Does fall makeup seem like one big purple haze to you? Fear not! There's no reason to be intimidated by this bold color—it's actually one of the few that looks good on everyone. And this season, there's such a wide variety of purple makeup—from lilac shadow to blackberry lipstick—that you can make the trend as innocent or daring as you want. Here are six tips for how to look gorgeous in purple:
1. Play it cool. With shadow, stick with blue-, gray-, or brownish purples—anything too red or pink around the eyes can make you look sickly. Pale shades such as lilac and lavender work best on fair skin, while brown-based colors like plum and burgundy look great on olive or dark skin. If you're fair, try the pale lavender shade in L’Oréal Paris HIP Studio Secrets Professional Crystal Shadow Duo in Charming (shown above); for darker skin tones, try the sparkling plum color in Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quad in French Touch.
2. Go easy. Even when it's pale, purple is still a vibrant color, so keep eye shadow just to your lids and don't carry it above the crease. A sheer layer of color is best to avoid a heavy-lidded look. If you want more intensity, add eye pencil: Line your eyes top and bottom with a deep blueish-purple or navy pencil such as The Body Shop Eye Definer in French Navy.
3. Get smoky... For a more color version of smoky eyes, brush a shimmery violet shadow (try Yves Saint Laurent Eye Shadow Duo in #29 Purple Amethyst) on your lids and under your bottom lashes, then add lots of black mascara to your top and bottom lashes to anchor the look.
4. ...or keep it simple. If all-over purple seems like too much, try just a thin stripe of violet liquid or gel liner along your top lashes. A good one is Shu Uemura Painting Liner in Purple.
LIPS5. Be playful. This is where you get to have fun and experiment, because just about every shade of purple lip color is flattering no matter what your skin tone. What makes a difference is the texture—a gloss, stain, or sheer lipstick will look more casual than a perfectly painted-on lipstick. And if your natural lip color is more pink, stick with a magenta or berry color like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor in Madison Mauve. If your lips are darker and more blue, choose a plum color such as Giorgio Armani Beauty Rouge d'Armani Lipstick in No. 601.
6. Skip the liner. While a rich purple lipstick does require careful application, adding lip liner to the look makes it a little too perfect and stiff. If you’re worried about your lipstick migrating into lines around your mouth, use a nude lip pencil that matches your natural lip color. Softly line your lips, then take a powder puff and gently rub it over your lips to soften any hard lines, then apply your lipstick.