pastel eyeshadow

Pastel Eyeshadow Is Our Favorite Spring Beauty Trend

Shop our nine current favorites.

By: Isabella Sarlija

Spring is one of our absolute favorite times of the year, especially when it comes to our beauty routine. Heavy creams are swapped out for lighter gel moisturizers, and our darker, moody makeup gives way to pretty warm-weather looks. Of course, things are quite different this year, in that we won’t be going to dinner at our favorite restaurants, let alone planning weekend getaways with the people we love. However, this shouldn’t discourage us from enjoying this season of regeneration. And if you love beauty as much as we do, we highly recommend diving into the world of pastel eyeshadows.

This ’90s staple has come a long way in the past 30 years, although we still appreciate the occasional Britney throwback post. Thankfully, whether it is through a pop of liner or a hazy wisp of shadow, today’s beauty mavens have been able to take those same sea-foam greens and baby blues and give them a modern twist. If you still need a bit more inspiration, just take a look at these designs.



Try out one of these beautiful bright shadows on your daily sanity walk around the neighborhood, and you, too, can pretend it’s just another normal spring day.

Violet Voss Sugar Crystals Eyeshadow Palette, $42

A versatile palette for all your pastel needs. Whether you want to create a matte haze around your eye, or have a colorful pop of shimmer on your brow bone or inner corner, this palette is worth every penny.

M.A.C. Cosmetics Matte Eyeshadow in Samoa Silk, $17

Throughout the years, one thing in our respective beauty collections has never changed: a M.A.C single shadow. If you haven’t had the chance to give this formula a whirl (which you really should), know that it is one of the fiercest shadows we’ve ever used. It clings to the skin for hours while still remaining easy to blend. This pretty peach works amazingly well to brighten the lower lash line.

Kosas 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow in Waterfall, $28

Although we don’t have use for on-the-go products during these times, that doesn’t mean we cannot appreciate their ease. With just a swipe onto the lid and a few pats of the finger to blend, this clean shadow is as efficient as it is pretty. This formula dries pretty quickly, so make sure to apply and blend to one eye at a time.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette in 8 Pastel Frost, $25

Oh, Rihanna, can you ever do wrong? This palette proves that you can rock pastels and sparkles all at once. In typical Fenty Beauty fashion, these shadows are as smooth as butter and are extremely pigmented, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Sigma Beauty Cor-de-Rosa Eyeshadow Palette, $49

If you would rather dip your toes into the world of pastel shadows before diving in, this palette is the one for you. The peach and terracotta shades are perfect for a light wash of color around the eye. Adorn your work of art with a pop of light from one of the palette’s shimmer shades.

Ohii Treasure Shadow Palette, $24

Urban Outfitters made a serious splash with the debut of Ohii, especially for fans of pastel shadow. Shades like petunia and aubergine work great as a standalone color on an otherwise bare face. Their slight metallic formula reflects light to make you look like the dewy goddess you are.

Huda Beauty Pastel Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, $29

Sea-foam green might seem like a daunting color, but don’t let that deter you from trying this masterpiece of a palette. The metallic shades are great for a more subdued pop of color during Zoom meetings, whereas the matte mints are perfect for your next Zoom wine-and-karaoke session.

NARS Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in Baby Jane, $19

Another beauty staple, this single shadow deposits potent color while creating little to no fallout. This powder blue looks breathtaking on virtually all skin tones and works well alongside additional colors (in case you want to rock a bold lip, too). We recommend applying this shadow with a wet brush for a bold liner and wing duo—you’ll get a more pigmented finish.

Lime Crime Diamond Dew in Pixie, $20

Just because we are now spending most of our days indoors does not mean that we should stop wearing glitter. In fact, we should never stop wearing glitter. This product deposits iridescent glitter particles evenly across the lid with zero fallout, a tricky combination. If that seems like too much glitter for you, apply to the center of the lid for a subtler pop.

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