Ready to look like a Barbie Doll? This pastel spring makeup tutorial will show you how.
Pastel Spring Makeup Tutorial for Acne-Prone Skin
It officially being spring makes us want to slip into an oversized white button down shirt, black ankle jeans and get down in the middle of a dance floor like Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. What we’re trying to say is that spring makes us happy. So happy we could dance.
Another thing that makes us happy is a great makeup tutorial. A great tutorial means the discovery of a new look and nothing makes us happier than another opportunity to put our brushes and pigments to good use.
This tutorial by Em from My Pale Skin is a must-see. The final look comprises of a glittery pink eyeshadow and bold bright pink lipstick that screams Springtime is here!
Want a peek?
Keep scrolling for the step-by-step guide.
The moisturizer used in this tutorial is Nivea Cream Original Moisturizing Cream.
Prime face. Feel free to stick with your go-to primer (Smashbox!) or use the one Em uses, which is Pixi by Petra Pore Minimizing Primer.
To prep the lips for lipstick application, apply a moisture-rich lip balm such as Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Cream.
Time to move on to foundation. Em mixes MAC Prep + Prime BB Cream in Extra Light and MAC Mineralize Foundation in NC15.
Apply concealer on any blemishes or dark spots with your fingers. Lightly tap the product into the skin to blend.
Now you’re going to conceal under the eye area and add brightness to the face by applying concealer on other areas, such as the bridge of the nose and middle of the forehead. The concealer Em uses is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 01 Chantilly.
First blend the concealer with your fingers, then buff onto the skin.
Set foundation and concealer with setting powder. The one used here is Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder.
Add warmth to your face with a bronzer by applying it along the edge of the face and under the cheekbones. Our favorite bronzer is the one in Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, but she uses Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre Shade #52.
Let’s get on to blush, shall we? To stick with the theme of the look, opt for a light pink blush, one the color of wispy cotton candy.
After blush you’re going to apply your highlighter. The one used in this tutorial is Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette, but you can use whichever highlighter you already have. One that we recently tried and absolutely fell in love with is Jouer’s Liquid Luminizer (but that’s something we’ll get into soon). 😉
With your fingers, dab highlighter onto your cheekbones, along the bridge of your nose and above your cupid’s bow.
To prime eyes and even out skin tone, Em uses MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Apply it over the eyelids.
After priming the eyes, move on to the eyebrows. She uses Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown to fill in her brows. Fill in the brows naturally; no one likes looking at two hand-drawn caterpillars resting above your eyes. No one.
Let’s move on to eyeshadow. The palette she uses is Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette Iconic #3 which is a dupe for Urban Decay Naked 3. You can also use Maybelline The Blushed Nudes as a drugstore alternative.
First start with a matte mid-tone rose brown shade and work it into the crease with a windshield wiper motion.
With a darker pinkish brown shade, a little closer to plum than it is to pink, go into the inner and outer V of the eyes and work the shadow to create a frame of definition.
Take a pink shimmery shade and pack it on to the center of the lids.
With a big fluffy brush, blend the eyeshadow together. You don’t want any harsh lines.
Ready for some glitter? To do this, lightly dab primer onto the center of your lids. The primer used in this tutorial is E.L.F. Cosmetics Glitter Primer.
After dabbing your primer, it’s time for the fun part: MAC Cinderella Collection in Reflects Pearl. You may use any white or pale pink glitter.
Apply the glitter to the center of the eye, over the pink eyeshadow, with an eyeshadow brush.
Blend your transitions with a large, fluffy brush.
With a small pencil brush, take the plum color and run it along the lower lash line.
To make your eyes pop, add a bit of highlighter to the inner corner of the eyes.
Tightline the eyes with a black eyeliner. The one used here is Maybelline Big Eyes Liner.
With nude liner or the other side of the Maybelline pencil, line the lower waterline.
After lining your waterline, apply falsies. In the tutorial, she applies her falsies without first applying mascara, but we always like to apply mascara first and then apply our false eyelashes. For us, the hold is better and the finish is more natural.
Now you’re going to take the lightest shade in your eyeshadow palette and apply it under the brow bone. You may also do this with highlighter.
Line your lips with MAC Liner in Hip N Happy.
Go over it with Nyx Cosmetics Lipstick in Sweet Pink.
Move over, Molly Ringwald; this is what Pretty in Pink really looks like.
Watch the full tutorial below.
Isn’t this a beautiful spring look? This tutorial even doubles as a primer for applying flawless makeup on acne-prone skin.
If you have acne-prone skin, know there is hope. I suffered from acne for the longest time and have only recently started to get it under control. My secret? Eating alkaline. You can read about my experience switching to an alkaline diet here.
For scrubs and masks that heal dry, irritated skin, check out these DIY beauty recipes.