I don't wear purple often. I think purple is such a pretty color, but I've yet to find a purple that works for me. Being primarily of southeast asian descent, I have a medium-tan complexion with very yellow undertones which tend to clash with purples. Therefore, when I came across Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Explosion palette in Amethyst Ablaze, I fell in love with the vibrant colors, but was skeptical of whether or not they would work for me. Luckily, my sister wears purple beautifully and purchased the palette, which I borrowed for my little experiment. I was very pleasantly surprised with the outcome. :)
Amethyst Ablaze comes with 4 shades of purple: a really pale lavender highlight shade, a pinkish purple, a bluish purple, and a deep true purple with the addition of a 5th shadow, which is the "luminizing" topcoat, a super-shimmery, sheer silver shade.
As usual, I start with a primed eye:
I begin by applying a layer of the pinkish purple shade all over my upper eyelid:
Next, I sweep some of the pale lavender shade on my brow bone, highlighting the arch of my brow:
Then I apply the deepest purple shade to the outer corner of my upper eyelid, softly blending towards the center:
I line my bottom lid line with blue pencil liner. I wish I had a dark purple eyeliner pencil for this part, but I guess blue would do.
I layer the bluish purple shade over the blue eyeliner:
Next, I apply black eyeliner pencil to the outer corners of my upper and lower lid lines:
Then I layer some black shadow over the black eyeliner, blending and smudging as I do so for added drama:
Though we're supposed to layer the luminizing topcoat over our entire eye, I use it very sparingly to increase the highlight under my brow arch. It's super-over-the-top sparkly. An allover coat would be overkill, IMO, and would distract from the meticulous blending and shading we've been working on.
I add a winged line with black liquid liner to my top lid line and accent the outer corner of my bottom lid line:
Curl lashes, add mascara and I'm done:
This is actually the first purple eyeshadow look that I've been very pleased with. I'm thrilled that I've finally found one that works for me! Wheeeeeeeeee! Happy first of September!