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Colour Series: Deep Festive Purple

Get festive purple smoky eyes with our beauty blogger's guide...

Posted: 18.12.15

It’s that wonderful time of the year, and it’s time to get festive! The perfect look that will not only go with your Christmas jumper, but also with your glitz New Year’s sparkly number, is a deep purple smoky eye, which is sure to wow your mates, colleagues and fellow party people. As always, our guest beauty blogger Trusha of Secret Style File is here to help you master the look and get you into the festive spirit with her video tutorial and tips...

The Base
I always say that with all make-up looks the base is always important, it is essential to use a good primer that minimises pores and creates a silky canvas for make-up application. For this look I used the new Illamasqua Radiance Veil, it gives a subtle glow to the skin in all the right places. For a flawless look with reasonable coverage which works really well with the Radiance Veil I used the MAC Studio Waterweight foundation this combination is not too heavy but gives the right amount of coverage.

Contouring and Highlight
You can see my full tutorial here.

The Eyes
For this look instead of using a traditional eye primer I used the Bourjour 24 Hour shadow which has a lovely sparkle to it and as it is a cream base any eyeshadow will then stick to it. For the blending shade in the crease I used the shade Sultry from The Balm Nude’tude palette. I then used the shade Snobby from the same palette and worked it into the inner corner or my eye and about a quarter of the way in on my eyelid. Wetting my flat brush slightly with the Smashbox Primer Water I pressed some NARS dual intensity eyeshadow in Subra all over my lid. To add more of a dramatic smoked out look to the eyes I used the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on pencil in Black Velvet on my crease and blended that out. I then added the shade Sleek from the Nude’tude palette in the outer ‘v’ of my eye. Before applying some sparkle I used some Too Faced glitter glue on the centre of my eyelid and then applied Canberra by NARS to the centre of my eyelid, this is to really intensify the purple and give the look some festive sparkle. I used a little bit of the shade Sexy from the Nude’tude palette just above my crease to compliment the purple tones.

I then used the Make your Mark liner from Seventeen to line the upper lash line, by simply pressing into the lash lash rather than drawing out liner before applying the gorgeous lashes from Illamasqua’s Christmas collection. Having a black in the waterline really helps the look to stand out so I used the 24/4 Glide on in Black Velvet as it is so long-lasting. To help bring the whole eye look together I used a NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk to define my brows.

To highlight and conceal under my eyes I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Concealer with my fingers in an upside down triangle and then used a mini beauty blender to blend, to avoid creasing I immediately used a regular beauty blender and applied powder straight to the area I just highlighted. I then went onto finish the eyes by adding the Laura Mercier Cream Eyeliner pencil along my lower lash line and then used that NARS dual intensity shadow along my lower lash line and adding some Canberra to add some sparkle. To finish off the eyes I added a good coat of mascara to the bottom lashes. 

Set your Make-up
To take away excess shine and most importantly to set your make-up using a light powder like the NYX Finishing powder in Banana, you can just use this on your T-zone, highlighted areas and anywhere you tend to get shiny.

Finishing Touches
As this is quite a full on look especially with the lashes I wanted to keep the blush very neutral but with a plum undertone to really bring out the purple tones, so I chose the NARS Blush in Ukraine and used the The Balm Mary-lou-maniser above my cheekbones. It’s best to keep the lips as neutral as possible with a look like this but I still wanted a hint of colour so I used the very long-lasting Provoc lip liner all over my lips in the shade Irresistable with a touch of NARS lip gloss in the centre of my lips. To set the entire look I used the NYX Matte Setting Spray all over my face. 

Stay tuned for more make-up looks from my Colour Series and don’t forget to check out my Wedding guest tutorials..x

Trusha R

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