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Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

rom mauve to mul­berry, and pansy to palati­nate, the colour pur­ple, for­merly the domain of roy­alty, is the hip hue of sum­mer’s cos­metic pal­ette. It’s a colour fre­quently worn by mod­els on the spring cat­walks: Vera Wang dove in at the deep end with rich pur­ple; Matthew Wil­liamson was in­spired by the vi­o­let of 1970s vel­vet; and Derek Lam went for lilac.

If you’re tired of a red lip, black cherry is a glam­orous al­ter­na­tive. And when used for out­lin­ing eyes, it gives a con­tem­po­rary twist on the black kohl cat-eye, which has be­come rather last sea­son. For nails, a chic shade is grey-lilac, worn on a nat­u­ral length and shape.

This ver­sa­tile colour can cre­ate a chameleon of looks, says Hong Kong­based Tanya Tin, a chief make-up artist for Lancôme. “It’s all about which pur­ple you pick,” she says. “Go girly and ro­man­tic with pink-pur­ple make-up, while a plum-pur­ple is se­duc­tive.”

A no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult colour to pull off, do choose your shade wisely and limit your­self to just the eyes, lips or nails—not all of them at once. “Pur­ple is re­garded as a cool-tone shade, and there­fore it looks bet­ter on those with light skin, dark hair and dark eye colour,” Tin says. “If your skin tone is dark, you’ll look tired un­less you choose the right shade.”

As a gen­eral guide, most peo­ple are suited to a lighter pink-pur­ple shade. “Some­thing with a shim­mer for eyes will make it eas­ier to build a nat­u­ral and wear­able smoky look,” says Tin. “When cho­sen cor­rectly, pur­ple will make you look lu­mi­nous and your com­plex­ion will be bright­ened.”

Choose a key shade and ap­ply over the lid to cre­ate an even colour block.

Use a light and shim­mery colour as a high­lighter to il­lu­mi­nate the eye­brow arch.

Next, pick a dark hue and use as eye­liner to en­hance and de­fine the eye shape.

A darker shade still can be ap­plied to the lid hol­low and the outer cor­ner of the eye, to cre­ate con­tours and that pro­fes­sional cat-eye ef­fect.

Lastly, ap­ply a lu­mi­nous shade at the in­ner cor­ner of the eye to add a fi­nal touch of ra­di­ance.

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