‘Let’s Makeup’ With DeShawn Hatcher: Don’t Be Afraid of Purple

Rihanna | Free Spirits Cosmetics

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We saw Instagram go wild with Rihanna’s bold purple lip this past weekend. Of course, the color from her BFF’s new line Free Spirits sold out instantly, but purple’s reign doesn’t have to stop there.

Celebrity beauty expert and educator DeShawn Hatcher answers some of our readers’ pressing beauty questions and offers up purple as a go-to color for spring, including eyeshadow and liner, along with beauty-on-a-budget recommendations.

Q: I am planning my makeup for spring. I have medium brown skin. What makeup products should I buy to create a colorful and fresh look?
DH: My all-time favorite makeup for spring is a purple eyeshadow. Don’t be afraid of purple; it comes in so many shades, from the softest pastel lavender to a deep blue. It looks beautiful on everyone. There are two great companies that showcase many shades of purple in one compact: Maybelline NY Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Purple Icon and Stila Cosmetics 20th Anniversary Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette-Body.

Q: I have an event to go to after work. How can I transition my makeup from a conservative, professional look to an after five look without having to redo my makeup?
Hands down my favorite quick fix for a quick change are eye pencils. Do a quick smoky eye. Use a black, brown or even a purple pencil. Line the eyes all the way around, staying close to the lash line. Line the inner rim for an even more intense look. Next, gently smudge towards the crease. Just remember when you’re done, set with a powder. My pencils of choice are Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencils in Delinquent—a smoky purple with flecks of gold, and MAC’s Smolder Pencil, the Blackest Black.

Q: How can I apply my makeup and get great coverage without my face looking pasty?
Here are two key things you must know: (1) You must choose the right color foundation; my choice is creams. (2) Foundation doesn’t need to be used all over the face. Apply in the T-zone area and blend up toward the hairline and out toward the jaw line. Most important, use it sparingly; a little foundation goes a long way. Set with a light dusting of powder.

Use a setting spray. My choice is Skindinavia; it helps set your makeup and calms down an over-powdered face. My favorite companies for all things black girl foundations are IMAN Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown. Honorable mention goes to Dior—they have stepped up their game for women of color.

Q: I’m on a budget. What drugstore brands can I purchase in the foundations, powder, lip and eye categories that yield great results?
DH: Now, you’re talking my language. Drugstores provide some amazing products. IMAN Cosmetics, Maybelline NY, CoverGirl, BECCA Cosmetics and Black Opal are great for foundations, concealers and face powder. You can go nuts with lipsticks and eye shadows, from NYX, Milani, Revlon, Black Radiance and beyond.

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