Pastels for summer: actually groundbreaking

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More often than not, people think pastel makeup is sweet, soft, and girly. While that can be true, cotton-candy hues can also be glamorous, unconventional, and intensely sexy. Take this glossy lilac eye on Rosie, for instance. Here, Katie Jane Hughes played with different textures and finishes of eyeshadow, then layered a slick gloss on top. It all adds up to a more daring take on pastels—and a very good reason to re-create the look yourself.

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To hydrate and prep the skin for makeup, Hughes massaged Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream on RHW’s face and neck, adding a bit of Lano 101 ointment where needed. A thin layer of Laura Mercier Bare Radiance Tinted Moisturizer helped even out the skin. Using a large fluffy shadow brush, she used Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium “for intensified coverage,” plus Rosie for Autograph Amazing Skin Secret Concealer around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Finally, she dusted on translucent powder with a Jenny Patinkin Kitten Paw brush to eliminate shine.


Using a tapered blending brush, Hughes applied a base of Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color in Shobu Purple and Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Fairy Wings, a limited-edition color. (If you can’t track it down, try the shade Crystal Ball instead.)

Next, using a small flat eyeshadow brush, she lightly buffed Glossier Lidstar in Lily all over the eye, blending out at the edges. For a brightening effect, Hughes pressed Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow in Amoureux into the inner corners of RHW’s eyes. MAC Clear Gloss all over the lids provided a vinyl-like shine.


To emphasize RHW’s cheekbones, Hughes used a two-step process for blush. First, using her fingertips, she blended Cle de Peau Cream Blush #4 into skin for a “stain-like” effect. A light sweep of Ambition powder blush, from the NARS Narsissist Wanted II blush palette, added a hint of coral to cheeks.


Hughes traced RHW’s lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Stripdown, then used a brush to paint a mix of MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Driftwood and Rosie For Autograph lipstick in Nude Mink.

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Manicurist Millie Machado painted RHW’s nails with Revlon nail enamel in Romantique, a creamy and warm pink.


For this tousled style, Christian Wood refreshed the blow-dry and style he had created earlier in the day. (Pro tip: Misting on a small amount of water will reactivate your styling products so that you can re-dry and re-style if needed.)


Photographer: Kai Z Feng
Makeup: Katie Jane Hughes
Hair: Christian Wood
Manicure: Millie Machado
Styled by Forward by Elyse Walker
Producer: Lily Berg
Editor: Annie Tomlin


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  1. isabella

    I think pastel colors for summer is sweet and there is a certain beauty in colors so vivid and neutral at the same time. I love this nude mink lipstick, I have two, because if I lose one, I have another. The texture of the lipstick is incredible. I love the color.

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