Plum isn’t easy to wear, and the trick is having it lean towards raisin-brown undertones, so that it is more flattering.
The look here is a little dramatic (plum all the ways to the brows), but feel free to stop at your sockets for a more traditional and wearable smoky eye.
Step 1: Start by defining brows with powder
Step 2: Take a deep matte plum color (it should be a good cross between dark brown-purple-pink) and spread it within your lid, and down along the lower lashline. This is going to be your main color base.
Step 3: Then with a soft brush, apply a wash of metallic raisin brown (think of a brown wine color) all over the lid, and up to the brows. Keep it to just above the socket for a subtler look.
Step 4: To darken the lash line, apply a dark aubergine liner. Also trace it along the water line with a very fine brush. (I used MAC Macroviolet Fluidline.) If you have a true plum liner that would be perfect.
Step 5: If you don’t, however, then set the purple with a dark brown to pull it back to plum and mute the metallic line so it’s not so obvious, since that’s not the look we’re going for.
Step 6: (Optional) Apply a light sprinkling of pink reflecks over your lids for an extra gleam. Be careful the specks don’t grab in certain areas though.
Step 7: Apply black mascara to finish the look (or false eyelashes if you really want more drama).
The look without flash (below) is actually more like a traditional smoky eye in an unconventional shade. (Excuse the yellow artificial light as I’m doing this at night.)
- Matte foundation
- Nude lips
- Very dark burgundy lips (for a 1920’s feel)
- Green or hazel eyes
- Olive-to-gold based skin tones