#TrialATrend: Punchy Pastels

This spring is pretty, with a twist

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By Joely Walker

Have you got your new April issue in hand? Turn to the beauty section on page 285 to see how punchy pastels set the tone for the new issue – this spring is pretty, with a twist.

The Trend:

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My first thought? It’s going to be one of those ‘appreciate on the models/catwalk looks ridiculous in real life’ type of scenarios. Here goes nothing…

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I pile on my trusted Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and blend in with a Cover FX Foundation Brush for a dewy, medium-coverage finish (I’m not going into pastel eye territory without some major complexion back-up).

Next, I rummaged through the beauty cupboards to find a pastel green and baby blue eyeshadows. Blue was easy, I found a Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Palette in Serene with a range of different blue hues to play around with but green? Not so easy to find, even in our overflowing cupboard of all the latest products; I take this as a sign that it’s not going to go well.

Finally I stumble across a cream based green Diego Dalla Palma chunky Dual Color Eye Pencil & Kajal in 59, which I apply and blend in with my finger into an almond shape. I then repeat with the blue shadow and a brush on my opposite eye.

I embrace my bedhead (aka unwashed, greasy) hair and bung it up into a messy bun. Voila.

The result: Nobody in the office believed I would wear this out of choice, and several colleagues called me out on it. Jamie, Picture Assistant?: ‘erm, interesting #TrialATrend look you’re going for’. Phoebe, Art Designer, ‘I don’t like it’. Ah, all in a days work…

Not one I’ll be coveting again in the office, but who knows maybe I’ll add it to my festival repertoire.

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