Pastel party

It's just the right time to seek pastel perfection, writes Emma-Charlotte Bangay...

With spring only a matter of weeks away, now is the perfect time to play around with cosmetic pastel colours such as lilac, butter, baby blue, watermelon, tangerine and pink.

But tread lightly: all-over colour only suits clowns, so choose one feature; eyes, lips or cheeks, and apply pretty pastel there.

This subtle hint of spring and summer shades will not only keep you bang on-trend, but your complexion will appear more vibrant, your eyes brighter, lips fuller and cheeks flushed to perfection.

Complexion:

Anchor your look with the Natio Terracotta Rose Bronzing Palette, $15.95 – which is my pick from the new Rosy Reflections Range (pictured).

A silky-smooth matte bronzer with mineral pigments to help mattify the skin and reduce shine, it’s also enriched with a blend of Aloe and Vitamins C and E to help to hydrate and soften skin.

Cheeks:

L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Candycane pink, $25.95, is incredibly soft and glides easily over the cheeks to deliver a fresh, flushed flash of gorgeous, glow.

Featuring light-reflecting ultra-fine pearlescent particles, this blush melts delicately onto the skin infusing it with Vitamin C for extra radiance. The best bit? It looks truly natural.

Lips:

Clinique Chubby Sticks, $35, are now available in eight easy-on-the eye shades, including Mighty Mimosa, Curvy Candy, Pudgy Peony and Voluptuous Violet – all heaving with vivid colour and high-octane moisturising benefits.

Infused with Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, Chubby Stick are neither a lipstick or gloss, but rather, the best of both!

Eyes:

Ulta 3 Eyeshadow Palette in Island Oasis, $6.95 boasts 4 complementary shades in a silky-soft buildable formula, allowing you to play with a little – or a whole lot – of pastel. 

Tip: Start off light and go from there, beginning with the most neutral shade and then gently highlight along the lash line and gradually over the ‘moveable’ eyelid to create depth with a ‘warmer’ shade.

Nails:

Maybelline Nail Polish Mini Mani’s, $5.95 are for those who want to keep their spring shades subtle. This budget buy allows you to play with one – or more – fun flirty shades including Tutti Fruity, Sweet Candy, Bubblicious and Marshmallow – that won’t budge for 7 days.

Change your mind? Change your mani! At this price, you can afford to.