Eye shadow has a way of really tying a whole beauty look together. Without it, you can look young and demure—with it, you can look just the same, only elevated. While many people tout nudes and taupes as the go-to colors when it comes to you the makeup you put on your lids, we’re here to remind you that you can incorporating bold eye makeup colors into the mix can make for an equally as beautiful look. Don’t believe us? Well, you better keep reading because today we’re discussing how pretty purple is when paired just right. Here’s how to do a purple smoky eye.
Our Best Makeup for a Purple Smoky Eye
Before you get started, choose the best purple eye makeup for you.
If you want a fully purple smoky eye…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Violet Amour or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quads in Stacked Heels.
If you fancy a purple and silver smoky eye…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Violet Luster and L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Liquid Diamond.
If you crave a creamy eyeliner…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black.
If you swoon over sharp eyeliner…try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
If your goal is natural-looking lashes…try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.
If you want exaggerated lashes…try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Waterproof Mascara.
How to Do a Purple Smoky Eye
Now it’s time to get to work! Follow our step-by-step tutorial for creating a purple smoky eye.
Step 1: Prime Your Lids
Whenever you want your lid look to last, the first step is to give your shadow something to cling to. To do so, dab your lids with a quality eye primer. If you don’t have eye primer, try using a face makeup primer to get the job done. Allow it to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Blend Your Smoky Eye
Regardless of the color palette you want to move forward with, the process is the same. Use a semi-dense eye shadow brush to dust your lids with the lighter color of your lid look, before using a densely bristled crease brush to layer color into the crease. Once all your colors are in the right place, use a fluffy eye shadow brush to blend it all out.
Editor’s tip: If you really want to make your purple smoky eye pop, use a densely bristled eye shadow brush or eyeliner brush to dust your lower lash line in purple color.
Step 3: Line Your Lids
Next comes eyeliner. You can either use a black pencil eyeliner to buff an extra smoky hint to your purple statement eye, or you can add a crisp element with a sharp line of black liquid eyeliner.
Step 4: Prime Your Lashes
The same way you prep your face for your makeup products, it can make a world of difference to prep your lashes before layering on mascara. To get the job done, give your lashes a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Primer/Base and move on to the next step.
Step 5: Finish with Mascara
One, two, three coats, you choose. Grab your mascara of choice and layer it on for dramatic effect.
The Best Face Makeup to Pair with a Purple Smoky Eye
While your lids look totally on fleek, you may find you want the rest of your face to match the look for a totally done-up complexion. The trick to really slaying a purple smoky eye is to let it stand out amongst the rest of your makeup. That being said, you can follow the tutorial below for a refined beauty look that complements your purple smoky eye.
Step 1: Prime Your Face
You know the drill. Choose from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer and blend some of the primer from forehead to chin.
Step 2: Apply Foundation
Once your primer is applied, choose a foundation with the same finish—the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation—and use a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, to blend your face to perfection. When blending everything in, do your best not to rub. By patting your foundation into place you won’t risk creating smudges in your finish, nor will you irritate your skin underneath.
Step 3: Accentuate Your Bone Structure
Just because you’re keeping your face makeup lowkey doesn’t mean you can’t still contour. The trick is to make it look super natural. To get the look, use one of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Shaping Foundation Makeup Sticks in a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone and use a L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender to blend the color into the hollows of your cheeks and around the perimeter of your forehead.
Step 4: Conceal Any Areas of Concern
Take a look in the mirror and take note of any areas that you’d like to brighten. Dab some of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer onto all those areas—we recommend under your eyes, along the bridge of your nose, and in the center of your forehead and chin. Once the concealer is in the right place, use a L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender to blend everything out.
Step 5: Lock Your Look
Now that you’re head over heels for the way your face makeup serves as the perfect canvas to show off your purple smoky eye, make sure your look lasts all day long. You can do so by dusting your face with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder. Be sure to use an ultra-fluffy makeup brush so that you don’t disrupt any of the liquid foundation or contour.
Now that you know how to switch up your eye makeup routine, you may want to take a closer look at other areas of your beauty look. Our article, Our Best Non-Traditional Lipstick Shades for Every Skin Tone, will do the trick.