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Royal Flush 

Purple is the regal color this fall.

Once the fashion purview of royalty, gods and religious leaders, the masses this fall are embracing the color purple as a hot fashion commodity, using it to add a regal touch to eyes, lips, cheeks and wardrobes.

Local makeup artist and entrepreneur Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has developed her own BGD brand makeup lines with an eye toward wearability, easy application and vivid colors. Her Screaming Purple eye dust is iridescent when applied, adds dimension to eyes and lasts through hours of fun, $14. Another option is BGD's Purple Haze eye shimmer, packaged as a loose eye shadow powder for easy application and has a silver dome lid for a touch of class on your dressing table, $18. BGD also offers a purple pressed-powder eye shadow compact for those who like to carry their makeup around for touchups, $14. All are available at BGD Make-Up Artistry & Beauty Bar (1800 Hastings St., 427-1169; www.bgdmakeupartistry.com). Give your lips an equally royal countenance with special purple gloss from Lip Lingerie that contains lip-plumping ingredients and real sterling silver flecks to reflect the light from every angle for added dimension and beauty. The gloss, which clings to the lips for staying power, is packaged in a pot to make it easy to apply with a lip brush, and comes in a special decorative box that makes it look like a luscious bon-bon, $20, from Makeup by Robert Hudson (603 1/2 Metairie Road, Metairie, 837-0905).

click to enlarge Screaming Purple eye dust by BGD
  • Screaming Purple eye dust by BGD
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click to enlarge Purple lip gloss by Lip Lingerie
  • Purple lip gloss by Lip Lingerie
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