Brandied Plum | Day-to-Night Look

After taking a break from really strong lip colors in the last look, I thought I could hardly do justice to a series of looks focused on plums without looking at some plum shades for lips and cheeks. I put together a few things that I thought would make a nice day-to-night look with a sheer, cool-leaning plum for day and a richer, deeper plum for evening.

I settled on pairing honey-rose-brandy “blush” shades with plum for this series of looks, because I hoped that the “blush” tones would balance the coolness of the plums while tying in with them through a shared base of red. This time, I envisioned placing blush shades on the lids using the lightest shade and the mid-tone coppery shade in this Burberry palette. On the lips and cheeks, for day I thought it might be nice to go cooler and more sheer (especially with my winter-pale skin), using a shimmery-sheer cool-plum lipstick tied to a cool-plum blusher.

Plum for day. From the left, Lancome Blush Subtil in Aplum; Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant in Sweet Plum; Burberry eyeshadow quad in Nude Blush.

Plum for day. From the left, Lancome Blush Subtil in Aplum; Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant in Sweet Plum; Burberry eyeshadow quad in Nude Blush.

For evening, I thought it might be interesting to build on the eye by adding a warm, plummy-bronze cheek color for added depth and dimension, adding a more distinct plummy-purple liner to the coppery-blush eye shades, and intensifying the lip to a vibrant–but still somewhat sheer–deep-plum shade. (All the plum shades in my collection are sheer–I have satin finishes in berry and in black cherry, but not plum! Otherwise I would’ve shown you some variety in the finishes.) The evening look is, to my eye, substantially warmer and richer in tone. It’s interesting how a couple of seemingly minor substitutions can really change a look.

Plum for evening. From the left, Chanel Les Beiges Multicolor in shade 2; YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in Prune in Fire; Burberry eyeshadow quad in Nude blush (background); Maybelline gel liner in Aubergine.

Plum for evening. From the left, Chanel Les Beiges Multicolor in shade 2; YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in Prune in Fire; Burberry eyeshadow quad in Nude blush (background); Maybelline gel liner in Aubergine.

These looks–especially the evening one–are going to be a bit tough for me to pull off with my winter-pale complexion, but I’ll take my best shot! I’ll look forward to sharing these brandied-plum, day-to-night looks with you soon. In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely day! xo bunikins@mua

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