5 Ways To Re-Work Your Noughties Pastel Eyeshadow, According To The A-List

Shimmery candy pastels are back.

Pastel Eyeshadow Trend

Ridiculously sticky pink glitter lip gloss, Rachel Green-style feathered layers and black kohl eyeliner - they've all got one thing in common. Yup, for better or worse each one of these iconic noughties beauty trends is having a resurgence.

The latest retro addition? Shimmery pastel eyeshadow. Once relegated to the crumbling eyeshadow quad we picked up in Superdrug for worryingly less than we spent on our school lunches, rainbow pastel eyeshadow is back. And the A-listers are into it.

From Elle Fanning's lime green cat eye, to Demi Lovato's matchy matchy lilac shadow and slip dress, pastel brights have officially worked their way back onto the beauty agenda.

No longer just for school discos, this is how to work multi-coloured eyeshadow the 2017 way. R.I.P. nude smokey eye.

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Feeling Green

Who's wearing it... Elle Fanning working lime green eyeshadow with a bold black cat eye means pop art eye make-up is officially back on the fashion agenda. Neutral smokey eye who?

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How to keep the noughties at bay... If you're worried that sweeping shimmery green eyeshadow onto your lids is a little close to your secondary school disco days then do as Philip Plein SS18 does and opt for a softer wash in a blue-toned hue. Less lime, more fashwun. And you can keep the Elle Fanning cat eye too.

Try... Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Aqua Green no.39, £23

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Sunset Orange

Who's wearing it... Yara Shahidi, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, name a celeb and you're almost guaranteed they've rocked orange eyeshadow in the last six months.

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How to keep the noughties at bay... Immediately easier to pull off  thanks to the warm tone, make your orange a matte and go the opposite of green aka bold and bright paint swatch style.

Try...Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Eye Matte Duo in Saphir and Orange Vif, £48

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Sky Blue

Who's wearing it... Vanessa Hudgens, Lily Collins and Jennifer Connelly all stepped out with an ode to the 80s/00s (isn't cyclical fashion a wonderful thing?) via pastel blue eyeshadow. 

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How to keep the noughties at bay... Stick to one rule - up or down. Yup, it's all about either applying pastel blue eyeshadow in a clean dome shape on your upper eyelid, or drawn along your lower lash line with a smudgy finish. But bring the two together and be warned, you're in pastel noughties-ville and just a handkerchief top away from a make-up faux pas.

Try...RMS Beauty Cream Eye Polish in Inspire, £26

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Purple Haze

Who's wearing it... Possibly the most noughties pastel eyeshadow shade of all of them, Demi Lovato went matchy matchy with colour co-ordinated lilac eyes and a 90s inspired slip dress. Just all the decades really.

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How to keep the noughties at bay... Bear with us on this one, because purple can be pretty. Leave the colour co-ordination to the A-list and go for a pop of purple on your lids (rather than an entire outfit). A super sheer wash of blue-toned eyeshadow or a hint of plum mascara on your lashes will make eyes pop with little to no effort.

Try...NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Strada, £19

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Egg Yolk Yellow

Who's wearing it... Standout acknowledgement goes to Margot Robbie and her buttercup yellow lids. A modernist take on traditional romantic make-up, that's how you make blue eyes look even bluer.

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How to keep the noughties at bay... Embrace your inner new romantic by swapping your go-to taupe eyeshadow for a muted yellow shade to define your eye socket and lightly line your lower lids. For those wanting more of a Margot-esque pop of colour, dab a dot of bright yellow in the inner corner of your eye in place of highlighter. Think less Lichtenstein comic book girl, more high fashion heroine.

Try... 3INA The Shadow Paint in 701, £8.95

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