Trend To Try: Ultra-Violet | People Magazine

Trend To Try: Ultra-Violet

WHEN Pantone announced that their colour of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet, we were a bit sceptical. How will we be able to translate this to our beauty looks? But now, having had time to reflect, we’re jumping on the prismatic bandwagon. We’ve had sufficient time to see how the elite does this dramatically provocative and regal shade. The playful colour works wonders to frame eyes and purple lips will really upgrade your LBD for nights out. Here’s how to take your make-up to a whole other level.

FACT: Purple became a symbol for the suffragette movement, signifying loyalty and dignity.

FOR fool-proof purple, choose one focal point and keep the rest of make-up neutral. Maria Menounos chose to make her lips the stand out feature.

PURPLE can throwback to the ’80s quite easily. Case in point, Scarlet Johansson‘s purple-and-magenta smokey. To keep an eye look this bold from veering to costume-y, make sure the colour stays below the crease and don’t wing it out too close to temples.

TIP: SWIPE a glitter pigment all over the eyelids, creating an intense shimmery texture.

Velvet Matte Lipstick In Violet Voltage: R134.95, NYX, Diamond Glow Eyeshadow Purple Drama: R149.95, Maybelline, Lipliner Pencil In Deepest PurpleR45, By L.A.Girl, Dis-Chem, Holo Wow! Dewy Lip Shine In Scarab Wings: R59.95, Essence And Lust Dust Ultra Violet: R220, By Manic Panic, AnonaMiss

Moondust Eyeshadow: R350, Urban Decay, Exaggerate Auto Eyeliner: R99.95, Rimmel, Sheer Kiss Lip Oil: R299, Elizabeth Arden, Purple Curling Mascara: R130, By Michelle Ori, Dis-Chem, Dreamy Matte Lipcolor: R99.95,  Palladio And Matte Duo Eyeshadow: R59.95, Palladio

Psychology of Purple

PURPLE combines the calmness of blue and fierceness of red. It is a favourite of very creative or eccentric types and is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Here’s how the colour affects us physically:

  • Uplifts
  • Calms the mind and nerves
  • Offers a sense of spirituality
  • Encourages creativity


I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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