Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Colour Theory - Purple wearable look

So... it's been a while.  Again.  Let me think of excuses... Christmas, New Years, Work, Birthday, Groundhog Day?  Nope I don't have any good excuses.  Sorry.

So let's move on shall we?  Purple... one of those colours that can be all kinds of messy yet on the other hand can create some beautiful looks with a great edge.  We all know that purples look amazing on green, hazel and brown eyes but I'm not really one for limiting people on the colours they want to wear.  What can I say I'm a makeup rule breaker?  REBEL!  Haters.

This look focuses on a sort of tweaked version of a pin up makeup.  Heavy liner is set off by a clean lower lash line with no mascara.  The purple hued lips are a play on the typical red lip seen in this style of makeup.  One of the main issues that needs to be addressed with purple is it's amazingly awesome ability to enhance red tones.  So you know when your eyes are blood shot from a late night of "tea drinking" or that GIGANTOR zit that you TOTALLY didn't pick all to hell because you NEVER do that.  Yeah... purple will help you show off those awesome attributes of your face.  SO needless to say you have to deal with a couple issues.  First off... if you ARE wearing purple on your eyes (which I am not in this look due to my contact lenses just hating my guts) make sure you've gotten lots of sleep, drank enough water and some visine could be your best friend.  Secondly... a good base is important... try a medium coverage foundation or something that can be layered to a fuller coverage.

So here's a run down how to achieve this look.  Start by smoothing a medium coverage foundation over the skin to tone down redness and create an even canvas.  Follow this with any minor concealing that needs to be done on the face.  Next move onto eyes with a good primer to ensure that your makeup lasts all day long.  Or all night... you hussy.  Even out the eyelid with a matte bone coloured shadow, define the crease lightly with a medium warm brown and intensify with a deep red brown.  Create an intense black winged liner extending the line out as far as you are comfortable with.  For me this means more or less to the edge of my eyebrow (what can I say I enjoy the winged liner... big woop wanna fight about it?).  Taking a white pencil line the lower lash line and blend out using a pale vanilla eyeshadow bring this around onto the tear duct.  Fill in your brows and apply mascara to the top lashes only.  Move onto the skin with light contouring, a mauve toned blush with a light reflective highlight on the cheekbones, temple, bridge of the nose, upper lip and the chin.  Finally... lips.  First I blanked out the lips using concealer followed that with a layer of a medium mauve purple toned lipstick.  I shaded around the lips with a darker purple liner to add fullness and to enhance that even further I pushed a light lavender pigment onto the centre of the lower lip only.  

Products Used:

MAC face and body foundation - C1 and White mixed
YSL Touche Eclat - not sure of the shade... as it was a gift... from my bestie Linz... love makeup artist best friends BEST GIFTS EVER
MAC mineralized skinfinish - Light
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Coygirl blush
MAC lightscapade mineralized skinfinish

Urban Decay primer potion
Too Faced Shadow - Heaven
MAC shadows - Wedge, Folie, Vanilla, Brule
MAC fluidline - blacktrack
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
MAC Opulash Optimum Black mascara
MAC brow set in Show Off

Concealed with YSL touche Eclat
MAC Up the Amp lipstick
MAC Current lipliner
MAC lovely lily pigment

A bit MAC heavy but "SORRY I'M NOT SORRY!" (Sh*t fashion girls say?  No? YES?  I DIE)

Thanks so much for reading

See ya!

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