Pastels are popping up everywhere
-- on girly frocks and accessories, and on makeup palettes, too. At the Rebecca Taylor Spring Summer 2012 show, washes of soft-hued shadows prettify eyes and exude a kind of romantic charm. Here's how to master the trend with these backstage tricks:
Opt for cream shadow
For a fluid, "watery color" effect, Rebecca Taylor's makeup artist Sil Bruinsma for M.A.C. used cream shadows in either dove gray, sea foam green, teal or yellow.
Less is more
The key to acing this look is to keep it simple. A soft wash of one color over the lid blended thoroughly to diffuse, and you're done. Follow Bruinsma's lead and leave out the heavy liner for a modern look.
Choose pastels that flatter
Colors to try: Turquoise, lavender and soft pink -- they're flattering on every skin tone!
Balance it out
Bruinsma kept the focus on the eyes by keeping the rest of the face bare, with just a hint of rosy color on the cheeks and lips.