Purple is one of the prettiest colors to wear on your face. That being said, if you’re used to wearing mostly neutral makeup shades, you may be wondering just how to incorporate purple into your beauty routine without veering into clownish territory. Actually you can play with many different shades: lilac, periwinkles, violet, vibrant violet, purple, even pink and of course you can mix all these shades together. If you’re looking to ease into the purple makeup trend, start by using a purple eyeliner for a small pop of color before moving on to purple eye shadow and purple lipstick. Draw a thin line across your upper lid, and if you’re feeling more adventurous, flick it out for a cat eye effect. Keep the rest of your eye makeup simple—a coat of mascara (violet or black) and you’re good to go.
When it comes to purple eye shadow, you’re in luck if you have green eyes in particular. Green and purple are complementary shades, meaning they pair perfectly together. Don’t worry, you can wear purple eye shadow with any eye color—it just looks especially amazing when paired with green eyes! If you have brown eyes, opt for warmer purple hues, and if you have blue eyes, paint on cooler purple hues. Metallic makeup is having a moment and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Coating your lips in purple lipstick might seem like a bold step—and it is! In my personal opinion the best is to pair a purple eyeshadow with a very natural lipstick.
Purples have always had a place at the table. It has the ability to create an easy pop of fun and creativity to a make-up look, and the array of purples mean you have the choice of a softer plum or a vivid amethyst. I think having so much time at home wearing very little of recent months has meant we’re craving more adventure with our make-up and people are using this time to dabble in colour. Purple’s popularity is certainly due in part to its universally flattering appearance on all skin tones.
If you’re not sure where to start, I suggest pinker-hued purples, such as plum, often look flattering on warmer skin tones. Those with cooler undertones can lean into blue-toned purples, such as periwinkle and lavender, without having to worry about it washing them out. The classic shortcut to check your undertones is by looking at your wrists. If your veins are green, you’re likely to have warm undertones; if they have more of a blue-ish appearance, your skin will have a cooler hue. If you’ve got both, you’re a middle ground neutral.
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