Pastel pops dominated Met Gala makeup looks – here's how to recreate them

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Pastel makeup doesn’t sound the most wearable – with it, typically, conjuring up images of the 60s and garish blue tones.

But celebrities at the Met Gala proved pastels can pop… subtly.

From dainty drops of colour on the eyes, to brightened cheeks and even gently pastel lips, colour was used in considered, precise and feminine ways on the red carpet.

The great news is that this is a makeup trend anyone can recreate – and it’s perfect for spring.

Adding a touch of pastel is not only fun and playful, but it can switch up a look almost instantly – with minimal effort.

These are some of our favourite looks incorporating a soft pastel moment – from Suki Waterhouse to Quinta Brunson.

Last autumn, we saw heightened versions of this trend at London Fashion Week.

Proven trends trickle down to the mainstream from the runway – so what we’re seeing now is a refined, wearable take on the high fashion technique.

Terry Barber, from MAC Cosmetics, told us backstage at the SS23 Chet Lo show: ‘We’re doing bright colours with eyeshadows and blushers but in unusual placements, slightly off the usual places.

‘I was inspired by Holi festival and the pigments used there, flying in the air and landing on faces and Chet’s love of Japanese cartoons – it’s a mixture of those references.

‘It’s an interesting take on bright colour because I think when you use bright colour with a basic placement it can look quite clownish.

‘There’s a bit of a revolution in makeup at the moment – no one wants the classic formula anymore, that belonged to the last decade, so we’re going to see people get braver with makeup placement.’

Ready to try at home? We’d recommend these products.

MAC Powder Blush in Pink Swoon

Play it safe by sticking to the cheeks for an on-trend K-pop inspired pastel blush.

Morphe Morphe X Nyane Fierce Fairytale 6-Piece Colour Pencil Set

These pencils can be used all over the face, as they’re safe on eyes, lips and cheeks.

TOO FACED Italian Spritz Eyeshadow Palette

Bright pops mixed with neutral tones makes this a cohesive palette for a multitude of looks.

Nailberry Pistachi-Oh!

A high quality polish that lasts on nails, this vivid green is ideal for the season.

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