How to: Rock Purple

Along with all things baroque and beautiful, purple is back. A colour that tends to split the camp down the middle, it’s a love or a hate thing. With make-up, purple can tend towards eighties Whitney Houston, but doesn’t have to.

Purple is an amazing colour contrast for both green and brown eyes. I think one of the best ways to wear purple on they eyes is layered over a black or grey shadow. It gives it depth and removes that chance of looking a little too fluoro!

This is Estée Lauder’s promo pic for Violet Underground Collection for Autumn/Winter 2012

If you don’t have a black cream shadow (easier to use than powder), use your black pencil liner roughly all over the lid and blend in with your finger. Then using a flat brush, pack on a purple shadow and blend out using a blender brush. I’d recommend taking the purple along your lashes under your eyes with a small brush and smudging it in. Line the water line, and along the top lashes with black and add mascara and you’re good to go! I’d give the Essence, Catrice, Rimmel or Revlon stands a look before you invest over a tenner in a purple shadow.

As for the rest of your makeup, I personally think a pinky cheek is too eighties for a purple eye, I’d go with something peachy. I like Benefit Georgia. A defined brow is always important with a striking eye, so make sure to use a little pencil or powder. For lips, I’d go for something close enough to your lip colour, I’m not a fan of a very nude lip, but if you are, go for it!

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