As a green/blue eyed girl (I once drunkenly told my future mother-in-law my eyes look like the earth exploded), I try and bring out the softer colors of my eyes when I can. This purple look is great for photos. If you’re doing a headshot session or need something just bit less bold, I’d just swap out the lipstick for a berry color and stay flawless (;
Stick to a matte, lighter base to make your purples pop.
When I want a matte look, I start with Too Faced’s Hangover RX primer. It gives a really clean, moisturizing finish to my skin before I apply makeup – so I don’t really have to do anything crazy with concealers.
It Cosmetics make pretty much all of my favorite concealers and CC creams. The products I use every day are their Bye-Bye Under Eye concealer in fair and their Bye-Bye Breakouts all over concealer. I have chronic dark under eye shadows because of my chronic illness and deep set eyes, and the under eye concealer in illumination is my favorite product for helping combat those bags. Their face concealer is a pretty full coverage, but I haven’t seen a reduction in acne that they promote.
When I want to keep the tint of my skin pretty light but still want full coverage, I blend my concealers with an all over sweep of DR. Jart’s BB Beauty Balm . A bonus of this product is the SPF 45 coverage.
Focus on dem eyes.
In a purple look, it’s easy to look like you’re rocking a shiner and not stunners for eyes. It’s important to use a variation of shades and make sure you keep the darker purples in check. To start I use Sephora’s crown eye liner in violet because it’s a light shade and has just a bit of sparkle to it to make sure my eyes pop. I like lining my eyes before applying shadow so that I can blend along the lash line.
For my purple gaze I use Pure Cosmetic’s Buff Collection – which was a limited edition release for FabFitFun. But they still sell the Nouveau Buff palette, which has similar colors.
Start with a medium to light lavender all over the eyelid for a base. Then expand with a darker, matte purple on the crease. (Don’t use anything with too much red in it if you want to avoid the bruised look). Then fan out the darkest shade of purple (I used Mirage) along the eyelid and develop the corners. To brighten up the look, use a shimmering almost silver in the very inner corners of your eyes with a smudge brush.
To complet the eye, I go back with a black liquid eyeliner, a black mascara and fill in my brows. The products I used for this post are Better than Sex mascara by Too Faced, Sex Kitten Liquid Liner by Tarte, and a generic eyebrow pencil which I have rubbed the name off of. Super sorry. But you get the general idea.
Make a purple statement with blush and lips.
To make this look really pop – I like to use non-traditional, brighter purples for spring. From Sephora’s Collection I used the Colorful matte blush in Over the Moon, and their liquid lipstick in lavender.