Jewel tones, or gem tones, are colors that are commonly found in natural gemstones. Many shades of purple are considered jewel tones. Purple hair color can complement a variety of skin tones. The color can range from dark purple shades — which resemble black — to a light lilac hue — which resembles a blond color. Use playful, complementary makeup tones, to bring out the jewel tones in your skin and eyes.


Wash your face and remove any existing makeup. This will create a fresh palate for your makeup.

Apply a tone appropriate foundation. Your foundation lays a base for applying other makeup. Consider using a foundation with an SPF rating, to protect your skin from sun damage.

Assemble your brushes and lay them out in an orderly manner for easy access.

Select the shades of eye shadow you want to use. Three similar shades of the same color — or three complementary colors — will create a stylish, multi-dimensional look.

If your hair is a shade of dark purple, you want to use light shades of makeup to complement your look. For lighter shades of purple, such as a lilac shade, you will want to select darker shades of makeup to create a larger contrast. Jewel tones are complemented by simple earth tones, such as brown, tan, and red.

Apply the eyeshadow beginning with the lightest color, and ending with the darkest color. The lightest color is applied as the base — from the eyebrow — to the base of the eyelashes. The mid-tone is then applied to the inner half of the eyelid. The darkest color is your contouring shade. This will be used on the outer portion of the eyelid.

Apply a gentle shade of blush. Smile to move your cheeks into the correct position: Then apply the blush beginning near the nose — and moving outward — in a sweeping motion.

Apply a lip stain or gloss to your lips. The lip color should be similar, or the same, as the blush color you have chosen. Bright reds should be reserved for use with lilac purple only. In any other circumstance, the dark red will likely be too overpowering.