Look now: The newest power pastels makeup shades
Ombré eye shadow
Bing: Ombré eye shadow
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux used not one, but three punchy pastels on the eyes at Peter Som's spring 2013 show. He called the effect "ombré," but the final result resembled watercolors, and his method of application was finger painting. He spread canary yellow cream all over the eyelids and blended the second color (cyan, orange, or green, depending on the model) along the creases. Finally, he smudged a third shade (either green, aqua blue, or peachy orange) underneath the arch of the brows. Skipping mascara and brow pencils, he let the pigments sit side by side and melt into each other.
On eyes and lips
ON EYES AND LIPS
You don't have to limit yourself to one feature with this trend. Go right ahead and wear color simultaneously on eyes and lips. At J.Crew's spring show, the models wore mint green liner on the outer corners of their top and bottom lashes and matte orange lipstick—a shade that was more orange sherbet than coral. The trick is to keep the color on the eye very minimal so it just peeks through the lashes, while the rest of the face (and hair, we might add) stays clean and flawless. Bring a little life to your cheeks with coral blush swirled on the apples.
The new French manicure
Bing: Zoya Nail Lacquer
We never thought we'd say "cool" and "French manicure" in the same breath, but pairings of power pastels—like the combination of bold mint green (Zoya Nail Lacquer in Neely) and bright tangerine (Zoya Nail Lacquer in Sharon) on the tips at Peter Som—look fresh and not at all cheesy.
Bing: Nail art
A gingham print reminds us of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, which is fun and all, but it's about as girlie-girl as a pair of sparkly ruby red slippers. At Kate Spade, however, manicurist Deborah Lippmann created gingham-inspired nail art that was more femme fatale than farm girl. She used electric versions of familiar pastel shades like bubblegum pink, mandarin orange, sunshine yellow, and aqua blue on top of white nails that were filed into stiletto-shaped talons. We are definitely not in Kansas anymore.
Bing: Shimmer shadow
Add a layer of shimmer over a power pastel shadow and you'll re-create Pat McGrath's "Technicolor butterfly" look from Dior's spring show. "It's a new way of pushing color," she said of the bright pastels topped with Swarovski crystals. At home, keep the color concentrated on your lids and stretch it just past the outer corners. Then tap shimmer—in either a contrasting or matching shade—on top with your pointer finger. Our favorite summery combinations: blue glitter over seafoam green and sky blue over aquamarine. Don't forget black liner on the top lashes and lots of black mascara to bring your butterfly back down to earth.
Just a splash
"I was thinking about a really beautiful poolside day in Palm Springs," said makeup artist Sarah Lucero of her poppy pastel look at Rebecca Minkoff. We're thinking this is our new go-to summer makeup look: It's easy to create and it looks sexy. Lucero added a "splash of color" on the eyes with Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick, coloring it in the inner corners and bringing it onto to the inner half of the lids very slightly. She finished with a sexy flick of black cream liner and a peachy nude lip gloss. All you need after that is a bikini and a floppy sun hat.
Bubblegum pink lips
What makes pastel pink lipstick not look like something you'd see in a Nicki Minaj music video? Undertones that are less white and more purple. That's what makeup artist Jenna Menard made sure of backstage at Karen Walker, where she topped a pink-violet lipstick with two layers of powder eye shadow for a "luminous effect." For the summer, we suggest skipping the whole eye-shadow-on-lips thing and just finding a glossy lipstick, like Revlon Color Stay Suede Lipstick in High Heels. Rim your eyes with smudgy black pencil, too. This ensures they're defined, and that the Barbie-esque hue has a badass edge.