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Pastel Power Makeup - Go Light For Spring 2009

Posted Feb 26 2009 12:00am

The Fall New York Fashion Week 2009 collection gave us all some makeup inspiration that we can use right now for Spring! PASTELS! That's right, one of the biggest hits of fashion week was the Barbie Runway Show where all the models rocked pretty pastel makeup! What a fabulous idea to watch living dolls walk down the catwalk, right?!

All of our favorite designers like Calvin Klein and Diane Von Furtstenberg created looks inspired by the 50 year old Barbie icon while models strutted their perfectly coiffed hair and bodies down the runway. This pic is of a wrap dress made famous by Diane herself for the show.

Now pastels when worn during the spring and summer months make more sense, because most of our skin is a bit warmer and has more color which makes this palette a bit more wearable. I know the word "pastel" creates fear in some and reminds you of your least favorite aunt who always smelled funny at family gatherings- but that's an old mentality.

Here is how to wear pastels in 09:

1. Pick one feature to wear one color on and don't wear that color all over! Like this model at the top of the page - she's doing pastel lilac on her eyes and then a shade of pastel pink on the lips. She's NOT doing lilac on her eyes, lips, and cheeks - for a reason. Try MAC's Cremesheen Glass lipgloss ($18) in Ever So Rich (awesome name), which is a great way to wear sheer lilac. So sweet.

2. For everyday wear on the eyes, just do a light sweep of color to get the right amount of subtle impact. And just use it on the upper eyelid - no lower lashes please. Try Revlon's new Matte line in Peach Sorbet ($5). What a perfect way to look like Peaches and Cream Barbie from the 80's right??

3. When in doubt of what pastel color to go with- choose pink. It's the most universal of the pastels that everyone can wear. And the most obvious and easiest place to wear pink is on the cheeks.

4. If you're scared to wear pastel on your face- wear it on your nails!! How easy is that?? OPI makes some great ones in their Bright's Group, like Gargantuan Green Grape or Hey Get in Lime - two very wearable pastel green shades.

So have fun trying your hand and looking like our favorite girly icon, Miss Barbie. No blue eyes and blonde hair necessary.

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