Welcome to Everyday Effortless by Klava Z, which is a beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.
This week I will show you how to achieve a fresh, clean and cute pink pastel makeup look that I called Spring Pastels.
Finally spring is here, though it took awhile for it to come to Ottawa. I’m starting to seriously consider my husband’s continuous suggestions that we should move somewhere warm permanently. Though I feel that I wouldn’t appreciate the season’s switch as much if I didn’t have the contrast of cold days of winter.
It’s already May and we are just seeing a bit of green peaking out of the buds on the trees. Every spring these young bright green little leaves make me want to sing out loud anticipating the wonderful warm days of summer! I’m eagerly awaiting the weather to finally settle on warm, so that I can switch to my spring/summer wardrobe. And together with my wardrobe I will be switching my makeup too.
This past fall and winter I really got into wearing deep pink and burgundy or nude tones on the lips, so I’m looking forward to changing my makeup towards light bright and fun options. Without fail every year there is a spring fashion and beauty trend that features pastels and floral patterns of some sorts. This season’s trends along with timid pops of colour of the first spring flowers here and there have inspired me to create this minimalistic pink pastel makeup look with just a hint of pink on the eyes and, you guessed it, pastel pink lips and cheeks. This is a great option if you want to add a hint of girly to a nude makeup look.
As always I try to create looks within this Beauty Series that are easy and fast to execute and this is definitely one of those. Pat on the eyes, flick of the mascara wand, blend the BB cream, swirl on the blush and slick on the lipstick and you are done! If you have time for a few extra details like sneaky eyeliner and brightened waterline – great! These tricks make the eyes stand out more. If you would like to learn more techniques and become a pro at your own makeup then see me for a private makeup lesson.
Apply a complexion product of your choice to achieve an even-toned skin with a natural finish. If you have any blemishes or red spots – cover them up with a concealer over top of your foundation and blend together. Since the colours of the makeup are subtle, the skin will be noticed more then if there was a more dramatic makeup look, so you want to make sure that it looks flawless.
After your skin is looking perfect – apply a light pink blush on the apples of the cheeks and along the front part of the cheekbones for a soft colour that looks like it’s just peeking through your skin.
I like to use cream eye-shadows, especially long-wearing ones, because they can be used as a primer for your powder eye-shadow for more longevity. I also love that they are easy to apply and blend with fingers. I liberally applied a pinky-nude cream eye-shadow Painterly Paintpot by MAC to the whole eyelid area for an even opaque (no skin showing) layer all over.
TECHINQUE – TIGHTLINING
I heard another artist calling it a sneaky liner and I like this name better. 🙂 I have discovered sneaky liner out of necessity. I have very blond lashes and I never liked that look of seeing blonde roots after mascara is applied. Tightlining takes care of that. It gives the eye almost an eye-liner like definition without having to apply an eye-liner! Sneaky, right? Added bonus – the lashes will look thicker as well because they will be darker in the base. Now that I have convinced you that you need to do tightlining, here is how to do it.
There are two ways to get to the base of the lashes: either gently place a finger on the lid and pull it up so that that the waterline of the upper lid is visible or tilt the head back and open the eyes wide until you can see the upper waterline in the mirror. Using a black waterproof eye-liner apply in short strokes to cover the waterline and also in between the lashes until you don’t see any skin between them but only pencil. Don’t be shy, dig it in to cover everything thoroughly but please don’t poke yourself.
It is important to choose a pencil that is REALLY waterproof and sets fast because you don’t want black smudging on the bottom waterline and running into the inner corners as well. Especially since in this look the bottom waterline is actually lined with a nude colour pencil to brighten up the eyes a bit and make them look more open. Now that’s a great trick for covering any redness on the lower waterline. I used a concealer pencil but a white, nude, light pink or light gold colour could also work well.
The lips were painted with a Barbie pink lipstick and a layer of creamy pink lip gloss was added to mute the colour of the lipstick and make it more pastel-like.
Here is what I used to achieve this look.
Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black. This is a retractable pen with exceptional colour payoff that has a built-in sharpener (so handy). It is described as a long lasting waterproof eye-liner and it is certainly that! This is one of the few pencils I will trust the job of staying on my waterline. Sometimes it does need to be warmed up a bit on the hand first for a smoother glide.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly. This is a creamy high-pigmented long-wearing eyeshadow that sets to an intense finish. It blends super smoothly and creates buildable coverage. It doesn’t streak or crease even on my oily eyelids for good 8 hours. I actually use this formula everyday in different colours as my eyeshadow primer or as an eyeshadow on its own.
Burberry Curve Lash Mascara in Ebony. I haven’t tried this mascara out myself, only on the models a few times, so I can’t talk much about the formula. It seemed to build decent volume on the lashes. I did like the brush – it is small and designed to coat even the most delicate lashes – making it ideal for shorter, flatter lashes.
MAC Chromographic Pencil NC15/NW20. It’s almost like a concealer in a creamy pencil that glide on easily and smoothly. This flesh-toned shade works really well on the lower waterline to open up and brighten the eye.
Burberry Cheek Glow Blush in Misty. This lightweight powder blush can really enhance the look of skin with its subtle healthy radiance. It is ultra-blendable and buildable which makes it a breeze to apply. Usually I really dislike brush applicators that come in blush compacts as most of those stiff synthetic brushes will not provide a smooth application. This one is made out of natural hair and is great for touch ups. The colour is a pale, light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish.
MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil in Tease Me. A hybrid between a pencil and a lipstick this product glides on smooth for a rich and matte finish. It has an intense impact of a lipstick and the ease of application of a pencil. I like using chubby pencils like this on my lips because I can be more precise with the application. I really like the fun Barbie pink colour of this lip pencil!
Burberry Kisses Gloss in Fondant Pink. It is important to me that a lipgloss feels comfortable on the lips – and this one does, it’s completely non-sticky and I can feel it’s hydrating properties on the lips right away. The finish is super shiny and buildable, so that I can start with just a subtle dewy finish and intensify for an extra wet look. It’s a light creamy pink gloss.
GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK
Since the eyes were pretty much nude, that’s where I decided to add more makeup to give this look a bit of a twist. I wanted to stay with the pastel tones to keep the softness of this look, so I added a seafoam-grey eyeshadow to the eyes. A few years ago I went through a stage of wearing different shades of cool toned green colours, like pistachio, seafoam or muted turquoise and creating this look made me want to wear them again. I applied the eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eyelid and blended it along and above the crease. A muted grey pencil was used along the upper lash line, a bit on the outer part of the lower lash line and winged out ever so slightly to enhance the almond eye shape of the model.
And here it is – a spring inspired pink pastel makeup look. I hope you will give it a try! It’s a fun one! Don’t forget to snap and picture of yourself and post your interpretation of this look on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.
Come back soon to check out the next new look and tips on how to achieve it! And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration and to see what I’m up to.
Have an effortless beauty day!