Makeup of the day – red and purple

The inspiration behind this week’s makeup is one of my favourite colour combinations: red and purple. These two vibrant colours, whatever the skin tone, brighten up the face in a unique way and I find myself going back to it all the time. I mean, look how Diana was rocking it back in ’92:


Back to makeup though, when make-up artists pair purple eyes with red lips, is when when the colour combination works best. Here is one of the iconic 1970’s style British Vouge editorials from 2011 with model Lindsey Wixson and make-up artist Lisa Eldridge which is a perfect example why I love these colours so much.




This editorial is a masterclass in how to get it done and beautifully shows Lisa Eldridge’s artistic perfection. Here is the full video of the shoot where Lisa goes into detail about how she created this look down to the last product and as far as I know they are still available today so you could re-create it at any time.

Here is my version and all the details:



Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%, Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser, Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Shade in Mauve, e.l.f Lip Scrub and plenty of By Terry Baume De Rose, The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist.


Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua 20 and 30, Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in Light Peach, Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer in Shade 21 Linen all buffed together with a Real Techniques sponge.


Kiko Precision Brow Pencil in no. 4, Mac Fluidline Brow Gelcreme (I used this one just to draw in a few hairs with a tiny artist brush).


Mac Paint Pot in Painterly as a base, Makeup Revolution Soph palette (see below) purple shade all over the upper lid (it looks very different in my picture, not exactly sure why, probably the lighting), the light and darker brown blended under the eyes and a touch of the light gold shade in the inner corners. I used my trusty Blacktrack cream liner from Mac on the upper waterline and a few coats of e.l.f Length and Volume Mascara.


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Pearl, Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Natural Beauty Shade 7. Highlight on the hightest point of the cheekbones followed by Chanel Rose Initiale blusher.


I lined with Redd lip pencil from Mac, then used Mac Brave Red all over the lips and a touch of Mac Lustreglass in Lustre White in the centre of the lips. The cupids bow is highlighted with Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Natural Beauty Shade 7. Highlight.

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