The ladies get spooky

A dip into deep pur­ple is a grown-up way to give a nod to Hal­loween, says Sarah Caden, with­out look­ing a fright

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - SHUTTERBUG -

Hal­loween has now gone the way of Christ­mas — start­ing early, seem­ing to last for­ever, and be­ing as much for the adults as for the chil­dren. It would seem that the gen­er­a­tion who en­dured Hal­loween be­fore the ar­rival of face paints and proper, shop-bought cos­tumes are des­per­ate to make up for their de­prived child­hoods. There was a time when we used to laugh at Yanks say­ing that Hal­loween was their favourite hol­i­day. Now, we’re nearly worse than them, and Hal­loween is an an­nual event upon which in­or­di­nate hours of adult time, money and prepa­ra­tion are spent. Frankly, it’s a bit em­bar­rass­ing. We’re not be­yond a lit­tle spooky dark­ness in our face-paint boxes, though, and, as luck would have it, deep pur­ple is quite the thing this au­tumn.

Pur­ple can make you look un­dead, if you wear it like it’s 1986, so we sug­gest you play safe. Our top favourite is a high-im­pact pur­ple lip­stick, which looks dra­matic and dar­ing with a porce­lain face and sharp eye­liner. The more glossy lip op­tion, how­ever, is eas­ier to wear; while pur­ple eye­liner, or our cho­sen eye shadow as a con­tour colour, or just some dev­il­ishly dark nails, can hit just the right, sub­tly spooky note.

BEST OVER­ALL

Mac Matte Lip­stick in Eu­ge­nie, €20, Brown Thomas and BT2 Mac de­scribe this as a “dark cherry with blue un­der­tone”. It’s that al­right. It’s very deep, and the blue makes it bor­der­line grape, and also kind to your teeth. As in, it makes them look very white. It’s one of four dra­matic lim­it­ededi­tion lip­sticks in­spired by the fash­ion de­signer, Gi­ambat­tista Valli, and it’s very fit­ting for the week that’s in it. Your skin will look ex­tra pale; your pout will be bor­der­line Gothic. “One isn’t wear­ing much make-up with a mouth like this,” one panel­list said. “Your foundation has to be per­fect, but if you add any­thing more, you are into dress­ing-up ter­ri­tory.”

BEST PLUM LINE

A pur­ple eye liner, un­less it’s black­pur­ple, is never go­ing to have max­i­mum im­pact. The colour of this is re­ally nice, though, par­tic­u­larly with blue or green eyes, but you have to up the ante of it with a lot of black mas­cara. It’s slightly sparkly, and is good as part of a brown­toned or pur­ple-toned smokey eye. “I like to put this over a black pen­cil liner,” a panel­list said. “You get the pur­ple and the sparkle and drama that way.”

BEST MAUVE MANI

This is for the cow­ards among you, who keep trends to your talons, where they are easy to hide and no great com­mit­ment. But they still make you feel on top of things when you get a glimpse of them. This inky pur­ple has shimmer through it, which means that a great glossi­ness will last a long time. It’s a lim­ited-edi­tion colour. “A nice wide brush makes for easy ap­pli­ca­tion,” one panel­list said. “This mat­ters with dark pol­ish, or you can end up with a manky-look­ing mani.”

BEST AU­TUMN EYES

If you are truly brave, you’ll make a smoky eye of this — bring it all the way down to your up­per lashes and then blend like be­je­sus. More likely, though, you’ll work it into the crease, and wear it along­side some of your tried-and-tested favourites. It’s gor­geous either way. This line of sin­gle-colour shad­ows is all about in­ten­sity and loads of pig­ment. They’re not for the faint-hearted, and you need to have blend­ing abil­ity to make this one work. “A fan­tas­ti­cally true pur­ple,” said one panel­list. “It’s clean, bright and not at all plummy.”

BEST PUR­PLE POUT

Th­ese Lip Po­tions go on very smoothly, like a very creamy lip gloss; but they set­tle down to be some­thing dif­fer­ent, more like a stay-put lip stain. But while glosses can be sticky, and stay-put lip stains can be dry­ing, this is nei­ther. It’s very nice, with lots of in­tense colour and longevity. This shade is the deep-pink side of pur­ple. “The tex­ture makes this wear­able,” said a panel­list. “It’s very flat­ter­ing against my pale skin.” Pic­tured, from left, Mac Matte Lip­stick in Eu­ge­nie; Lan­come Art­liner in Amethyst; Gior­gio Ar­mani Nail Pol­ish in Mauve Eclipse; YSL Cou­ture Mono High-Im­pact Colour Eye Shadow in Caf­tan; Es­tee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Liq­uid Lip Po­tion in True Liar

Lan­come Art­liner in Amethyst, €28.50, Lan­come coun­ters na­tion­wide Gior­gio Ar­mani Nail Pol­ish in Mauve Eclipse, €24, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork YSL Cou­ture Mono High-Im­pact Colour Eye Shadow in Caf­tan, €31, YSL coun­ters na­tion­wide Es­tee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Liq­uid Lip Po­tion in True Liar, €24, Es­tee Lauder coun­ters na­tion­wide

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