7 Ways to Work Luminous Pastels Into Your Beauty Look This Spring

For those looking for an easier way to get into the Sea Punk/Soft Grunge Pastel trend, this spring's beauty launches are full of iridescent colored cosmetics, mermaid-inspired nails and soft pastel hair dyes.
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For those looking for an easier way to get into the Sea Punk/Soft Grunge Pastel trend, this spring's beauty launches are full of iridescent colored cosmetics, mermaid-inspired nails and soft pastel hair dyes.
Left: Shu Uemura Campaign

Left: Shu Uemura Campaign

Iridescent pastels were all over the spring 2014 runways, and now there's a slew of newly launched products -- shimmery cosmetics, mermaid-inspired nails and soft pastel hair dyes -- to help achieve the look this spring.

Some beauty looks can have wonderful editorial appeal, but are difficult to translate to real, everyday life (unless, perhaps, you're a devil-may-care teenager). Run a search for "sea punk pastels" on Pinterest or Google images, and you'll see what I mean: a parade of vivid blues, pinks, violets, greens, multi-colored bright hair and ombre outfits that make the women beneath all that color look like walking mermaids on Prozac.

However, it's the subtler looks -- the soft pink hair, the shimmering eyeshadow and glowing, ethereal skin -- that we can translate more easily (and with more flattering results) to everyday life. Most of the new hair chalks and dyes are non-permanent, for example, so if you fancied adding a little to pink to your blonde this weekend (as Eliza did), you could. Even more flattering are the blushes. And, as ever, the easiest way to try a trend is through your nails -- most of us can get away with a bit of glitter in the office.

Here are some of our top product recommendations if you want to work some luminous pastels into your spring beauty routine without going overboard.

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Shu Uemura Bijoux Collections Nail Colors in Green Pearl and Lavender Pearl

To me, these iridescent rainbow-like shimmering pastel polishes sum up the entire trend. A couple of coats will give you a beautiful spring pastel nail color, but with added shine.

Shu Uemura Bijoux nail polish, $18, available at shuuemura-usa.com.

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Guerlain Gloss D’Enfer in 900 Star Dust

This gloss can be used on its own for a subtle shimmery lip or used on top of your favorite spring color.

Guerlain Gloss D’Enfer, $30, available at Sephora.

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Shu Uemura Bijoux Collection Silk Cushion Eye Shadow in Morganite Pink, Amethyst Purple and Peridot Green

These spring pastel shimmer shades are marbled with the silvery-white "Pearly Carat" to bring out the luminosity of each shade.

Shu Uemura Bijoux Collection Silk Cushion Eye Shadow, $22, available at shuuemura-usa.com.

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Aveda Culture Clash Collection Petal Essence Eye Colors in Peony Blush, Seafoam Green and New Lilac

With a mix of shimmer and matte formulas, these single eye colors can be bought and used individually or brushed on together to get a more defined look.

Aveda Culture Clash Collection Petal Essence Eye Colors, $14, available at Aveda.com.

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YSL Rosy Blush

This almost looks too pretty to use -- but you're going to, because it is so worth it. It's a stunning matte pink blush mixed with a gold highlighter to give your cheeks color and shimmer at the same time.

YSL Rosy Blush, $46, available at yslbeautyus.com.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

If we're talking about the latest shimmering products, we can’t not mention Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Blush. After the success of its Ambient Lighting Powders, these are a beautiful mix between a highlighter and blush. Sweep from your apples to your temple for a truly ethereal look.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, $35, available at Sephora.

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Sephora Collection Pastel Hair Chalk

Hair chalks and dyes are hardly new, but the three pastel shades from The Sephora Collection - pink, lilac and turquoise -- are the perfect colors to achieve the My Little Pony-esque hair.

Sephora Collection Pastel Hair Chalk, $12, available at Sephora.

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