The matchup: Purple monochromatic makeup

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Unlike my last post that featured mauve makeup, this will be showcasing a more purple-grey look. In this post, I’ll be using the following thing:

  • The shades pearlthistle, and nightingale from the Julep flights of fancy palette in Solstice
  • The Urban Decay primer potion in original
  • The Kiko Milano smart eyeshadow in 08
  • The Julep gel eyeliner in radiant amethyst
  • The Bite Beauty amuse bouche lipstick in cava

Keep reading to learn how to get what I call a “sunset” look. The latest trend is also called sunset eyes (see a great tutorial here) but it draws inspiration from a sunrise. The shades used include hot pink, red, orange, and yellow, shades you see in the morning. My look is more subtle, drawing colors from a sunset- dusty blue and greyish purple.

Let me explain what I’ll be using.

First up are the Julep Flights of Fancy palette. They were from the Holiday 2016 collection and as of the time of this post, they’re still available on amazon here. They come in a duo with the Solstice palette (shown above) and Equinox palette (not pictured) that contains lighter tones. They are both incredible, but I think the pigment is the best in Solstice. Julep has struggled with eyeshadow in the past, but these are amazing.

Second is the Bite Beauty lipstick in cava, recently reviewed here. I love this lipstick! If you’re curious, go check out the review for swatches and my thoughts on it.

Third is an eyeshadow from Kiko Milano (the smart eyeshadow) in the shade 08. I was pretty harsh on the Mini Divas line from Kiko Milano here and here, but this eyeshadow I love!

I’m also using the Urban Decay primer potion in original. You can consider this step optional if you have dry eyes, but my eyes are incredibly oily so eyeshadow primer is a must for me.

For a pop of purple I’ll be using the Julep when pencil met gel eye pencil in radiant amethyst. This is my favorite eyeliner because of how easily it glides on and smudges beautifully.

Finally, the brushes I’ll be using are also from Julep. The fluffy one is this one and the denser one is this one.

This is what the finished look will be. Let’s go!

First apply the primer (if you’re using it) and pat it all over the lid. Then dip the fluffy brush into the shade pearl (pictured above) and sweep it all over the lid, making sure to apply a little to the inner corners of your eyes and swiping some under the brow bone.

Next take the same brush and take some of thistle into the crease. Thistle is one of my all time favorite eyeshadow shades because I’ve never seen anything like it. It swatches purple, but on my eyes it looks like a soft grey. The formula is also amazing with minimal fallout. I blend this all throughout my crease trying to avoid any harsh lines.

Then take the single from Kiko Milano (shade 08) and swipe it all across the lid using the denser brush. This shadow can also be used wet (spray some water on the brush, then dip it into the powder) for a bolder look. Then take the fluffy brush and blend that with thistle in the crease. Next grab the dense brush again and use the flat edge to take nightingale (bottom right shade) and drag it along your upper lash line. Then smoke that out with the fluffy brush again.

For a purple glow, take the Julep eyeliner in Radiant Amethyst and apply it to your upper and lower waterline. This won’t be visible, but when you look up you’ll see a purple glow beneath your lashes.

Finish off the eyes with a coat of mascara (I’m wearing the Benefit roller lash in brown) and apply face makeup. All I’m wearing on my face is some of the RMS un-cover up in the shade 00 (see swatches here) on around my nose. If you want blush and highlight, there are some great options in the Julep palette. I’m also wearing a bit of the Hoola bronzer by Benefit on my forehead and under my cheekbones.

Now the lips!

 I’m applying the Bite Beauty lipstick in cava straight from the bullet. I really love this shade, mostly because it’s a neutral that’s not boring. The formula is wonderful too and I really adore the packaging. I’m using the mirror in the Julep palette because they both come with huge mirrors that are amazing for applying makeup in.

That’s the final look! It’s soft, subtle, and also perfect to wear on a night with a beautiful sunset. If you’re interested in recreating this look, click the links below to shop the products I used.

Ciao bella!





*A note*

Some of the products in this post were given to me for PR purposes through the company. 

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