Purple Reigns for Fall 2008

Purple Reigns at Bottega Veneta Fall 2008
From frosty lilacs and lavenders to pigmented plums, the purple eye is the reigning trend for Fall. With its popularity on the face charts and runways of Fashion Weeks Fall 2008, this regal hue was crowned the makeup trend of the season. From sheer washes to smoldering shades, there’s a purple for everyone.

Don’t be afraid of purple! Although frightening images of jarring purple eyeshadows of the 80s may come to mind, a lighter hand and a little fine-tuning will erase those fears. Visit your local makeup counter to make a few swatches and try on some purples. The purple family is so extensive that it is virtually impossible for you to not find the best hues for you!

Generally speaking, pale pastels tend to flatter fairer skintones while deeper, richer shades complement darker complexions.

Rihanna, Ashanti, Jordin Sparks
Michelle Williams in their purple glory

For a simple look:
1. Sweep a wash of color onto the eye lid
Blend blend, blend any harsh lines.
3. Add a coat or two of black or brown mascara.
4. Add a sheer highlight to the inner corners of the eye & the eyebrow arch.

For a dramatic look?
1. Sweep a (relatively) lighter color over the lid.
2. Take a midtone purple & apply to the crease; blending well.
3. Take a darker purple & apply it to the outer V/corner of the eye & blend.
4. Line lower lid with darker shadow.
5. Apply black eyeliner to upper lash line –
waterline optional
6. Apply a sheer highlight under the brow arch & blend down.
7. Apply a “Volume & Length” mascara or false lashes.

(top row) MAC Beauty Marked, Urban Decay Fishnet, MAC Purple Haze
(2nd row) MAC Parfait Amour, Laura Mercier Eye Colour Duo – Burgundy,
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo – Odd Couple
(bottom row) Milani Eyeshadow Quad – Wild Violets, Clinique Colour Surge Soft Shimmer Lot-A-Lilac, L’Oreal HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner – Eggplant

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