Pile on the Pastel

Springtime means that pastels and pinks are in full force. While these shades can often come off as juvenile or overly feminine, there are ways to wear the colors with subtle sophistication. Laura Mercier is known for transforming bold shades into wearable and flattering makeup. One of her standout products, Caviar Stick Eye Colour, contains a long-wearing formula that glides onto lids. Orchid, a sheer, frosty lavender, is a shade that flatters hazel and green eyes. Part of the NARS Spring Collection, Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Bimini is a sheer pink that hydrates and heals lips. Dior Beauty’s new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, Trianon Edition, is inspired by Marie Antoinette and features a balance between bold shades and feminine, flowery pastels. Bobbi Brown’s latest collection features products for a modern woman looking for a natural look. The Pink Brightening Brick can be used as both a blush or swept lightly all over the face for a gentle illumination. Maybelline Baby Lips offers a wash of color at a bargain price. The newest version, Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm, uses eucalyptus and combats dryness while giving a natural, healthy tint. Pastels are always suited for nails. Deborah Lippmann’s new spring collection features a confection of soft shades. The standout is Blue Orchid, a cream baby blue, first featured at the Spring 2014 Badgley Mischka show.