Hello everyone! Happy New Years Eve! I hope you have all been having a wonderful holiday season and that you have either fun or super chill plans tonight! I actually have tickets to go to a big party tonight at a hotel (very unlike me), but I would have been equally as happy just playing games with friends, or even chilling at home with my cats (extremely like me). So whatever your plans are, I hope they are enjoyable.
As a send off to 2018, I wanted to do something with the Pantone colour of 2018, Ultraviolet.
A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
Often Pantone’s choice for the colour of the year can result in colour trends throughout many areas of life such as interior design, clothing and of course, makeup products. This year we certainly saw an increased interest and request for more purples in makeup, especially in eyeshadow palettes. I’m not sure that many mainstream companies delivered (ABH sort of tried with the Norvina palette and Bobbi Brown did produce a palette that is actually called Ultra-Violet), but often the wheels in the makeup industry turn slow, so who knows, we might see even more purple this year.
So, as my tribute to 2018’s colour of the year, I decided to do a very purple eye look. What helped solidify this decision was that I saw the indie makeup brand Ace Beaute had been hosting a 12 Days of Christmas Face Chart Challenge on instagram, and a purple smokey eye was one of the days! Since I have been wanting to recreate a face chart for quite a while, this struck me as the perfect opportunity!
The day that I recreated is below. I love that they created a variety of face charts for the same day to be inclusive and give an idea of their expectations across a variety of skin tones.
And here is my recreation! The purples I used aren’t completely blue-based like ultraviolet should be, but I did my best with what few purple shadows I had.
I created this look using the reverse blending method with my eyeshadow primer left tacky. I like to use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as my primer.
- I first applied a matte deep purple (from Juvia’s Place Zulu Palette) to the lowest parts of the outer corner. I first packed on this shade, and then I started softly blending it out and into the rest of the crease. I really took my time with this, using small amounts of product to get a perfect blend.
- In some of the face chart pictures the edges of the purple blend almost looked like it had some pink in it, so I used a tiny bit of a matte cherry red with quite a pink undertone on the periphery of the purple (also from Juvia’s Zulu).
- To deepen the crease to be a darker purple I added a matte black shadow to get the desired depth (“Smoked Out” from Stilazzi Stellar Palette)
- After cutting the crease in a halo with a white concealer, I slightly dabbed the edges with a cotton swab to diffuse the concealer easily, and blended some of the matte purple onto either side of the halo.
- I then applied a bright white highlighter onto the concealer in the halo shape (“Luna” from Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit).
- I completed the lid by further blending the edges of the halo with both the matte black and purple shades.
- For the lower lash line I applied the matte purple along the length, blending out the edges slightly with the cherry red matte shadow. I then deepened the lash line with the matte black shadow.
- Lastly I applied the same bright white highlighter to the inner corner and brow bone.
To finish off the look I applied the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in “Psychedelic Sister”, “Rockstar” and “Heartless”. Because the center of the water line almost looked highlighted, that is where I placed the shade Heartless, surrounded on either side with a mix of Psychedelic Sister and Rockstar. Because this look is so dramatic I applied the equally dramatic Ardell 3D Faux Mink “852” lashes.
Well, how do you think I did in this recreation? I definitely see slight places and details that could have been changed to be more accurate, but overall I think I did a pretty good job!
Do you think the Pantone 2018 Colour Ultraviolet played a big role in the makeup industry this year? Are you excited for Pantone’s 2019 colour, Living Coral? I’ll definitely be featuring some posts about that colour once things start to feel more Spring-like!
Happy New Year!