Candy-Coated Color: How To Make Pastels Pop All Summer Long
Pastels aren't just for Easter anymore. Around here, we're obsessed with pastels for summer, because they're as bold as brights, yet keep you looking sweet — even in the 90-degree heat. Bonus? These creamy, taffy-colored shades look even better with sun-kissed summer skin.
Ahead, our 5 favorite ways to wear pastels when the heat is on — plus the coolest Maybelline makeup looks to make 'em pop. Read on — and get ready to refresh your summer wardrobe with a little sorbet.
Modeled by Chen Hongjin at Muse; Styled by Emily Barnes; Makeup by Katie Mellinger; Hair by Bethany Brill.
For the beach, choose candy colors that'll help you beat the heat — like this icy blue, off-the-shoulder top. Add contrast, courtesy of a striped bikini and sunny orange lip, and voilà — you've got yourself summer's most flattering look.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Vibrant Mandarin 885, $7.49, available at Maybelline; Joie Sweater, available at Joie; Giejo Mixed Boybrief Bikini Bottom, $95, available at Madewell; A Peace Treaty Tazerbo Amazonite Necklace, $220, available at Shopbop; Zoë Chicco Necklace; Charlotte Olympia Darcy Printed Ballerina Flats, $695, available at Neiman Marcus.
Mix a two-tone playsuit with beyond-bold shoes and a smokin' red lip, and you'll prove that pastels can be as red-hot as any bright.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Neon Red 890, $7.49, available at Maybelline; Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal in Gold Rush 65, $6.99, available at Maybelline; Charlotte Ronson Romper, available at Charlotte Ronson; House of Lavande Everglades Wood Earrings, $1,053, available at Luisa Via Roma.
Easter-egg yellow and cool sky blue pop like crazy against papaya-colored flats and a plum-pink lip — Consider this your master's class in mixing pastels.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Hot Plum 900, $7.49, available at Maybelline; Tome Blouse, available at American Two Shot; Rachel Zoe Trousers, available at Shopbop; House of Lavande Everglades Wood Collar Necklace, $2,485, available at Luisa Via Roma; Jenni Kayne Suede d’Orsay Flats, $450, available at Shopbop.
The key to making head-to-toe pink look polished — not princess-y? Choose a modern, buttoned-up silhouette, sophisticated red lip, and opt for on-trend silver shoes, not stilettos. We promise, no one'll confuse you for one of The Plastics.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in On Fire Red 895, $7.49, available at Maybelline; Confezioni Crosby Ultralight Coverall, $215, available at Gargyle; Robert Clergerie Bison Sandals, $550, available at Totokaelo; Giles & Brother Victory Cab Bracelet, $195, available at Giles & Brother.
A softly structured neoprene top, retro platforms, and a shocking coral lip aren't exactly your typical date-night look, but we adore this modern spin on feminine.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Shocking Coral 870, $7.49, available at Maybelline; Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded 70, $6.99, available at Maybelline; Kaelen Neoprene Peplum Top, $475, available at Shopbop; Porter Grey Shorts; Rachel Zoe Lexi Raffia Platform Sandals, $355, available at Shopbop.