How To Make Pastels Sexy
Time to change up your hair? From pinks to blue, this season celebs like January Jones and Katy Perry have been adding all kinds of pastels to their hair. Start with a small streak underneath your locks, and go for a color that pops out occasionally. When you’re feeling bold, try the Katy Perry, full-head-of-blue-hair look to have all eyes on you.
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When it comes to spring nails, pastels have always been on trend. For a more exotic manicure this year, try an unusual nail color, like Essie Who’s The Boss ($8, Zappos.com), a creamy, green-blue hybrid. For an extra bit of oomph, add a glittery topcoat, says Elle, Essie’s celebrity manicurist. “If you want to bring it to a more evening or festive look, you could add on Essie’s glitter Luxeffects [$8, Essie.com] and really mix it up,” Elle said. “With two bottles of polish, you can make up to six original looks.”
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This spring, take a break from your beloved pants and pick up a pair of pastel cropped jeans from Not Your Daughter’s Jeans ($84, Nydj.com). These jeans are super comfortable, but what we really love is the little booty lift they provide. Slimming your waist and hugging curves in all the right places, these jeans just might be our new faves.
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If shadow isn’t your thing, invest in a pastel eyeliner this season to highlight your eyes. We recommend selecting a shade close to your eye color, just to draw them out. For brown eyes, try a pale golden color, for blue eyes try a powdery, sky-blue, and for green, a light mint, like Pencil Me In Glamorous Glitter eyeliner ($26.50 for set, Dermstore.com).
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The trick to spicing up a pastel lip color is using a generous amount of gloss. Nothing screams “kiss me,” like a perfectly glossy pout, so we recommend skipping lipstick altogether and using a highly pigmented gloss. One of our favorites? M.A.C. Cremesheen Glass in Private Screening ($19.50, Maccosmetics.com). This mid-tone peach is very feminine, but with plenty of shine, it has major sex appeal, too.
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For the girl who loves shoes, we’ve just found the best way to add pastels to your wardrobe. Espadrilles and pastel pumps are very trendy this season, so why not pick a pair like Jessica Simpson ‘Scarletta’ Pump in Miss Piggy/Blue ($98, Shop.nordstrom.com)? With a LBD or a pair of silk shorts, a pastel heel will give you some extra height and draw attention to your legs.
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Whoever said pastel sweaters were for grandma hasn’t found their perfect fit yet. The thing that makes pastel sweaters androgynous is the fit, not the color. Instead of a traditional hip-hitting cardigan, try a midriff-bearing wrap sweater, like the Top Shop Knitted Fluffy Ballet Wrap ($90, Us.topshop.com), paired with a dark legging. Did someone say va-va-voom?
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Wearing eyeshadow is one of the best ways to wear spring shades without overdoing it. Pastels make great shadow colors, day and night. For a clean day look, try a pigmented baby pink color, like Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Quad in Q11 Rose Tones ($37, Sephora.com). Heading out for the evening? Simply touch up your shadow, and add a black liquid liner for a look that makes your eyes pop.
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Face it: Some days we just wake up looking less than sparkly. It’s times like these we know we can count on our lashes to pull it together and bring light into our faces. Regardless of the lashes you have, there’s always a way to make them look longer and fuller. For spring, we recommend trying geoGiRL (ForYourEyesOnly) Feather Lash Mascara in Blue ($4.30, Drugstore.com). Though the color doesn’t look too pale in the bottle, it comes out very light and adds clump-free volume to your peepers.
Just because we’re getting fit for summer doesn’t mean we can’t look cute doing it. We love all the colorful sports bras that have been hitting stores lately, like the Lululemon Deep Breath Bra in Lavender Dusk ($48, Lululemon.com). Pick a shade that contrasts your top for a pop of color to your sexy, sweaty look.
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