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Posted Sun, March 20, 2011 10:10am EDT

Spring Eyeshadow Guide: How You Can Wear Pastels!

Enjoying the warmer weather? Shake up your beauty look for Spring with some new eyeshadows! Here are some tips on wearing this season’s hottest pastel shades!

It’s time to ditch the heavy coats, bring out the skirts and show some leg!  Now that the weather is warming up, we’re ditching the dark shadows and going for lighter, pastel colors. Find out how you can achieve a fun and flirty springtime look!

Playing with pastels can be tricky — we have to ditch the black, brown and grey and dabble in some green, purple and yellow. How do you get this bright and cheerful look? Melissa Schweiger, author of  Sephora: Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority offers some helpful tips on wearing pastels.

From neutral brown tones to pretty pinks and purples, there’s a bunch of amazing spring eyeshadow palettes to choose from. Taking a walk in the park or in the office all day, these pastels give you that fresh spring feel.

The whole idea is to make your eyes the primary focus on the face,  Melissa says: “When wearing pastels on the eyes, stick to neutrals everywhere else, otherwise it can end up reading to pageant-y.” She suggests using a bronze cheek color and nude lips.

Prep your eyes to make your eyeshadow last all day. “As with any eyeshadow, especially pastels, it’s super-important to use a base so the color doesn’t crease.” Melissa’s favorite primer is Urban Decay Primer Potion. “It’s like glue for eyeshadow!”

Check out some new Spring palettes below and master this trend for yourself!

–Amanda Chen

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Dior 5-Color Eyeshadow in Rosy Nude, $58 Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Amethyst Glam, $48 tokidoki Cromatico Eyeshadow Palette in Polpettina, $25 Urban Decay Naked Palette, $48
Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Truth, $34 Tarte TEN limited Edition Collector’s Palette, $44 Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Palette, $50 NARS Trio Eyeshadow in Calanque, $45
MAC Wonder woman Eyeshadow x4 in Defiance, $40 Maybelline Expertwear Quad Eyeshadow in Sunlit Bronze, $4.99 Hello Kitty Say Hello Palette, $35 LORAC Multiplex 3D Eye Shadow Palette, $38