Follow Vogue Arabia

Beauty Sound Bites: Does Purple Reign?



“We used so much lavender backstage, in a pastel wash of color. It was paired with peach accents to keep the whole face neutral.”

—Vimi Joshi, M.A.C Senior Artist for the Middle East

With radiant orchid (a lavender-accented fuchsia) named the pantone color of the year, the Spring 2014 runways debuted some bold blue-toned looks. Namely, there were sci-fi accented, frosted lavender eyelids at Holly Fulton and matte lavender lips at Peter Pilotto, providing the feeling of “otherworldly beings,” to quote makeup artist Lucia Pica.


Lavender, however took on another very important role in the creation of the flawless complexion.

Backstage at the shows, Vimi Joshi confided that heavy-duty foundations were replaced with light-reflecting powders. Enter the new beauty buzzword: CC, or color correctors.



In other words, move over, BB creams, this spring it’s all about the CC compact. “Think of these like a color wheel,” says Vimi. Just as orange neutralizes blue tones, yellow is wonderful for concealing under-eye circles and hyperpigmentation, while lavender acts as an instant brightener. This all sounds rather technical, but it needn’t be: “the color correctors were created to be used in real life to conceal everyday skin concerns,” explains Vimi. “They are used to neutralize the undertones of the skin and if used correctly can bring your skin back to an even skin tone.”

Have you ever had days when you wake up and your skin has taken on a dull, greyish appearance? Well, I certainly have, and the quick-fix answer is to counteract the greyness with a sweeping of lavender powder for its illuminating qualities. Expected to be available in the region as of May, and we can’t wait to get our hands on some.

View All
Vogue Collection