How-to: amethyst-inspired looks

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Thursday, February 20, 2014


THE amethyst is the birth stone for those born in February. I find purple and lilac to be such pretty colors for makeup, and it always fetches compliments when I wear those colors for eye looks.

These are beautiful shades to complement brown- or dark-eyed girls like most of us, yet I don’t see a lot of people wearing them. Check out how versatile and flattering purple shadows can be. Here are two eye looks to inspire you.

Daytime Look

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• With a flat eyeshadow brush, pack on lavender shadow all over the eyelid and just above the crease. Make sure to apply the color evenly. Also apply a little on the inner half of the lower lash line.

• Use a softer crease brush to apply your choice of a brown, whether warm or a taupe shade, on the crease. Apply on the outer half of the lower lash line. Blend well with the lavender shadow.

• If you like, use a shimmery bronze eyeshadow on top of the brown. You can repurpose a shimmery bronzer to do this.

• Sweep a cream or champagne shadow on the brow bone, and apply a little on the inner corners to brighten up the look.

• Apply black eyeliner, thickening it slightly on the outer corners. Curl lashes and apply mascara. You can apply liner and mascara on the lower lash line, or leave it bare.

Evening Look

• To help the colors in this look pop more, start with a white eyeshadow base or one in a similar color as your skin.

• Apply a lilac or violet eyeshadow all over the lids, same as the daytime look.

• Blend a darker purple eyeshadow on the crease. Start from the outer corner and blend inwards. Make sure to blend very well so that there are no harsh lines between the lid and crease colors.

• Blend the lighter and darker purple shadows on the lower lash line.

• Intensify the outer V with an even darker purple shadow, or try black if it doesn’t intimidate you. Pat on the color with a smaller brush, then blend, staying on the outer corner.

• Apply a pearly highlighter on the brow bones and a little on the inner corners and halfway across the inner lower lash lines.

• Follow with black eyeliner and mascara. You can also try a dark gray pencil eyeliner for a softer look.

What to wear with purple eye makeup:

• Peach or pink blush looks really pretty with lilac, lavender, and purple eyeshadows. If you have deeper skin, you can pull off plum or red blush.

• Don’t skip lip color. Pink is pretty, but if you don’t want an overly sweet look, go for a peachy nude. For something more daring, especially at night, try a plummy red.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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