Look – Experiment with Purple & Green

I’m feeling encouraged by yesterday’s look post (because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this since it was more experimental than anything else), so I wanted to share with you a look I attempted a week or so ago. I wanted to try a color combination I hadn’t done before (it’s not always easy to think of something that is different AND could work!), and this is what I came up with. I didn’t like it at first, but as I looked at it throughout the day, I decided I really liked the eyes and thought the application was better than my usual is. I just had no idea what kind of lip color made a good pairing! Nude looked odd, too purple looked odd, and too pink doesn’t seem like it complements. I was thinking maybe a really shamelessly bold, wine/burgundy/purple lip might have rocked it (think Rebel lipstick).

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), True Chartreuse pigment (chartreuse), Goldmine eyeshadow (gold), Overgrown eyeshadow (chatreuse), Fig. 1 (medium wine), Shadowy Lady eyeshadow (deep burgundy), Crystal Avalanche eyeshadow (white highlighter), Urban Decay Ransom 24/7 Liner (blue-violet), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (bronzy highlighter)
  • Lips: Fun Fun lipstick (light pinky-purple), Tartlette lipglass (coral)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Overgrown = Bitter; Fun Fun = Snob; Tartlette = Lychee Luxe

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. With the 239, apply True Chartreuse pigment with water-based mixing medium on the lower lid. On the inner lid, pack Goldmine eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Overgrown eyeshadow to the middle and outer portions of the lid. Darken crease with Fig. 1 eyeshadow using the 226, then deepen with Shadowy Lady eyeshadow with the 219. Sweep Crystal Avalanche eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Ransom Liner on lower lash line. Apply Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Fun Fun lipstick to lips, and then top with Tartlette lipglass for color and shine.

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I like it, very nice look. I did a yellow/purple look last week too, with Clarins Celestials quartet and a darker plum shade from another palette, it looked pretty. I like purple. 🙂

I don’t like it as much as your other Yellow and Purple look (Style warrior look). I think it’s the white on your brow bone. I would’ve used femme-fi or nylon, something like that rather than crystal avalanche. But good job!

I agree… Would’ve just something more neutral as a highlighter I think. I really like the contrast between the green and the purple though!

Thanks for the tip, Susie! I feel like it might have been a lil’ too OTT for me, though. Show Orchid is wicked bright!

I like the horizontal placement with the shadows you’ve been doing lately. The lip color goes nicely and I love those colors with your eyes!

I’ve also been loving the horizontal placement!! The white on the browbone is throwing me off a bit here though, but it might be my computer 🙂

I really like this look. I think you are right, a color like you shirt on the lips would’ve been amazing. Something like Rebel w/ Pop Mode lipglass over it. Along those lines…

I’m not too keen on Ransom, it’s too blue and looks odd with the other purples. If you wanted to stick with UD, Rockstar might have worked better.

Just my preference, but I don’t think I’d like Rockstar with it, because it would be too similar to the eyeshadows (I like more contrast, I guess!), but it’s not a bad suggestion for others looking for ways to improve this look 🙂

It looks more yellow than green to me, as well. It’s still another great experiment, Christine! I think I agree with Stephanie about the highlight color. Not that you don’t look stunning as always, but I think something a little different, maybe more nude-ish, would have made it a tiny bit better. (But that’s just my lowly, humble opinion.) I dig the lip combo with the eyes. I think it makes the eyes stand out even more.

very nice! (my pc also doesn’t pick up much of the green)…i like the lips–although i agree other colours would have popped, the look you’ve created is really good for everyday!

i did a similar look a few weeks go in terms of the eyes…i used chrome yellow on the lid and fig 1 to line, samoa silk to add definition to the crease…can’t recall if i used lust or rockstar…probably lust, though it turns out very purple on my skintone…and vivacious lipstick.

i wre it to the office…the yellow/purple turned out strangely subtle…at least with indoor lighting.

It’s a very yellowy green to be sure! It’s not a vibrant emerald green or anything, LOL 😉

Your look sounds awesome!

I like this – it’s an unusual combination of colours but I think it really works. It’s really nicely blended and I think the colours come together really nicely. It’s fun to sometimes experiment and try out different combinations and really great when the look turns out great (which this one has :o) )! I agree – I think a rich burgundy lipstick like Rebel would finish this look off really nicely.

Hadn’t realised that I had said ‘really’ so many times – should have read my comment more throughly before posting it, lol ;o) .

Not thrilled with the lipcolor but I LOVE the shadow combo, it really pops! Loved the color combo. I gotta get me some True Chartreuse!

It looks so different! At first I thought “mweh” but then I looked again and then I was like… well, actually it looks pretty cool!

LOL! What threw you off about the lip color, Catherine?

It was a tough thing to come up with. Just nothing seemed to stand out for it!

I’m not fond of the highlight color, but then I prefer the shock of color on lids and then leaving the rest as bare as possible. Adore the yellow, green, purple you’ve got going on though…

This is very unique, I like. I think I would have liked it even more without a highlighter color though, or maybe using a different highlighter color like Nylon or something.

I think the eye colors are a really fun combo!! You make me feel brave, Christine… Thanks for sharing your experiments – I’m gonna go have some fun, now! LOL!

This one made me go “hmmm”. Close up I wasn’t wild about it, but when I saw the full face pics I liked it more. I like the white on the browbone, but I can also see the argument for a more neutral highlight. To my eye, I would have done a more neutral purple eyeliner on the lower lashline, to complement the neutral purples in your crease. It’s certainly not every person who can pull off yellow though. It’d look like death on me. Work it girl! Keep experimenting and thank you for sharing with us!!

I love the pink pout too Christine. Fun Fun is my favorite Mac lipstick! I really like when you wear your hair back because it reallys shows off the look!

Hooray to you for experimenting! You should do a dark purple lip with this for a night out look! I really, really like the eye makeup. It seems especially well blended. Even though it’s a bold eye look it seems refined because of how soft looking your lines are. I like the choice to forgo black liner on the top. Great job girl!

I like the look except for the fact that I find the brow bone a little too much if you understand … but I find the combo goldeny yellow and purple really nice ! And as for the lips, the combo works with this look, so I think it’s really good ^^

There’s nothing wrong with experimenting, that’s how you figure out what works, right? I think what looks awkward is the purple up to the brow. Since you have darker skin, highlights look best when they’re close to your skin colour.

the highlight does look very white in some of the photos, but could it be that its really intensified by the flash??

photos taken with flash are very crisp in one sense, but they can also be very misleading with regards to colour accuracy.

I am wearing this combo now, I used sketch in place of fig since it’s the most wine colored color I currently own but I still thinks it looks pretty cool. You make me step out my box a little more each day Christine. 🙂 Next step is bolder lipsticks….

You know when the headline for this look came up I was kinda scared it would look like Barney… I shoulda never underestimated you. Skill is something you do not lack. I am anxious now to try my own purple and green look. Too bad my collection is limited.

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