Purple Makeup: Fail or Fave?! PLUS, Meg Could Answer YOUR Makeup Question!

It’s Meg here, getting you ready for fall! The color of the season has been chosen, so I hope you’re fully stacked up on your violets, aubergines, plums and amethysts. That’s right ladies, as we’ve previously mentioned in our purple fashion trendspotting, purple has taken center stage. Here are a few favorites to make sure you’re on trend with makeup, too. Plus, let us know if this makeup must is a no or go in your book.

Oh, Chanel! You’ve done it again. Another sure to be cult favorite, Paradoxal ($23) is a sophisticated purple that manages to blend in some serious grey and taupe tones. If you can’t afford the purple Chanel boucle, you can surely scrimp a bit for this lovely lacquer. A girl is never fully dressed without a little Chanel, so sport some “Paradoxal” on the nails and you’ve not only pleased the fashion gods, you’ve managed to incorporate the pretty purple trend, too.

Starting the recommendations with Chanel and YSL? Who do I think I am today? Daddy Warbucks? I know. But this duo, Yves Saint Laurent Ombre DuoLumieres Eyeshadow #29 “Purple Amethyst” ($41) is just fantastic—I keep it in my purse. Again, the purple here is subtle. The tawny brown is a very soft shade as well, so it won’t overpower in the office. All you have to do is ramp up a little more with the shimmery amethyst side and you’re ready for a very fashionable dinner date.

I told you stick with me! Here you go, frugal fashionistas! The NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil #934”Smoky Plum” ($5) won’t budge, goes on smoothly…and it’s waterproof (throw as many crying fits as you like! A little drama is good!). When we reviewed this liner the remarks were, “As good as the pricey counterparts in staying power!” This Smoky Plum can serve as a great replacement for your standard black and keep you runway-ready under the hot lights. “I only want to see you laughing in the Purple Rain!” Okay, Prince, wearing Smoky Plum? No running issues here!

It comes as no surprise that Urban Decay does purple perfectly—what else would you expect? It is their signature shade! Their Big Fatty Mascara is a thin-lashed gal’s BFF. They know color is paramount this fall and have blessed us with their sublime Purple Haze ($17). Worn alone, it is perfectly suitable for a 9-5. If you want to create a theatrical expression (who doesn’t?), then here’s a tip for you: Before you apply your Purple Haze, prime your lashes with a white-based lash primer. Purple really pops with a light base and you’ll exude flair from every angle!

This Revlon Super Lustrous-Creme Lipstick, VA VA Violet! #663 ($7.99) comes in a dramatic, ink-shade at a drama-free price. If this color is too explosive for a conservative work environment, top it off with a softer gloss. For a night out, we say “go with it!” Revlon gets it right: The staying power is decent, the formula isn’t drying and you’ll look like you stepped off the cover of Vogue.

I am partial to the watermelon mint flavor, but my girlfriend swears by green apple. Blue-based purple lips can counteract the yellow in your skin tone and make your teeth look whiter! If you’re feeling like your pearly whites wont be able to pull off a brown-based purple (eggplant, anyone?), then these Go Smile Touch-ups ($10) will make you want to say “cheese”…especially if you’ve been enjoying your cheese with red wine. Purple is all over the catwalk, but it will never be in style on your teeth. These little capsules will have you a shade whiter in no time, taste delish, and fit into even the smallest clutch for after-dinner, pre-kiss touch-ups (did I mention they freshen your breath as well?).

-Megan O’Brien of MegsMakeup.com

Megan O’Brien runs Megsmakeup.com. Meg is a beauty expert and makeup artist who frequently guest stars on national television. Megsmakeup.com is her baby, where she believes, “Always remember, true beauty comes from within…From within bottles, jars, compacts and tubes!”

GIRL TALK TIME: Would you ever or would you never sport purple makeup? Vote below AND ask Meg your burning makeup questions: How do you really cover up adult acne? Is green nail polish a must this season? Which drugstore mascara really works? We could choose your dilemma to answer next time around.

Poll: Would you ever wear purple makeup?

  • Definitely! I'm loving everything about this trend (42%)
  • Depends on which makeup product we're talking here (42%)
  • Ehh, maybe on a wild night out (11%)
  • Never ever (5%)
  • Thanks for voting! You can earn 2 OMG Points by commenting—simply share your vote, your opinion or anything else in the comment box below.
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  • Dorinda Paskett:

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  • Cecilia:

    Purple is one of my many favorite colors’ I like it for the summer right into the fall wear very neat awesome!!!

  • Chastity Palmer-Davis:

    The chanel polish is a must very glamorous!

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    Vi Pham:

    Go Smile works great love that product….and i might just try the chanel polish.

  • Tooietee:

    the purple has been a go to of mine for years..From lavender to deep purple really compliments my skin tone too!

  • cheryl:

    I have been doing purples for years, glad to know I am finally in Vogue (ha ha)

  • Jamielee Nelson:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE purples and lavenders as eye shadow, never tried any purples as anything else…

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    Jennifer Villar:

    I love purple makeup:) all kinds …one of my favorite colors to use!

  • Lauren Henriksen:

    purple is great but not every skin tone can pull off all shades of it imo.

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    Yay! I love that purple is back! But not for the lips, always looks too Halloween costume-y or corpse-like, doesn’t matter who you are or how you wear it.

  • Joy:

    Yes love all things purple. I really like the eyeliner. Something fresh & different.

  • Chelsea:

    I have to have that Chanel polish, I’m so in love!!! I love purple makeup, my most reached for eyeliner is the purples from UD.

  • DaCakesLady:

    Purple is sooo hottt right now :)

  • rushawn thomas:

    purple is one of my faves .. so I like i so so so like

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    Love the purple!

  • Taylor Jackson:

    Some people look great in Purple. i’m not one of them :(

  • Donya:

    Purple is a great hue for makeup, you just have to know what your doing!

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    i personally love purple, lilac, violet. i would sport the nail color & eye shadow. my fave purple eye shadow is mac’s creme de violet.

  • Asta Sinusas:

    Loooove purple – especially for eyes & nails.

  • Crispy:

    Deep purple is a pretty color, but in general purple isn’t my color personally. I do have a very dark green nail polish from Sephora by OPI which I bought last fall and I cannot wait to wear it this fall!


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