Style file: Reign in purple make-up

Lilac and lavender have become the make-up staples for the season, writes Holly Swayne

Purple eye shadow conjures up memories of our first teenage experiments with make-up – those garish, glittery eye palettes that were the proud dividend of scrupulously saved pocket money. But lavender and lilac have been given a modern-day makeover this season, thanks to the likes of Prabal Gurung, Rochas and Peter Pilotto. But how do you take the look from schoolgirl to sophisticate?

For the lilac-lidded eyes at Holly  Fulton, MAC make-up maestro Andrew Gallimore was inspired by somewhat-obscure Seventies music icon Noosha Fox. Leaving the lash line bare for a modern spin, Gallimore washed a watercolour purple like MAC’s Parfait Amour across the upper eyelid.

Worn with frosted lips and side-swept curls, the look mixed old school glamour with a fresh femininity.

 

Purple eyes were also a favourite at London label PPQ, where the Poison Ivy theme was anything but girlish. To  create the look, Maybelline make-up  artist Karina Constantine complemented the label’s vampish designs with a vivid violet shade over the entire eyelid, pairing it with lashings of sultry black liner and a deep plum lip.

It wasn’t just eyes that were given the plum treatment this season, as lip colour was given a new lease of life – whether Lucia Pica’s matte flash of pastel purple at Peter Pilotto or the more outré option of bright lavender lips at Prabal Gurung. For a less intense take, Lipstick Queen’s “Let them eat cake” leaves a flattering pastel frosting, with rose gold pigments to lift the cool lavender tones.

If you’re still not convinced, the most subtle way to wear the trend is to follow in the footsteps of Revlon manicurist Jin Soon Choi, who created lavender nails for Marchesa’s New York show.

Whether you wear it on your lips, eyes or nails – and it should never be all three at once – it’s time to forget what you thought about purple pigments and wear them with pride.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Recruitment Genius: Account Manager

    £20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...

    Recruitment Genius: Data Analyst - Online Marketing

    £24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...

    Austen Lloyd: Senior Residential Conveyancer

    Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...

    Austen Lloyd: Residential / Commercial Property Solicitor

    Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...

    Day In a Page

    Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

    'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

    Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
    Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

    Ed Balls interview

    'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
    He's behind you, dude!

    US stars in UK panto

    From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
    Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

    Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

    What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
    Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

    Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

    Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
    Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

    Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

    Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
    Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

    Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

    Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
    Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

    Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

    Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
    Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

    Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

    Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
    Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

    Autism-friendly theatre

    Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
    The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

    The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

    Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
    From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

    Panto dames: before and after

    From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
    Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

    Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

    Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
    Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

    Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

    Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
    The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

    The man who hunts giants

    A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there