Purple reigns supreme for eyes and lips this season in varying shades, from subtle to sooty, with some showing up nearly black.
But dark doesn't equal disaster. Don't let these colors intimidate you. Makeup expert Bobbi Brown, right, says anyone can wear these sultry shades.
"Try eye shadows and lip colors in plum, cherry and maple that have been infused with sheer black sparkles, which will be a little bit more translucent and wearable," Brown says. "Try wearing the darker colors on just one part of the face. If you wear a darker lip, pair it with a more subtle eye and vice versa."
Brown says it's simple to get a dramatic, smoky eye.
"Apply a Kohl Eye Liner to the upper and lower lash line and smudge with your finger for a look that's sophisticated but also a little bit edgy. Compliment your smoky eye with a less intense lip - try a sheer lip gloss in a dark tone."
Check out these products for a fall look. They look great on everyone. Plus, they're just plum pretty.
From Bobbi Brown's Black Velvet Collection, shine on with the juicy and delicious Metallic Eye Shadow in Black Berry. Or grab a Kohl Eye Liner in Black Plum and start smudging. Top it off with Bobbi's Lip Gloss in Black Chocolate; $20 each; Bobbi Brown counters and BobbiBrownCosmetics.com
Other picks that were tops with our testers:
Rimmel London Max Volume Flash Curves Mascara promises 14 times the volume. We like how it plumps up your wallet, too, with its budget price tag; $5.50 at CVS.com
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick is an ultra-rich, super-pigmented formula that comes in 50 shades of matte, pearly and satin finishes. Wear one alone or combined. Our tester said this lipstick had super staying power, rating it a perfect 10; $19; Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Lancome Paris Color Design Eye Shadow Quad in French Touch, part of the French Coquettes fall collection, features a gorgeous, rich shade of eggplant. Our tester liked the way the silky shadows slipped on, blended and lasted;
$42; Macys.com and get a gift with any $32.50 purchase
Smooth out uneven skin tones with Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. This pearly prep can be worn alone or underneath foundation. Plus, it's packed with powerful antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C. Our tester liked the nongreasy texture and loved the glow it gave. She gave this product a 9 rating; $28; Target stores, Target.com and PixiBeauty.com
Glide on a tasty treat with Napoleon Perdis' NP Set Luscious Lip Shine in Bermuda or Berlin. These glosses are infused with shea butter and jojoba seed oil and smell delish. Our testers also liked this product's consistency and slanted applicator, rating it a solid 7; $15; Target stores and Target.com
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