The fall 2013 runway was awash with purple – with the focus on eye colors that ranged from soft, smoky plums to glittery, vibrant violets reminiscent of the 80’s. Especially hot this fall is a dusty shade of plum for eyes complemented by a subtle blush of pinkish lavender on the cheeks.
Rich, dark purple dominated the lips, nails, eyes and cheeks!
Where purple wasn’t used, the eyes popped with earth tones in deep greens, gold, bronze, browns and smoky grays that are being featured in many of the most popular makeup lines. The look is dramatic, with kohl-rimmed lids and outrageously long, thick lashes. You’ll want to keep those brows natural – so put down the tweezers! Thicker brows, a la Brooke Shields, are popular and a heavier brow can make you appear younger, too! But, keep in mind that if you go with dramatic eyes, you need to keep the lips and cheeks neutral to help balance your look.
nars-cosmetics And speaking of natural, a polished, healthy skin is in. Sheer foundations give a natural glow. Use a lightweight, oil-free formula or a slightly-tinted moisturizer. Or try blending a touch of foundation with a good moisturizer to create your own!
The cheeks can go either way this season. Give them a natural rosy glow or get a little more dramatic with contouring. Either way works, depending on the style you want to achieve. Bobbi Brown makes a feathery light Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks that comes in eight pretty, sheer colors. For drama, consider DiorBlush, available in a variety of shades and finishes.
Remember, with dramatic, smoky eyes you want to keep the lips low-key with a natural tinted gloss or shiny stain. But if you want eye-catching lips, go neutral on the lids, and color your lips with a rich berry shade or a bright, bold burst of red. This season, red is HOT.
If you’re going the more subtle route, NARS has the deliciously sheer Fast Ride mulberry lipstick, while MAC – famous for its stunning red lipstick – has a fabulous selection of fiery bright shades. Check out their instructional video for achieving your own picture perfect lips.
Nail Polish-Another hot element this autumn fashion season is molten metal! Gold, silver and bronze continue to be popular for nails, but anything rich and dramatic will work.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your makeup. What’s most important is that you find the shades that are right for you – whether you’re looking for drama, sophistication or a natural look. Purples can range from light pinkish hues to almost black, so you’ve got a terrific range to work with to achieve your own signature style.