Purple Reign

Splashes of purple dotted the Fall 2013 beauty scene, appearing on lids, lips, and even in hair. A color typically reserved for Easter egg dye, the violet hue had an intoxicating effect on show-goers, who looked on in awe as models pranced down the runway in neutral-toned garments, batting purple-coated lids at flashing camera bulbs.

The purple trend proves that now isn’t the time to be timid with your hair and makeup—take the look from the catwalk to the the sidewalk with these beauty tips.

Lashes: Ditch your beloved black mascara, and opt for a magenta-hued one instead. Adding a bright color to the lashes, like the one Stella McCartney chose for models, has both an elongating and thickening effect, so eyes will appear larger. Lazy girls, now is your chance to leave the rest of the face bare, so the focus will be on the eyes only. Then, bat away.

Lids: Rather than doing a classic smoky eye for a night out, choose a lavender-colored eyeshadow for your lids instead—the shade looks flattering on every skin tone. Learn from designers like Nicole Miller and Jason Wu, who showcased different purple shadows at their shows, proving that the color can work with both elegant gowns and edgy motorcycle jackets.

Lips: The bold lip trend isn’t going anywhere just yet, so you may as well try a deep purple lip stain. The color comes in a variety of shades, so if you’re a little more daring, wear a pale, pastel purple. Or, try a traditional, dark cranberry color if you aren’t so quick to call yourself a risk-taker. Pair a bold lip with neutral makeup to avoid looking overdone.

Locks: Update your look instantly by sporting purple streaks in your hair like Ashley Tisdale. (Think Aquamarine, but more chic.) Before applying the purple dye, carefully separate strands of hair, making sure that the pieces aren’t too chunky.


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