Make-up tips inspired by Pantone's 2016 Colours of the Year

Make-up tips inspired by Pantone's 2016 Colours of the Year
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Global authority on colour standards Pantone recently announced not one, but two shades as its Colour of the Year, which will influence the colours used in the fashion, beauty and design industries in 2016.

Pantone describes Rose Quartz as a warm rose tone, and Serenity as a cool tranquil blue.

Photo: Pantone website screengrab

These soft pastel shades are gorgeous to wear in the forms of apparel, accessories, and even on the nails, but may prove challenging to pull off on the Asian complexion.

Don't worry, our make-up guru Anne will show you how to adapt these romantic colours for a sweet, K-pop inspired look.


With an eyeshadow brush, apply a warm pink eyeshadow (Aritaum's mono eyeshadow in #91) onto the area slightly above the crease of your eyelid area.

Brush the eyeshadow to the outer one-third of the lower eyelid.

Dab shimmery pale pink eyeshadow (Innisfree's mineral single eyshadow #07) with your fingertip, and layer over the pink eyeshadow you have just applied.

Use a warm beige eyeshadow (Etude House's eyeshadow #BR401) as the transition colour and blend the edges of the pink eyeshadows with a brush.

Highlight your brow bone by applying an ivory eyeshadow with a pearl sheen (Aritaum's mono eyeshadow in #68).

To brighten up tired-looking eyes, line the inner two-thirds of the lower eyelid with a pearl beige eyeshadow stick (Innisfree's Shadow Pencil in #5).

You can also vanquish those dark circles by using shimmery beige eyeshadow (MAC's eyeshadow in Honeylust).

To define your eyes, tight-line the upper water line of your eyes with a dark brown pencil/gel eyeliner (Innisfree's gel liner pencil in #9).

Then, use a dark brown liquid eyeliner (Innisfree's Powerproof Liner in #2 Dark Brown) to draw a thin line right above the lashline, and extend it along the eyelid for a straight cat-eye.

To create your own pale blue eyeliner, first, line your peepers with a white or ivory eyeliner (Innisfree's gel liner in #2) directly above the dark brown eyeliner, and stop at the tail of the cat-eye.

Dip the tip of a flat eyeshadow brush into water, wipe off excess moisture, and pick up pigment from a pale blue eyeshadow.

For the colour to pop, pat -instead of swipe- the blue eyeshadow over the white base on your eyelid.

Curl your lashes and apply mascara. If you prefer to use false lashes, choose a pair that is more natural-looking (Etude House Princess Lashes in Volume #01).


Brush a light pink blush (Etude House Lovely Cookie Blush in #7 Rose Sugar Macaron) on the apples of the cheeks.


Chapped lips? Apply some lip balm to moisturise them and soothe out the lines.

Lightly pat foundation on your lips to help the lip colour stay on longer

For gradient lips, first apply a pale pink lipstick (MAC's lipstick in Angel), then dab on a dark pink lipstick (Lancome's L'Absolu Rouge in #388) with your fingertip starting from the inner edge of your lips.

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