The Violet Files

Elizabeth Taylor’s most distinguishable feature was her unique shade of violet eyes, a distinctly more purple hue than that of blue. While violet has long been on our radar – from Taylor’s peepers, to Natalie Portman’s 2011 Rodarte Academy Award gown (baby bump and all), to season after season of runway makeup. But this fall, purple is taking on two very unique personalities: deep and bold – think plums, berries and magentas, and soft and sheer – think lavenders and lilacs.

You don’t have to keep these two violet’s separated, however. Mix up dark wines with silver-speckled lilacs, or create a monochromatic look by wearing an entire face from the purple spectrum. Here’s a trick: keep eyes darker than lips or lips darker than eyes. Steer clear of dark eyes and dark lips unless you’re going for a 1990s goth look. Additionally, add a pop of the violet hue on either eyes or lips and keep the rest of the face clean and bare.

Click on the slideshow about to view some of our favorite violet shades for fall:

1. Cargo Fall 2013 Eyeshadow in Moreton Bay, a deep matte plum
2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie, an extreme magenta
3. YSL Glossy Stain in Violet Edition, a deep purple stain
4. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, a dark, berry plum
5. Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Purple 92, a matte brilliant purple

1. Cargo Fall 2013 Eyeshadow in Provence, a lavender shimmer
2. Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Hasard, a shimmery champagne lilac
3. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Tender Night, an iridescent lilac
4. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Digitalis, a pinked tinged lavender
5. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lavish Lilac, a medium lilac

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  1. Joseph NYC
    September 15, 2013

    Obsessed … MACs magenta is the Shiz as well

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