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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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