If there is one word that has had a heavy come back in the beauty world lately, that is mauve.
I think this shade will gain in popularity as the season goes on, not only because is a wonderful colour for spring (specially for those like me who don’t feel like wearing pastels) but also because is a good way to incorporate colour on your makeup without going all out green. Brown loyals keep reading!
How to get the perfect mauve look? (for beginners)
Good measure. This one is sort of an evidence but don’t go overboard if you are starting out with the mauves (if you like a dramatic look go for it of course!).
Incorporate the mauve in one or two makeup items. My personal favourites being eyeshadow and lipstick, and then a very soft neutral cheek. You can also choose either eyes/cheeks or cheeks/lips, both look pretty. Balance off the mauve with browns or peachy neutrals (according to your personal preferences) or with whatever you think looks best on your skin tone.
Light hand during the day, heavy hand during the night. You can of course go all out and be more creative for nights out. If you are going clubing, a very intense mauve smokey eye will look gorgeous. During the day, a soft mauve lip and/or a soft browny-mauve eye look can be more suited and make you feel pretty and confident.
Sheer textures and mixology. If you are still afraid of getting out of your ‘nudes/natural’ comfort zone try sheer textures, mineral eyeshadow or a tinted lip balm will do the trick. Another way of incorporating mauve in a subtle way is what I call mixology. Mixing the mauves with more neutral tones (in my case browns). This is how I personally do it and I’m loving it!
Let’s start with the eyes. This is one of the best makeup items I’ve ever bought. Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette is a beauty! Perfect if you want to do a very soft romantic look, or a smokey brown look, or the mixology mauve look I was talking about. What I do is: I start with Fresco all over the lid, I then add depth in the socket of the eye with Plum Smoke and light to the center of the lid with Bamboo and African Violet (one on top of the other or mixed together). I also use African Violet under the bottom lash line to define the eye. If you want a bit more definition and depth you can add Kir Royal (for a more mauve finish) on the outer corner of the eye or Truffle (for a more brown finish).
If you want to add more definition around the eye, one of my favourite liners for a mauve look is Rimmel’s Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Perfect Plum (220). You can also use a brown liner if you want to calm down the mauve.
For the cheeks I use my favourite neutral blush CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Golden Sun (280). It goes with every makeup look you can think of and it compliments the mauve look nicely.
For the lips I have 2 lipsticks and 2 lip liners to show you, these you can wear by themselves or any combination you can imagine. I have two favourite combos:
NYX Natural + L’Oreal Saucy Mauve. My personal favourite. Both products are from the drugstore and together they make the perfect mauve lip. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!
MAC Whirl + MAC Brave. Whirl is more like a brown-mauve, Brave is more like a pink-mauve, together they make the perfect shade and wear beautifully on the lips.
Tempted by the Mauve Look? Which mauve products I should try next?