Beauty trend: purple make-up
This season’s make-up is getting the royal treatment with smouldering, sultry purples, plums, violets and lavenders reigning over both glam and casual looks.
From the lightest of lilacs to the most iconic of indigos, purple make-up is one of winter’s biggest trends. And, best of all, this part-vamp, part-pretty make-up look suits just about every skin tone and hair colour, so, whether you’re fair skinned, olive-skinned, blonde, brunette or redhead, you’ll easily be able to embrace the shade in all its royal glory. For inspiration, think Biba dresses, paisley violet prints and wow-factor eighties eye make-up. All that’s needed is a modern, contemporary twist and a subtle approach. If you play up the eyes make sure the lips stay bare or neutral, and if you’re going all out for a pop of purple on that pout, then keep it simple on your peepers. Follow StyleJunkee’s golden rules for purple make-up prestige and you’ll easily sport the trend with attention-grabbing artistry.
Daytime purple make-up
The key to mastering purple make-up for the daytime is subtlety. Choose a statement purple and stick to one area per look. So, if it’s your eyes you want to give some purple-power too, keep your lips muted in pale, nude or neutral colours and go for a peachy-hue on the cheeks for a coordinated approach. We love No.7’s Metallic Eye Pencil in Purple, which works best when applied close to the lashes and then smudged in. Apply a taupe shade on the eyelids and lashings of purple mascara if you fancy a little bit more purple power. We like Yves Saint Laurent’s Mascara Singular in Deep Violet – purple mascara sets off brown and hazel eyes beautifully. Don’t be frightened to give your lips the centre-stage. Dramatic violet or crimson lips look fabulous set against soft, summery pink eyes. Wearing purple make-up can be as understated as using a purple eyeliner – simply team with golds, tans, taupes or browns to keep things fresh and modern. Be sure to neutralize any redness with a matt foundation before you apply your purple make-up.
- Lancôme Ombre Absolue Mono Eyeshadow,£15.50, at John Lewis
- Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumiéres,£37, at John Lewis
No 7 Mini Metallic Eyes Pencil Set, £13.50, at Boots
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Singulier in Deep Violet, £21, at House of Fraser
Nighttime purple make-up
Sheer shimmery purples are fun for nighttime looks, so choose metallic and glittery shades. Deep purples are great for achieving the sultry rock-chick effect: olive skins should go for slightly more blueish purples, while paler and black skin tones can pretty much have their pick of the colour. Cover the entire eyelid with a dark purple if you’re feeling brave or opt for two tones for a lighter effect – the darker of the two should be in the area between the eye lid and bone, and the lighter on the eye lid and under the brow. If you’ve green eyes go for a flash of green eyeliner with your purple make-up, like singer Rihanna (pictured) – it’ll really bring out the colour of your eyes. Lavender and violet are pretty and feminine and a sweep of shimmering lavender on the brow bone is great for adding highlight without going too vampy. Very light lavenders or purples on the inner corners of the eye will lighten dark circles and deep mauve and plum on the lips will make teeth appear whiter.
Barry M Limited Edition Eye Shadow, £4.50, at Boots
Urban Decay Compact Size Big Fatty Mascara in Purple Haze, £8.50, at House of Fraser
Illamasqua Pure Pigment Loose Eye Powder, £15, at ASOS
- Barry M Lavender Lip Paint, £4.25, at Boots
Purple nails anyone?
To really complement your purple make-up how about wearing purple on your nails? Purple nails polish is the new it colour for winter. Rich shades are flattering on all skin tones so choose a dark vampy one like Chanel Nail Colour in Vendetta or Dover Street Market from Nails Inc. The paler your skin colouring is the darker the shade you should plump for.
And if all this talk of purple make-up is a bit too daring how about going for a purple make-up accessory instead? We love this Purple Lips/Purple Lipstick Pendant Necklace, £75, at Lulu Guinness.