Understated Statement: Metallics & Pastels

THE prettiest shades of pale with a ‘lil bit of edge.

YOU know what’s better than pastel? Pastel with a kick. We’re talking shimmer. Both metallics and pastels are having a moment in the make-up world right now and there’s a way to combine the two into one totally mesmerising look. Pastel colours veer into the sweet category, while a metallic finish adds an element of glam. Here are some of our product picks plus celebrity approved tips to get on board with the trend. We’re officially declaring all of these everyday shades. Yay!



MOST pastel eyeshadows tend to be matte. A great tip to give lids soft depth and dimension is to use a sheer, translucent, highlighting eyeshadow only at the crease of the lid from inner to outer corner to contour the lid.

Millie Bobby Brown

FOR darker skin tones, it can be a challenge to find a pastel-metal shade that follows through with enough pigment. To help intensify the colour, use foundation on eyelids first, and set with a sheer white eyeshadow.

Yara Shahidi

IF you’re not a fan of colourful shadows or lips, use a subtle pastel shade that illuminates when priming and finishing off your complexion. This helps to brighten your face, while also bringing in pastels and metallics.

APPLYING pastel shadow or liner along the top or bottom lash line makes for a playful accent.

Leomie Anderson

SWEEP soft pinks on the lids and/or lips, and cover cheeks with matching blush. This look is minimal and never looks overdone.

Jenna Coleman

WHILE it’s a good idea to skip a thick line of black eyeliner when using pastels, it’s still important to define the eye area. Opt for lashes, if drama is what you’re after. So cool it please, Miss Minaj.

Jennifer Lopez

Blush In Coral Sugar: R495, Bobbi Brown, Pure Colour Love Lipstick In Beam Me: R325, Estee Lauder, Infallible Gel Crayon In Va-Va-Voom Violet: R159.95, L’Oreal Paris And Colorstay Creme Eye Shadow In Honey: R84, Revlon

Killing It Holographic Halo Cream Liner: R199.95, NYX, Heaven’s Hue Highlighter In Transcendence: R610, Stila And Masterpiece Colour Precision Eyeshadow In Icicle Rose: R129.95, Max Factor