While we love the idea of flushed pastel shades, not all of us want to look sugary sweet. Pastels are traditionally meant for spring or summer, when the weather is fresh and warm, but we turn your beauty traditions upside down and show you how you can wear pastels in winter or adapt it for a ‘tough girl’ edge.

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The Pastel Wash

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Swap your metallic eyeshadow for pastel shades. It will create the same effect as a normal highlighter but with an added burst of colour.

Get the look:

  1. Use a darker shade in the crease and outer corner of the lid to add depth. This shade can be a darker version of the pastel or black/chocolate brown. 
  2. Dab the pastel shade in the centre of the lid to highlight. Add mascara to keep the look from becoming too sweet. 

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Candy Lips

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Wearing pastel lipstick is often a recipe for disaster as some shades can appear cakey, making lips look dry or washed out. When wearing a pastel lip, aim to achieve a tinted look. Try pastel pinks, lilacs or peach tones as they create a more natural lip tint.

Get the look:

  1. Start by applying a lip balm to the lips to create a supple base.
  2. Apply the pastel shade to the centre of the lips and dab into lips until blended into a natural tint.

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If the idea of pastel liner is too daunting, drop the liquid liner and create a softer look with kohl liner.

Get the look:

  1. Rim the waterline of the eyes with a pastel kohl liner instead of white to make the eyes appear larger.
  2. Tone down the pastel by smudging in some black or brown into the waterline, creating a pastel smokey eye.

Beauty editor’s tip: To add more edge to this look, smudge in some mascara on to the lower lash line to create a grunge-inspired ‘day-old mascara’ look.

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