tutorial: purple smokey eyes

June 21st, 2011

I’ve been a little obsessed with purple for the past few months.  Maybe it was Natalie Portman’s Oscars look that kicked it off — or maybe it was just bound to happen, given that purple is such an easy, flattering color to wear.

And that applies to makeup too!  Purple eyeshadow isn’t like blue — it’s so much more neutral, and doesn’t give that 80’s vibe that most colored shadows do.  It’s almost more like a brown or grey, except even more universally pretty.  Take basically any eye color and skin tone, and this makeup still looks great.

As smokey eyes go, this is pretty basic — just a touch of a lighter lilac in the inner corner of the eye, a rich purple all over the lid and in the crease, and a little glitter to highlight the brow bone.  I really briefly defined my brows, added two coats of mascara, and that’s it!  You’re ready for anything, day or night, summer or winter. 


I used Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette, gifted COVERGIRL LiquilineBlast in Violet Voltage, gifted Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer, DIORSHOW Mascara, and a Bobbi Brown Brow Kit that seems to have been discontinued.

Tags: beauty · style

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Francesca // Jun 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

    i never wear eye shadow but that looks great!


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  • 2 Jess // Jun 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    This is so pretty!  I love it.  Definitely going to try!!!

  • 3 Emily // Jun 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    You look so great!  Your eyes look huge, and the makeup is so pretty.  Your hair looks so much lighter in the photos than on the video!

  • 4 elle marie // Jun 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Beautiful smokey eyes..p.s. what software and actions do you use to edit your photos?

  • 5 Katy // Jun 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Hey!  I used picnik.com to edit my photos, and just clean things up a bit and usually apply “cross-process” at like 20% for color!  For videos, I use Windows Movie Maker, although my old videos were all done in iMovie!

  • 6 Sarah H // Jun 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Looks amazing! And very timely for my trip to Vegas this weekend 🙂

    Purple is a great shadow color because it looks great on everyone! It really makes your eyes pop!


  • 7 Pili // Jun 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial, it’s a great look and looks very easy to do!

    And also, you’re so cute!

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