Six Fresh Takes On Purple For Fall


Fall is the time for directional makeup. First of all, you can finally stop worrying about sweating it off the second it goes on. Second, September issues give you a lot to work with. For instance, last fall blue eyeshadow made a comeback in a big way (though, did it ever really leave?)—Tavi on the cover of New York Magazine heralding in the trend. It felt fresh—maybe because it was paired with couture or, more likely, the Martin Schoeller photography. It was the kind of blue that could translate into other things. Hair comes to mind.

So, what about purple makeup this season? And not necessarily lilac, but pigmented, almost-neon purple. Adapted onto the entire face (though not all at once), it's one of those colors that tells a story as it finds its way to your eyelids, lips, cheeks, even brows.

Up for the challenge was model Briley, from Tennessee, whose favorite color happens—oh the luck—to be purple. As a child, she recounted, she'd dye her very white pony very purple with berries. An adorable story—and probably a very patient horse. This color story is certainly less messy; each feature gets the chance to pop on its own while the rest of the face stays clean. It's a one-product look. Just don't call it simple. Choose from the following:


*The Smoky Eye

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Lavender Lust


*The Mascara

Dior Diorshow Mascara in Purple 168


The Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet


The Inner Corners

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Utopia


Underliner Estée Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Neon Fuchsia


The Gloss

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Lilac Lumi

Briley Jones (Next Models) photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Anastasia Durasova (The Wall Group). Clothing courtesy of American Two Shot.

For those who like to think outside the pot, check out our guide to the endless possibilities of gel eyeliner.