Purple is a color that works for everyone. When it comes to clothing, it's arguably one of the most versatile colors and compliments practically every skin tone. So why not try purple eyeshadow? Bright colored eyeshadows can look a little over-the-top at times, but purple is one eyeshadow shade just about anyone can pull off without looking like a clown. (Unlike blue -which often goes so terribly wrong, no matter how subtle one applies it.) Remember, application technique and choosing the right tones is everything.
So if you want to add a pop of color to your make-up routine, but aren't sure what color to go with or how to pull it off -opt for purple. You can find it readily available in varying shades and palettes. Rule of thumb: the darker /warmer you go, the more refined it will look. Deep plums and more warm-toned purples are great for daytime, as are sheer lavenders. In the evening you can go more dramatic with brighter tones. Here, we show you how to take purple from day to night. (And if you still need help, we've included a handy tutorial video!)
Here, Rachel McAdams adds a sheer lavender tone to accentuate her eyes. She keeps it fairly simple and one-toned, extending just beyond the eyelid and inner corner. She keeps it mostly on the upper eyelid and blends it just slightly upward. The key is to blend and not extend too far up the lid. Try Lancome's Color Design Eye Shadow in 'Lavender Girl' $17.
For a deeper, richer look, go for warm plum tones. For this look, you'll need a palette with multiple shades. Start with the medium shade and sweep across the entire lid. Using the darker tone shape your crease, extending just beyond the outer eye. Next, take the lighter tone and blend the dark crease upward and out from inner corner to outer corner. Line the upper and lower lashes with brown (or black to go more dramatic) eyeliner. Using the medium shade, make a thin line along the lower lashes and blend outward. Try Chanel's Les 4 Ombres palette in Vanites $40
Now for the fun stuff! If you're looking to get that dramatic, bright evening look, you'll need highly pigmented cool-toned purples.There's so many ways to wear the bright look, but we'll show you how to do the look below. First, apply the lightest shade across the entire lid, exending to the inner eye. Next, take the medium shade and enhance your crease from the middle of your lid exending just beyond the outer lid. Now, take the darkest shade and create a wide, cat-eye look by shaping the outer corner, extending and blending out from the medium shade. Take the brightest purple shade and highlight just below the darker outer crease and outer lower eyelid. Finish by taking the lightest shade and blending all the way up towards your eyebrow. For more drama line your upper and lower lids with black liner. We like Yves Saint Laurent OMBRES 5 LUMIÈRES 5 Colour Harmony For Eyes - 4 Lilac Sky, $56