Last week I posted swatches of the eyeshadows from Shu Uemura’s new Spring Rebirth collection. There were five Easter egg-esque pastel colors in the group, each with an oh-so-purty white floral pattern, that promptly disappeared after I swatched ‘em!
- Pristine Green – light green (iridescent)
- Sun Stream – light pastel orange (iridescent)
- Earth Brown – warm brown (iridescent)
- Spring Breeze – light pastel purple (pearl)
- Yellow Elation – light yellow (pearl)
I’m not normally terribly attracted to pastel shades, but these colors are fun, easy to use, and have great color payoff. I combined them with Shu’s Tri-Color Eye Pencils (also from the Rebirth collection) and got in touch with my blossoming inner color diva.
The limited edition Tri-Color pencils, creme shadow pencils that can be used both as liner and eyeshadow base, come in two versions — cool-toned Aqua Flow and warm-toned Energy Flow ($25 each). Each “Flow” has three different colored pencil tips.
I really like these as a shadow base because they glide so easily onto lids and give the accompanying shadows a nice punch of color. The texture is thick without feeling heavy, and, remarkably, the formula lasts all day on my semi-oily eyelids. If you’ve got super oily lids, though, these might crease on ya after a few hours, so you might want to use a neutral colored lid primer beforehand! Utlimately, if you’re a fan of MAC Shadesticks, then you’ll dig these, fo’ sho.
To be honest, I rarely wear pastel colors on my eyes and didn’t really know what the heck to do with these colors! To get inspired I studied the Rebirth beauty shot…
And here’s what I came up with!
This was so much easier than I thought it would be!
First, grab the Energy Flow Tri-Color pencil and apply the yellow color directly beneath your brow bone, about 2/3 in from your outer brow. To the remaining 1/3, apply the orange color.
Now, smooth out any edges with a firm, flat brush like the MAC 239.
Next, apply the green shade from the Aqua Tri-Color pencil into your crease, going barely into the lid.
Directly beneath the green shade you just applied, add a thin layer of the yellow color from the Energy Flow pencil, and then an even thinner line of white right next to the lash line. Use the same 239 brush to smooth away any hard edges. The end result should look like a little something like this:
Use a crease brush to apply Pristine Green eyeshadow into your crease with a sweeping motion. For this I used a MAC 275 angled fluff brush with the pointy side facing my lash line.
Next, grab a thin pencil brush like the MAC 219 and apply a thin line of Yellow Elation eyeshadow onto the lid.
Blend out any hard lines with a blending brush like the MAC 217. Here’s what you should have so far:
Consider adding more definition to the crease by applying Spring Breeze eyeshadow with a crease brush in a sweeping motion. Here, I used a Sephora Shader Brush, a flat brush with a rounded tip.
Next, line the bottom lash line with the grey pencil tip from the Aqua Flow Tri-Color pencil.
Smudge Earth Brown eyeshadow on top of the grey layer you just added with a pencil tip brush.
Now, apply the white pencil to the inner lower lash line (the side closest to your nose)…
To complete the look, curl those lashes, add two coats of mascara on the tops and bottoms of your lashes (I used Shu Uemura’s Precise Volume Mascara Water Proof, $23), fill in your brows and you’re done!
Oh, and by the way, that’s Tranquil Pink Blush on my cheeks ($21) and Serene Pink Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($23), both also from Shu’s Rebirth collection.
This look makes me feel spring-y, happy and bright! If you are a neutrals kinda girl but want to try more adventurous looks, I can’t recommend the Rebirth Shu eyeshadows enough. The colors blend well and aren’t excessively bright or scary. I would even feel comfortable wearing this pastel look out in public.
It’s finally sunny here after what has seemed like weeks of steady rain, so it’s been a great Monday so far. I hope your week is off to a spiffy start and that your coffee has kicked in! What eye makeup are you rocking today? Any pastels or colors of note?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,