Purple Gaze: Smokey Eyes
There’s no doubt about it, purple gaze is here to stay as shades of mauve, plum and eggplant make a statement in this season’s smoky eye regime. Yes, a brief glimpse of the purple movement was evident in the spring and summer collections in the form of shimmery lavenders and creamy orchids. However, as the fashion year progresses, so does this super-fresh color palette as it adopts a more sultry and mature aesthetic. From ethereal lavenders to powerful plums, it’s no wonder women have fallen hard for the passionate hue.
Enthused with a purple state of mind, LadyLUX brings you products that embody lush class and mature femininity—two characteristics often lost when blending charcoal hues with darker lines. Follow these cues for It’s a delicate take on the classically ubiquitous smoky eye. Then finish it off with kissably soft pink lips and a light, matte face.
1. Prime Time Eyelid Primer by Bare Escentuals BareVitamins
Before anything, swipe a primer across your lids. Try bareVitamins Prime Time Eyelid Primer as a preventable measure. It goes on sheer and lightweight, but provides a heavy-duty staying power perfect for all-night wear. Not only will it create a clean canvas to apply shadow on, but it will also prevent creases and help the color last longer. Basically, it will keep eyes smoky… and not smudgy.
2. Duo Eyeshadows by NARS
First, apply two shades of purple eyeshadow, like NARS’ Duo Eyeshadows in sets like Violetta or Jolie Poupee onto the lids using an eyeshadow brush. When applying the shade, sweep the lightest shade onto the middle of the lid. Then sweep the darker shade onto the outer portions. Afterwards, take the brush and blend the colors together in an attempt to rid away harsh lines. The key to beautiful smoky eyes is to blend, melting the colors together to create a hazy effect. As for the iridescent color, brush something like Night Fairy by NARS over the crease and apply a bit at the corners to reflect light. With these colorful duos, sultry is done right and creating dynamic dimension.
3. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner by Stila
When it comes to lining the eyes, one of two things can be done. First off, take an angled brush, wet it with a little bit of water, and then dip it into the eye shadow to create a colored liner. When ready, line the eyes then smudge along both lash lines, seeing as how the shadow is more forgiving. If moist shadows don't do it for you, then simply purchase a long-lasting eyeliner and line your upper and lower lash lines in an attempt to redefine the eye. Start at the middle of the lid and maneuver the pencil upwards to create a cat-like shape. Try a waterproof eyeliner like Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It has quick-dry precision and is super-easy to use, making it a must-have for any smoky-eye set up.
4. Eyelash Curler by Shu Uemura
Next, curl your lashes using an eyelash curler, such as Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler, which delivers the perfect curl with ultimate precision due to its mushroom shape. By curling the lashes your eyes will pop, appearing bigger and brighter.
5. Mascara Singulier by Yves Saint Laurent
After curling the lashes, apply several coats of mascara. This will volumize and accentuate the lashes that are now overpowered by the purple shadow. Try a mascara that creates extreme volume, length and curl, like Yves Saint Laurent’s Mascara Singulier. This gives off exaggerated lashes and a dramatic styling—a perfect touch to a pair beautiful peepers.