How to pull off pastel eye shadow

Focus attention on your eyes with a subtle sweep of pastel eye shadow. A colour-outside-the-lines approach is on trend and user-friendly.

The trend: Pretty eye shadow in pastel hues

Pastel eyeshadow trend beauty trends spring 2015

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Get the look

Keep it simple. This is the opposite of a classic smoky eye — just pick one shade. Makeup artist David Allan Jones suggests prepping eyelids with concealer or a taupe base shadow, then using a soft eyeshadow brush to gently dust a long-lasting formula across the eyelids, layering to build colour.

Pastel Shadow Trend Spring 2015

Photo, Roberto Caruso

Pro tip

If you have fair or light lashes, curl them and add a coat of mascara before applying eyeshadow. The mascara will define your lash line so you’ll need less eyeshadow.

Pastel eye shadow picks (top to bottom)
Sateen Eye Colour in haze, buttercream, Blue Suede, sandstone, $29 each, Laura Mercier.
Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49, $33, NARS.
Cosmetics Eye shadow in Pink Freeze, $19, M.A.C Cosmetics.
Porto Venere Eye Paint in Soft Pale Pink, $30, NARS.
Toledo Bellgreens Eye Shadow Palette in Savant, $53, M.A.C Cosmetics.
Limited Edition Beautiful Colour Eye Shadow Quad in Posh Purples, $48/Set of 4, Elizabeth Arden.