The Best Pastel for Your Skin Tone

After another seemingly never-ending winter, spring has sprung and it’s time to update your wardrobe! Pastels are a staple of spring fashion, but it’s important to pick the right color for your skin tone to avoid looking washed out. To help you out, I scoured the runways and Internet to find your perfect shade of pastel.



Fair ladies tend to get mixed messages about pastels. Sometimes, they’re told to steer clear because the light colors will make them look washed out. Others claim all pastels look great on fair-skinned women. The answer lies in the middle. If you have fair skinned, you don’t have to miss out on trying the pastel trend, just tread softly.
Go for a richer blue pastel shade. Wear with a poppy or red lip for the right bit of color.



When it comes to pastels, women with medium skin have it made! Almost all pastels look great on them. Then again, almost every outfit looks great on actress Eva Longoria, too, who stunned in this peach number at the Latino Inaugural 2013 at the Kennedy Center. Look great sipping drinks on your friend’s patio in a silk peach shirt and cream pants, or wear a peach shift dress with nude-colored heels for a polished office look.


Jaws dropped when Jennifer Hudson walked the Oscars red carpet in a gorgeous, floor-length Romona Keveza yellow dress. A light, buttery yellow pastel, like Hudson sported, looks lovely against a darker complexion. Pair with a neutral-colored shoe or go bold with red or purple.

If you want to try a certain pastel but are afraid of how it will look against your skin tone, buy a pair of jeans in the color. Shoes and handbags are also great options.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.