Jan 6, 2017

Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup Look for Brown Eyes

Easy Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup Look Tutorial for Brown Eyes
Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup Look

Purple eyeshadows/liners are my favorite.  I feel they bring out the brown tones in the eyes, not by much but I tell myself they look lighter 😛.  As much as I love purple though, the color tends to look a bit ashy on my lids, but I finally found a way to make this color work for me by pairing it with coppery-brown tones.  And much as I would like to claim it all came to me out of the blue, truth is my eureka moment came when I spotted similar colors in the NARS Spring 2017 makeup collection (Velvet Shadow sticks - Usbek and Belle-Ile).  Since I didn't (don't) have any of the NARS products with me, I dug up some old MAC eyeshadows and came up with this purple eye makeup look.  Scroll on for more photos and an easy how-to.

Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup Look Tutorial - Products Used
Purple Smokey Eye Makeup - Products Used
MAC Eyeshadows - Coppering, Brown Script, Spoiled Rich (*LE from MAC Archie's Girls), Soft Brown
Urban Decay Eyeliner - Rockstar | L'Oreal eyeliner - Espresso
Brushes - Maybelline gel eyeliner brush (that comes free with the liner)
Tom Ford smokey eye brush (blending along lower lashline)
NARS smudger brush (smudging eyeliner along upper lashline)
Tom Ford shadow blending brush (for blending eyeshadows)
Chanel large eyeshadow brush (for placing eyeshadows)
Easy Steps Tutorial How to Apply Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup Look for Brown Eyes

Purple Smokey Eyes - Easy Makeup Tutorial 

  • Prime eyelids and apply MAC Soft Brown as a base shade all over the lids (1).  I have darker lids and this color helps neutralize the discoloration and creates a blank canvas of sorts for other colors to go on.
  • Apply MAC Brown Script as a sheer wash all over lids and blend along the socket line (2).  This will add a warm base over the lids and work as a transition for the purple ehyeshadow along the crease/socket line.
  • Use Urban Decay eyeliner in Rockstar along the lashline (3).  A smudgey kohl liner would work better as the UD pencils are a bit difficult to smudge, but it's what I had on hand.  I used a purple-based liner rather than black since I didn't want too much darkness along the lashline.  You could also use a brown shade.
  • Smudge the eyeliner along the lashline (4).  I have kept the color thinner toward the inner corner of the eye and smudged it into a broader shape toward the outer corner.
  • Apply a purple eyeshadow (I have used MAC Spoiled Rich) along the lashline and over the smudged eyeliner (5), using a flat shadow brush to place the eyeshadow.  I have followed the same shape as the liner, placing more shadow along the outer corner and less along the inner. 
  • Using a clean blending brush, blend along the edges of the eyeshadow, buffing in small circles and pulling the color upwards.  As you blend and buff along the edges (not on the eyeshadow itself), the color will start to fade upwards.  I repeated the two steps (5) and (6) - applying eyeshadow and blending it - a couple of times to build up the color to the desired intensity.  It gives me better control than just plopping a lot of shadow along whole lid and trying to blend it.
  • Using a pointed smudger brush, apply MAC Coppering along the inner corner of the eye and blend the shadow into the purple (7).
  • Tightline and line the lower waterline.  Smudge along the lower lashline using the same purple shadow applied over lid (8). 
  • Use MAC Brown Script to blend the purple eyeshadow that was applied in previous step along the lower lashline (9).  You can extend the color all the way to the inner corner of the eye.  I was having quite watery itchy eyes and I didn't.  Finish with curled lashes and mascara.

Purple Smokey Makeup - Brown Eyes - Eyeshadows Used - MAC Soft Brown Brown Script Coppering Spoiled Rich Urban Decay Rockstar Loreal Espresso
Easy Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup - Swatches of Products Used
MAC Soft Brown - MAC Brown Script - UD Rockstar
MAC Spoiled Rich - MAC Coppering - L'Oreal Espresso
Easy Steps Tutorial How to Apply Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup Look for Brown Eyes - Neutral Pink Lips
I decided to the balance the purple eye makeup with a softer lip color and opted for Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Backtalk (UD comfort mattes are the best if you tend to have dry lips like I do).  For the cheeks, I used NARS blush in Goulue and a bit of Smashbox LA Lights blendable cheek-lip color in Venice Beach Bronze.  Swatches below. 
Purple Smokey Eyes - Neutral Pink Lips - Smashbox LA Lights Venice Beach Bronze - NARS Goulue blush - Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Backtalk
Swatches - Smashbox Blendable Lip and Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze
NARS blush in Goulue - Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Backtalk
Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup Look - Soft Pink Neutral Lips - for Brown Eyes - Easy Makeup Tutorial
Purple Smokey Eyes Makeup Look for Brown Eyes

If you have been shy of purple eyeshadows, give this makeup look a try.  It's easy, and you can control how intense you want the purple eyeshadow to be and/or how much time you want to spend blending and buffing the color.

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