How to Wear Purple This Season

Love lilac? Here’s how to wear purple this season.

Purple – or Ultra Violet, to be precise – might have been last year’s colour of the year, but it’s taken a good season or two for every variation of the enchanting shade to make its way into our wardrobe. But now that spring is here, it feels like rich shades of aubergine to lovely lilacs are here to stay. 

While the out-there shade might feel like it’s one of the harder colours to work into your wardrobe, don’t be fooled into thinking this on-trend hue is too difficult to wear. Recent runway shows quickly proved our point with every shade of purple imaginable being paraded down the runway. While tonal purple dressing is definitely an option if you’re not quite ready to wear purple from head-to-toe the easiest way to start embracing this colour trend is by pairing your favourite purple shade with your current wardrobe staples.  

Surprisingly, there’s not a lot of other colours that purple doesn’t go with. Pastel shades – think icy shades of blue, blush pinks and even mint green – are making a comeback this season and pair perfectly with soft lilac hues. Neutral shades of caramel and earthy brown will give purple a contemporary twist. But for those who really want to turn heads and aren’t afraid of bright colours, look to team purple with fiery shades of red, piquant orange and hot pink.

Take a look in the gallery below to discover how to wear purple as inspired by our favourite looks straight from Fashion Week.


The Make-Up to Buy Right Now

From a self-refreshing foundation from Shiseido to luxurious lipsticks from Gucci, this is the best new make-up to buy this month.

If you’re looking for some spring beauty inspiration, you’re in luck: plenty of easy-to-achieve beauty looks were paraded down the runways at London, New York, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. With a focus on dewy, luminous skin; subtly defined features – think strong cheekbones and brows – and soft pinks and neutral shades, it’s easy to recreate the fresh-faced beauty looks of the fashion world. To get the job done, we’ve rounded up the best new make-up to buy this month.

If you’re tired of feeling like your regular foundation is weighing your skin down, Shiseido Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation ($69) does what other formulations don’t: it provides serious long-wearing coverage that feels more like a second skin. Not only is it breathable and weightless, but it’s also smudge-proof and humidity and sweat resistant making it the perfect foundation for summer. It’s packed with SPF30 to fend off those harmful ways and also creates a protective veil that safeguards skin from pollution.

It is the season to get golden and luminous skin and new RMS Beauty Sensual Skin Trio ($55 from Mecca) is the perfect all-in-one complexion palette to get your skin glowing in time. It features Madeira Bronzer Luminising Powder, Grande Dame Luminising Powder and Demure Blush – an exclusive pressed-powder version to RMS’ best-selling Lip2Cheek formula. Wear them alone or together to create the radiant skin of your dreams.

If you’re hunting for a palette that has it all look no further than Too Faced Watermelon Face + Eyeshadow Breakaway Palette ($72 from Mecca). One side of the cute palettes is fulled with eight high-pigment shadows in a variety of sparkling shades, while the opposite side features a soft pink highlighter, matte candy watermelon blush and a caramelised bronzer. 

Gucci Makeup is finally touching down in New Zealand when David Jones Newmarket opens in the next few weeks – find out more it here. We’re currently coveting the sheer Rouge Ă  Lèvres Voile formulation and Millicent Rose – a soft rose-inspired shade of pink – is the colour we will be wearing this spring.

If you’re after a lip colour that’s a bit bolder, Revlon‘s new Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish ($27) arrives just in time to brighten things up for the coming season. The high-shine formula provides serious colour payoff while leaving lips smooth and soft. 

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Brow Perfector ($63) is all you need for seriously defined brows. The clever 3-in-one formula is an eyebrow pencil meets powder meets brush. In three easy steps you’ll have the brows of your dream. Start by filing in your brows with hair-like strokes using the ultra-fine pencil; fill in any sparse areas with the cushion applicator, and finally use the brush to blend, shape and groom.

Dr. Hauschka Natural Spirit Limited Edition Blush Duo 04 ($66) is all you need for a beautiful complexion this season. The two easy-to-wear duo features and apricot and rose shade, is 100 per cent natural and is not tested on animals.