Purple is an alluringly feminine colour, and given that there are many shades of purple, anyone can find the perfect hue that suits her style and skin tone. It is particularly flattering for brown-or black-eyed women as it adds intensity, giving you that magnetic look-at-me superpower. This is why all sorts of purple, from sparkly wine colours to pastel prune, and from smokey lavenders to rich plums, are spotted everywhere this season.
Purple creates a sexy smokey look that is both bold and feminine at the same time, and great for both work wear and a night out. Pick your favourite shade of purple and blend it with one lighter colour (recommended colours are light pink and golden shimmer) and a darker colour (black or brown).
For a more casual, natural and wearable look, apply a bright purple pop at just one part of the eye. Brighten up the look with a white base to make the eyes look more open. You can finish it with a black liner in a winged style, or a purple liner to really get into the purple look.
Most smokey eye looks go well with subdued lips, but since purple is not as intense as black, purple smokey can go very well with colourful lips, provided that the colours don't clash. Orange, coral and cherry red don't go well with purple. Stick to pink, brownish red or anything with purple hues.
To go from day to night, add some sparkle to the eyes with shimmer. Stick to gold tones rather than silver. Pearly white also doesn't mix well with purple. If you want a pearly effect, choose pearly pink or pearly yellow instead.
What is the right shade of purple for you, then? Girls with darker skin should pick something deeper such as plum or prune, but not dark, almost-black purple. Medium skin looks gorgeous with jewel tones and burgundy purple. Light skin looks good with pastel purple and shimmering lavender. Bright shades like neon purple or lilac will make the skin appear too pale.
Some shades of purple can leave the skin looking yellow, but that can be fixed with a purple primer which counteracts the yellow undertones.
Amp up the sexiness by pairing purple eyeshadow with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fuchsia Shock and finish it with a lighter lipgloss like Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink.
Light pink cheek colour accentuates the purple tone on the eyes. TryRMKSheer Powder Cheeks in natural pink.
RMKIngenious Cream & Powder Eyes in purple can be worn matte or sparkly to fit your mood.
Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow in Bordeaux Green features a combination of green, pink and purple to create a simple yet classic look.
Suqqu Nail Color in Shizukuyo (grey purple) gives your nails a gorgeous colour in one single coat.
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