Pretty in pink? Try posh in purple! The stars are lighting up the red carpet with eyes awash in shades of lilac, amethyst and indigo. “Purple is a great shade for spring because it’s totally feminine and romantic,” says celebrity makeup artist and >LORAC founder Carol Shaw.
Here, Shaw shares her tips on how to update this classically feminine shade for a look that’s more modern romantic than 80′s prom queen.
1) When wearing purple during the day, be subtle. Use brown eyeshadow as a base and then pump it up with purple. “This is good for daytime, because it is a soft look that still uses color,” says Shaw. “Start off with a natural beige on the lids, followed by a soft brown in the crease. Then line your eyes with a purple eyeshadow or eyeliner for a pop of color.” We like >Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Orchid.
2) For a night-out purple, turn up the color volume with a smoky eye. “Start off with a soft pink eyeshadow as the base color from lash line to crease,” says Shaw. “Highlight with a shimmery white eyeshadow under the browbone, then add a deep purple eyeshadow to the crease and outer corner.” We like >LORAC Rhapsody Eye Shadow. Finish by lining eyes with a black pencil or dark purple eyeliner.
3) No matter the intensity you choose, keep the rest of your makeup soft and in the same color family to avoid looking harsh or dated. “Avoid bronzer and bright lipstick when using purple eyeshadows,” she says. “Stick with soft pink cheeks and nude or baby pink lips to complete that modern romantic look.”