You might be forgiven for thinking that we’re still in the depths of winter, online but in the fashion capitals of the world, capsule new SS14 trends are blazing down the catwalks as we speak. One trend which is poised to take the fashion world by storm is pastels; From lavender to mint, pharmacy eggshell to baby pink, sugary shades are big news in 2014 in design houses and on the high street.

I wouldn’t be much of a beauty writer if I didn’t show you how to incorporate pastels into your make-up bag; be it a subtle nod to the trend, or an all-out embracing of all that is sugar and sweet. In the interests of practicality and diversity.  Sometimes we can’t afford to invest significantly in transient fashion and beauty trends, but it never hurts to look at premium products either!

The holy grail of pastels right now is Catrice, which is delivering a riot of delicious hues and textures, without a heavy price tag. They have expanded their Absolute Eye Colour Mono shadows range to include a shimmery Nice Ice Baby blue, a matte Mint of Change, a punchy Papaya Don’t Preach, the gorgeous Rose Marie’s Baby (below) and the brave yellow Smoothie Operator, among countless others.

Catrice’s Absolute Eye Colour Quattros now feature soft shades of lilacs, pinks, neutrals and aquas (below, Pool Position) for a complete eye look if you’re not entirely sure which shades best compliment each other.


And the best part is that these shadows are typically available for less than €5 in Penneys and pharmacies virtually everywhere. It’s a perfect way to dabble in the pastel trend without the commitment involved with a more expensive product.


Catrice have also stayed up-to-date this SS14 with their lip products. Their Ultimate Colour lipstick in The Lips Are On Fire (below), while not a pastel itself, would be a fantastic statement lip against a delicate pastel eye. The bright orange shade will look amazing with a suntan and is a fun summer alternative to the ubiquitous red lip.
By Emily O’Brien