IN an on-line survey of nearly 400,000 people, purple was voted the joint top favourite colour, along with blue. The least favourite colour was golden yellow.
Another survey, this time of children, found that as many as 75% say that purple is their favourite colour.
Purple has long been associated with wealth, power and royalty. This is probably because natural purple dyes used in cloth manufacture were extremely expensive. It is said that the Tyrian purple dye, originally from Lebanon, and made from crushed seashells was more costly, weight for weight, than pure gold.
Lichens and madder root were also used to make purple dyes and these became increasingly popular during the Middle Ages. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that a man-made chemical dye was created, thereby making purple more affordable and colour-fast.
In Elizabethan times, there was a law restricting the wearing of purple to the monarch and members of the extended royal family.
The rule of thumb for wearing purple is that cool blue-spectrum shades suit people with cool colouring while red purples look best on people with warm colouring.
If you suit pink blusher then choose a blue/purple, but if you use an orange-based blusher or bronzer choose red/purple.