If there was one eye shadow look that dominated this week's red carpets, then it was violet. But it wasn't just one tone or texture of the cool-colored hue that took the lead; there were several adaptations. Kelly Rowland added a pop of plum to the outer creases of her eyes for a bright, summery style. Emma Stone, on the other hand, played up her light green eyes, encircling them completely with a shimmery lilac shadow. For Katy Perry, it was all about a smoked-out effect, with deep, matte eggplant lending a sexy vibe to her flapper-esque ensemble. But whose violet eye shadow look came out victorious? Vote now for your favorite:
Purple eye shadow lights up brown eyes beautifully, and it's a subtle enough shade to wear day or night. To get a perfect-anytime look like Halle Berry's, a shimmery or semisheer shade of plum is best, and there are many options available. If you want a variety of color choices and some application guidance, check out the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad ($5), and if you want a single, softer hue, try Stila Cosmetics Eye Shadow Pan in Barefoot Contessa ($18).
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If you haven't seen it on Facebook, today is Spirit Day, honoring the LGBT kids who've committed suicide in recent months. Purple represents Spirit on the rainbow flag, and wearing the color is a good way to show your support and commitment to change. Even if you didn't walk out of the house today wearing violet, you can remedy that now by sweeping on some aubergine eye shadow or some plum lipstick. It's easy, it only takes a second, and it might lead to a consciousness-raising conversation.
There's no denying Lily Allen is experimental with her beauty looks, from her ever-changing hair color to her Betty Boop curls. Last night at a Fashion's Night Out event in London, Lily went for something bold and unique yet again. But this time, it was all about the makeup, as she was seen wearing this heavy on the purples eye shadow look. What do you think of the profusion of purple? Is it appropriately fashionable or just a bit too over the top?
Lilacs are in bloom outside, so why not bring their color to your eyes? Not only does purple make green and brown eyes glow, but when paired with simple makeup, it's a trendy option for blue-eyed beauties, too. Here are a few tips for wearing a lovely lilac:
- For cool-toned skin: For a fun twist, look for a shadow with a hint of silver sparkle. Bare Escentuals' Eye Color in Hyacinth ($13), a light silver lavender, is one of my favorites. It pairs well with anything from peach blush to a bold raspberry-toned lipstick.
- For warm skin tones: Enhance your purple with a sweep of shimmery gold shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. Purple and gold are opposite hues on the color wheel, and they bounce off each other for a beautifully contrasting finish.
- For the night: Apply lilac to the lids and create depth by applying a deeper shade of purple in your creases. Blend well for a smoked-out look.
- Avoid pink: When wearing purple, stay away from pinkish undertones, which can have a tendency to create an unwanted tired appearance to the eyes. Instead, choose pink cheeks and lips to wear with your purple shadow for a cohesive feel. Be sure to line the eyes so they don't get lost behind the pale shade. (I like a deep brown or dark smoky purple liner.)
- Berry good: For something with snap, try a rich berry-toned lip look, like Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Raspberry ($8) or Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss in Raspberry Sorbet ($6).
Keri Russell has the natural-girl look down pat, so it's no surprise that she wore muted makeup to last night's premiere of Extraordinary Measures. A soft lilac shadow, which completely encircled the eyes from lids to lower lashes, stood out as the focus of the look. The addition of a matte pink lipstick and pop-of-pink blush completed the subdued style. What do you think of Keri's purple-toned makeup? Is it beautifully flattering to her green eyes and light features or not so much?
Art imitates life for Jenna Elfman. Her character on Accidentally on Purpose is expecting, and so is Jenna. With this cool-toned eye makeup look, which Jenna wore on last night's Late Show With David Letterman, she proves that this hot mama is willing to wear some daring styles. We all know that purple eye shadows complement green eyes, but tell us this: are you loving Jenna's violet-hued shadow, or is it a bit too intense?
Emma Stone sure knows how to glam it up, doesn't she? At last night's GQ Men of the Year event in LA, the actress wowed in this subtle lavender shadow. Encircling the eyes with makeup can look raccoon-like, but Emma manages to pull it off, thanks to a light touch and a soft-toned shade. The great thing about this cooler-toned shade is that it looks great during all seasons, and it just happens to be very of-the-moment. You can look pretty in purple shadow, too. To get some tips on wearing it without looking Grimace-y, just keep reading.
First it's purple hair and now I'm talking purple eyes. Purple is one of those versatile shades that can be bright, playful, sultry, and subtle, depending on the finish and depth of color. Purple also makes green eyes pop, brown eyes brighter, and gives blue eyes a cool iciness. Katie Holmes, Kate Hudson, and Emmy Rossum opted for and soft lilac tone for a lightening effect; Audrina Patridge went for sexy, heavily-lined eyes with plum accents; and January Jones and Selita Ebanks spiced their looks up with multitoned colors. Check out the fun looks below for some inspiration in the various ways that this violet hue can be worn.