If you thought pastel eye makeup was only for preteens and the runway, you're wrong! You can wear lilac and mint shades (even though Easter is weeks off yet). Mark. celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles reveals how any woman can conquer the fairer shades of the spectrum, no matter your skin tone.
1. Prime Lids: Pastel colors have a tendency to fade or look ashy — especially on darker skin tones. So that pastel pigments stay true to their color, Stiles recommends first using an eye shadow primer or concealer to lay the base. Stiles's favorite shades for Spring are seafoam green, coral, and vibrant blues.
2. Add Black: If you're looking to balance the sweetness of pastel eye makeup, incorporate a dose of black. Black liquid liner and lots of inky mascara lend a much-needed edge, resulting in a modern, not immature, effect.
3. Combine Colors: It's OK to mix colors when you wear pastels. One way to temper the light hue is to add a complementary darker shade on the outer corners of the lid, leaving the pastel to brighten the inner corners. Also, try keeping the color close to the lash line or in the waterline. Then use a taupe shadow in the crease. For the more daring, pair pastels with a touch of colored mascara on lower lashes.