Spring/Summer 2012 pastels are pale and striking in equal measure. Instead of warm tones, opt for sour lemon and rose pinks. Cool shades offer an understated palette. Despite Mulberry’s ice-cream ad campaign – these pastels aren’t saccharine sweet, but chalky and frosty, making them less pigtails in playground and more back of the bike sheds. More Turkish delight than flying saucers. The Guardian coined them the hot rod pastels, harking back to poodle skirted clad sweethearts awaiting their men post candy floss and milkshake date.
And as is so often the case, we see the trends overlap into beauty with make-up artists and designers alike keeping it simple and feminine. Lindsay Wixson stole the show at Nina Ricci with her already doll like features enhanced by flushed cheeks and perfectly curled eyelashes. Taking their inspiration from this natural look, contoured eyes and shimmery highlighters were added to cheek and brow bones at Valentino, dewy skin at Dianne Von Furstenberg and with a nod to the pastel influence, candy coloured lips at Victor & Rolf.
“The overall mood for beauty this spring is natural and nude,” says Vogue beauty editor Sarah Harris. “Echoing the pastel and white palettes on the catwalk, there was a minimalism in makeup, allowing the clothes to do the talking. Stripped–back colour doesn’t always mean forgoing the drama though, so prepare for a season of simple, sweetly confident looks.”
Forget overdone, bold colours. Block out colour blocking. Spring is a much less sinister affair with delicate palettes a plenty, both in your wardrobe and makeup bag. A flush of peachy pink on the apples of the cheeks allows for a fresh and feminine appeal without being too sickly, making it the ideal compliment for candy cane colours and fun fairytale accessories. It seems the future’s rosy.