Fads and trends in beauty and fashion are happening all the time, and while we call them “new,” they are almost always remakes or updates of old ideas.
One of these such trends is happening now. It’s big, it’s fresh and it’s everywhere… and really, it’s straight out of the 80s! It’s purple eyeshadow… or plum, if that sounds more current.
Celebrities and non-celebs alike have been sporting purples and plums on their eyes, via shadows and liners, for a while, but just in the last two months or so, the trend has exploded. It has been on every red carpet, at every teen party, and available on every makeup shelf.
So, how do you choose a shade and how is it best applied? A good general tip: if you are in the younger set (teens, 20s), you can get away with bolder, more obvious looks. If you are older, you’re lucky because it’s very easy to take such a beautiful shade and make it smokey and glamorous or classic and professional.
If you’re going to try some purple, nearly any shade can work, but I’d recommend trying deeper shades first, as they’ll look less bold and more glam. Pastel and light purples or lavenders typically look best on the younger crowd- but that’s certainly not a “rule.”
As for application, this is the most important part. If you’ve “played” a lot with makeup shades, products and applications, you probably are more comfortable with your own features and how best integrate a new shade or product into your look. Just go for it!
If you’re a bit less sure, it’s a good idea to keep your makeup regimen the same, adding just one bit of plum. For example, if your eye makeup is usually charcoal shadow and black or charcoal liner, try a bit of plum shadow and keep your liner the same, or vice versa. You can always add more here or there, or change it up later, but don’t start out with a complete re-do of your look- it’ll be too much, too fast.
Three final- but important- tips:
- Purples and plums work with with grays, blues and blacks, but not as well with browns, burgundies or reddish shades.
- The eye colors that will get the most “pop” from this color trend are green and hazel.
- Darker skin wears these plum shades very, very well. But steer clear of shimmery or pastel tones, as they tend to look overdone or fake. Lighter skin can pull of the lighter shades a bit better, but start with just a little color and work your way up to more.
This is certainly a beautiful trend that any woman can wear. It can be classic for the office, pumped up for a night out. It’s a great way to freshen and update your look.