Deep, decadent purples with red undertones make me think of eggplants. They can be a tough beast to master, often because they come in matte finishes, but they’re so worth practicing and perfecting. They can add so much depth to your look; I love using them as a crease color paired with soft browns, beiges, pinks, and lighter purples.
I’m actually not technically, technically afraid of any color, but I don’t usually reach for red eyeshadows because I don’t think they work well with me and take more effort than I usually can handle to work. I’ve had the best success combining it with golds and oranges for a sunset-like eye. I remember the first time I ever wore a pinky-red eyeshadow; my mom saw me not a minute after I had finished the look and asked if something was wrong and if I had been crying.
Is there a color you’re “afraid” of? Maybe you can’t find a way to make it work or you really don’t think you can pull it off…
While I don’t think I look like I spent the past hour crying my eyes out, I didn’t love how it came out–the purple I picked for the lid color was too dark, and I think I’d opt for something with some shimmer to open up the eyes more (which is why I ended up adding a shimmery mauve to the inner tear duct area–there was just too much darkness on my eyes). So, I’m still working on finding a way to wear red eyeshadow that’s not just gold/orange/red (because that combo I can do!). I almost, almost tried green with Christmas just around the corner but held myself back!
Lips: Giorgio Armani #602 Gloss d’Armani (semi-sheer plum)
For eyes, I applied a light layer of NARS Smudgeproof on the lid as an eyeshadow primer from lash line to brow bone with a firm, flat brush. The first eyeshadow I applied was Inglot #450, and I used a fluffy crease brush to lay down the crease color to help provide a good blended background for the intense red I planned to use. Next, I applied Inglot #325 onto the lid with a small eyeshadow brush. With a firm, domed crease brush, I applied Inglot #382 into the crease and blended just slightly outwards so the red would also peek through with my eyes open. Using a large eyeshadow brush, I softened the crease color with Inglot #353 and applied it to the brow bone. To lighten the look, I applied Inglot #420 on the inner tear duct with a fluffy angled brush. On the lower lash line, I first applied Make Up For Ever #7 and layered Tarina Tarantino Glitter Mist on top. Finally, I applied a coat of Bare Escentuals Buxom to lengthen lashes and then thickened with Hourglass Film Noir.
For face, I applied Make Up For Ever HD with a circular foundation brush. I blended Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph onto cheeks with fingertips and set with Guerlain Les Voilettes. For lips, I applied Giorgio Armani #602.
377 is a deep royal purple with a matte finish, though I detected a slight micro-shimmer. This shade was a little patchy.
379 is a medium-dark blue-purple with a matte finish. This shade was powdery and sheer in places.
325 is a rich eggplant purple with a matte finish.
375 is an eggplant purple with a matte finish–it is just a lighter version of #325. It has a slightly stronger red undertone.
320 is a medium grape purple with a matte finish. It was a little sheer in places.
386 is a lightened medium purple with red undertones and a matte finish. It was patchy and easily sheered out.
334 is a pink lavender with a matte finish. I also had some evenness issues with this shade.
346 is a light lilac with a matte finish.
While I’ve had fairly good luck with Inglot’s matte eyeshadows in the past, I found a lot of these troublesome. Several shades did not apply evenly, so the end result was a patchy swatch that was sheer in places and opaque elsewhere. I was rather disappointed in how these swatched, so I played around with them in application, and they were better but not as stellar as the rest of the matte range. The only shades out of these that I recommended are #325 and #375.
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