Discover this year’s unlikely beauty inspiration with 14 of the best aubergine-coloured buys

Words Joy Montgomery

Aubergine: it’s the purple-hued super fruit identified by its glossy skin and meaty texture, typically used in Mediterranean cuisine. But beauty inspiration? Not so much. Yet scour the AW16 collections – Dior and Rodarte to name a couple – and you’ll see aubergine-lipped beauties treading the runways, while Instagram has fallen in love with aubergine-coloured nails to match the rich hues of fading autumn.

Let’s be honest: it’s not an easy look to pull off, and only the brave should venture into aubergine eyeshadow territory, which is best used sparingly and blended with soft greys to avoid the black eye effect. For a more accessible approach to the trend aubergine nails are the way to go (we love Soigne’s Robe Velors polish), while a deep purple lip offers a vampish twist to any outfit – best combined with paired down eye make-up and flawless skin.

DEBORAH LIPPMANN

Nail Polish – Dark Side of The Moon; £10 deborahlippmann.com

CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Lip Cheat Lip Liner – Bad Romance; £16 charlottetilbury.com

CLINIQUE

Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm; £22 clinique.co.uk

HD BEAUTY

Eye Shadow – Vamp; £28 beautyinhighdefinition.com

KJAER WEIS

Eye Shadow – Pretty Purple; £32 kjaerweis.com

JIN SOON

Nail Polish – Risque; £14 jinsoon.com

KIEHL’S

Super Multi Corrective Cream; £48 kiehls.co.uk

CHANTECAILLE

24 Hour Waterproof Eyeliner – Orchid; £22 chantecaille.com

LAURA MERCIER

Creme Eye Liner – Violet; £19.50 lauramercier.com

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Velvet Matte Lipstick – Eton Moi; £65 eu.christianlouboutin.com

SOIGNE

Nail Polish – Robe Velours; £11 soignenails.com

SURRATT

Artistique Eyeshadow – Tyrian 18; £16 net-a-porter.com

TOM FORD BEAUTY

Creme Color For Eyes – Midnight Violet; £30 tomford.com

Images from Rodarte AW16

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