Makeup to Wear With a Purple Dress

By Wanda Brito

The rainbow of purple, from lavender to dark plum, demands attention in a sea of dresses. However, this bold color choice requires some equally crafted makeup palette decisions to highlight your features and remain appropriate for the time of day.

Daytime Daze

Light Dress

Daylight means lightening up on makeup to create a fresh, glowing appearance. If you are wearing a light lavender or rosy red purple, keep the makeup simple and sweet. Sweep a matte bone shadow over the entirety of your eyelid. If you have fair skin or blond hair opt for a taupe shade to warm up the palette. Apply a neutral shimmery champagne color to the inner corner of your eye and just underneath your eyebrow.

Apply a black cream kohl eyeliner pencil along your upper lash line working with tiny dash strokes as close to the lashes as possible. You want to build up the upper lash line gently. Blend out any even areas with a clean angle brush. Sweep an angle brush loaded with a light taupe shade along the bottom lash line. Apply two coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes.

Stick to warm coral colors for your cheeks and lips. If you want a slightly bolder look opt for a rich red lipstick because the eyes are so fresh and simple. A bolder lip choice suits ladies with light hair to brighten up the palette. However, bold lips also pop against darker hair colors.

Dark Daytime

Darker dresses in rich plums and eggplants are popular choices for afternoon gatherings and weddings. These darker colors demand bolder makeup with a little more edge. Sweep a rich, shimmery champagne shade across the eyelid up to the crease. Dip a fluffy blending brush into an matte eggplant shadow. Buff this shadow into the outer corner of the crease and blend until there is just a hint of dimension along the crease.

Dip an angle brush into the same eggplant shade and work the product along your bottom lash line to build up a little smoky intensity. Apply a black gel or liquid eyeliner along your top lash line using small dash strokes. Keep the line thin and even so that you are still daytime appropriate. Apply black mascara to the top lashes focusing extra attention on the outer lashes.

Opt for peach and coral blushes that make the skin glow and work with every skin tone. Keep the lips light and soft to balance out the dark tone of the dress and the slightly smokier eye. Nude pinks and sandy tones pop against darker dresses and work with dark and light hair colors.

Nighttime Elegance

Evening makeup means smokey elegance and bold color choices. If you're wearing a purple dress it also means an opportunity to build up a smoky eye using purple, instead of the typical grays, browns and blacks. No matter the shade of purple, this smoky look mirrors the purple in your dress and brings out nearly any skin tone.

Sweep a soft matte eyeshadow in lilac or lavender over the eyelid. You want a very light wash of this base color to build up that purple color without going overboard. Avoid shades that have pink undertones, these tones tend to make eyes look a little inflamed.

Dip a blending brush into a dark plum or eggplant matte shadow. Blend this color along the outer corner of your eye and along the crease. Blend, buff and build this purple color until you have depth on the outer half of the eye that gently blends into the lighter color in the inner half of the eye

Dip an angle brush into this dark plum color and sweep along the bottom lash line for a full, smoky effect. To build a brighter look, dip the angle brush into the lighter purple color and sweep along the bottom lashes instead.

Apply a black gel eyeliner along the top lash line and flick up at the outer corner of the eye. Follow up with two coats of black mascara along the top lash line. Finish the look with a nude pink or sandy lipstick to keep the face and body balanced. If you are wearing a slightly lighter shade of dress then you can opt for a berry lipstick for a warmer burst of color.