Beauty News: Pastel Eyes
For a change of pace this summer, embrace the pastel eye shadows that are popping up everywhere. Don’t worry; this isn’t a return of the Eighties. Think of it as a way to summerize the smokey eye. Play with the palettes to create soft, sophisticated gradations. If you haven’t worn it in a while, a little color will make a big difference.
Looking like a splash in the swimming pool, this palette is actually inspired by the sophisticated pleating technique used on the fabric of Dior dresses. These Mediterranean colors aren’t meant to be opaque, but just for a wash on the lids and perhaps just a bit below the lash line.
Armani brought metallic in with their version of a pastel palette. The shadows contain “Luce d’oro” pigment, bringing luminosity to the eye. Don’t feel like you have to use all these shadows at once. Sweep one color – what ever suits your fancy that day – all over the lid. You can use these also as highlighters on the brow bone.
Lloyd Simmonds, YSL’s international makeup artist, influenced this palette. Each color features a different finish and can all be used together. Again, the lightest shade (green center) can act as a highlighter. The others can be layered from darkest to lightest up the eyelid.
If you are on the go or prefer pencil form, Laura Mercier brought summer colors to her famed Caviar sick eye colors. The formula is fairly creamy and blendable. For the pastel effect, lightly swipe and blend right along the lash line.
A highlight of the Summer 2012 collection, NARS crafted its famed eye shadows in a trio of metallic pastels. The Silver, Icy peach and Apricot can be layered up the lid, or pick one for a subtle wash of color. Try Silver in the inner corners to look bright eyed.
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