Bold Purple & Gold Eyes: Autumnal Party Look

I love autumn and winter and one of the highlights is that it's party season which means dusting off the ole sparkly dress and glamming up ready for an evening filled with the inevitable mulled wine and Christmas nibbles. It's fantastic.

The second best thing is that makeup gets darker, smokier and a whole other range of colours opens up. I'm talking cranberry and purple tones; colours that if worn incorrectly can make it look like a bit of a black eye has happened, but it doesn't have to.

For this look I used the Sleek palette in "Vintage Romance" which is full of purple, cranberry and gold tones in both matte and shimmer - and they're incredibly pigmented. And for the lip I used Sleek Matte Lipstick in "Dare". All other products are standard foundations and concealers.

Here's how I did it:

  1. Start with your standard base - I used YSL Touche d'eclat* in the shade Beige alongside the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. For my brows, I filled them in with my Barry M Brow palette.
  2. Then I warmed up my face using the Bourjois Paris Bronzer.
  3. And the fun part, the eyes! I used a cream gold shadow called "Meet in Madrid" from the Sleek palette. It's highly pigmented and is a good all over base. ((At the bottom of the page is an image of the palette to give you a better idea of colours!))
  4. Then for the outer creases, I packed on the "Forever in Florence", blending as I went. I made sure it was highly pigmented and therefore contrasted massively to the gentler gold.
  5. I then took "Honeymoon in Hollywood" onto a liner brush and brushed it along my lower waterline, taking it slightly below my lower lashes to make sure the colour was obvious.
  6. Whack on the mascara!
  7. Using Sleek's "Dare" I outlined my lips and then filled it in with the same colour - the lipstick doesn't need a liner due to it being matte but I find tracing my lips first means I don't have to worry about a messy lipstick job!
There we go! I'm in love with the final look as it allows you to use colours that when used incorrectly, can look messy and slightly bruise like but when mixed up with other hues, look sophisticated and perfect for that christmas ball! The look is so full on that I find it works perfectly with a little black dress and a simple pair of heels.

This is a look I'll be wearing alot this autumn. Maybe not everyday, but certainly in the evening!

The makeup used:

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