The subtle way to wear purple eyeshadow
I’ll be the first to admit that purple eyeshadow freaks the hell out me (despite this display of purple affection). I stick to bronzes, coppers and beiges. And if I feel like going nuts, I’ll dip my toes into the grey/silver/charcoal family.
But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to play around with colour and inject a bit of life into my eye look. And I’m sure those of you out there who have as many neutral eyeshadow palettes as I do, would tend to agree.
And so I bring you the perfect solution for wearing a beautiful purple hue on your eyes while still keeping your look low-key:
See? Just a subtle hint of colour without looking OTT. And here’s how you can achieve the look yourself:
Face of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadows in Bronze Sphinx and Violet Rays
Artiste All-Over Eyeshadow Brush #31
essence Eyeshadow Applicators
Benefit BADgal Liner (waterproof)
Australis IntensifEYE Liquid Eyeliner
La Biosthetique Belevance Perfect Definition Mascara
Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel
Using an eyeshadow brush, apply eyeshadow in Bronze Phinx over your eyelid. These eyeshadows are quite pigmented, so start with just a small amount on your brush – you can always build the colour later.
Apply the colour from where your eye colour starts on the inside (so the side closest to your nose) and take it to the outer corner of your eye. Make sure to apply the eyeshadow all the way up to your brow bone.
Take one of your eyeshadow applicators and use the same eyeshadow shade to now apply the colour under your lash line. Start at the outer corner of your eye and take the colour about three quarters of the way across – so that the bronze at the bottom matches up with the bronze at the top.
Tip: Make sure to sure to use the side of the applicator and not the wide, flat side as this will help keep the line from being too fat.
Using a different eyeshadow applicator, coat the wide, flat side with your eyeshadow in Violet Rays. Apply the shade to the inner corner of your top lid, starting just where the bronze shade ends and ending at the corner.
Tip: It might help to close your eyes when getting close to the corner to ensure that side-ways ‘V’ at the corner is covered.
Now take the side of the applicator and apply the purple on your bottom lash line – again, starting where the bronze finishes and finishing at the inner corner.
Sidenote: These eyeshadows have especially been formulated to give you intense colour that lasts for hours, so don’t worry about this look fading fast.
Apply the pencil eyeliner on both your top and bottom waterlines. The waterproof formula will help ensure that these lines will stay put. Draw the line from the inner corner all the way to the outer corner, so that you’ve basically traced your waterline.
Tip: If you’re worried about this making your eyes look too small, then apply the eyeliner on your lash line – not inside – and don't take it all the way to either corner.
Take your liquid liner and draw a line on your top lashline from where the whites of your eyes starts to the outer corner of your eye. Fill in any gaps between the black line and your lashline.
Finish off with a coat of mascara on both your bottom lashes to separate and define your lashes and to make your eyes pop that little bit more.
Optional step 8:
Use your brow sculpting gel to brush over your brows. This will help accentuate the shape and add a hint of colour to make them stand out.
Do you wear purple eyeshadow? How do you subtly include colour in your eye look?