 2012 Grammy Awards. And if you're a lady who likes to push the envelope, don't be afraid to try out a shade of pale orange or lavender, which looks especially beautiful against dark skin. When you go for a pastel pout, Atwood says it’s smart to pair it with a neutral or slightly shimmering eyeshadow to keep it from becoming overwhelming.

Make it Work (Appropriate)
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Make it Work (Appropriate)

Pastel makeup can work with any outfit on any occasion, and even in the workplace, when worn correctly. To get an office-safe look, steer clear of dramatic shades on eyes — like a full mint-green eye — and stick with hints of pastel on lips, cheeks and lids instead, like actress Tika Sumpter does here at a movie premiere in Westwood, California.

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