Our Style Mixology feature in our Aug/Sep 2013 issue, introduced us to the magic of mixing prints to create truly inspirational outfits. But our love for this spread doesn't stop there. Makeup artist, Alexis Ansell, created a fresh and colorful look on our model, Brianna Michelle, with purple shadow, electric blue liner, and a mauve blush—and now we're ready to try this at home!
Step 01.// Foundation: Start with a clean, moisturized face to apply your desired coverage. Brianna's skin looked fresh and youthful with a slight dewiness. We recommend Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Definition Liquid Makeup for its lightweight texture, wide range of shades, and fluid texture that evens the skin without looking heavy.
Step 02.//Eyes: Purple eyeshadow has strong roots in the makeup junky community, but beginners are usually intimidated by this bold look. But lets give it a shot! Step out of your comfort zone to try plums and violets, these shades complement almost every complexion from fair to deep tones.
Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Shadow in The Punk is a versatile palette to start with. Fairer tones can use the champagne shade as a base. After applying the base, gently push the medium purple over it for the desired hue. Deeper tones can start with the medium purple as the base and layer the darker purple over it for a dense shade of plum that will make the eyes pop. Use a clean brush to blend so the color looks even.
Line the eyes with a bright blue pencil on the upper and lower lash line, keeping the line thin and as close to the lashes as possible. Nyx Cosmetics Slim Eye Pencil in Satin Blue is a sky-blue liner that is as bright as it is budget-friendly! Add a few coats of your favorite black mascara, and the eyes are complete.
Step 03.//Cheeks: Keeping with the blue undertones, a mauve blush adds a subtle flush of warmth and dimension to the center of your face. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush is a blue-pink shade that complements the purple shadow and ties the look together.
Step 04.//Lips: Paired with bold eyes, it's best to keep the lips toned down. A simple plum-toned gloss like Smashbox Limitless Long Wear lipgloss in 24/7 will look good on everyone. For those with lots of natural pigment in the lips, this gloss will brighten your natural color and add a creamy sheen. For those with a more neutral natural lip color, this shade infuses a berry glow that is oh-so-feminine.