How To: Wear Purple Eyeshadow

Purple eyeshadow is definitely one of those things you can wear any season with any skin color and eye color.

Above we see lavender being paired with lime green at Nicole Farhi Spring 2010 and violet with orange, gold and teal at John Galliano Fall 2008 runway shows. Then, we have pastel purples with nude lips at Versace Spring 2010 and Bottega Veneta Fall 2008 runway shows.

Something a little more dramatic – smoldering plums at Giorgio Armani Beauty Fall 2009 and Nicole Miller Spring 2009 shows.

Tips On How To Rock Purple Eyeshadow

* Pick the right color. Go with blue-based purples to avoid looking bruised. Blue eyes look best in lavenders while green eyes pop in plums or mauves. Brown eyes can rock any shade of purple.

* Go a little heavier on the liner and mascara. Purple can make eyes appear swollen so if you do not have deep set eyes, remember to add liner and mascara.

* Purple is one of the most versatile colors out there so be experimental! For a fool-proof look, pair with neutrals like golds, browns, bronzes and taupes.

If you are not afraid of color, try purple with blues, pinks, teals, or even contrasting colors like yellow.

Want drama quick? Just smoke it up with a bit of black and add a highlighting color in the inner corners.

Images:, Elle and WWD.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. My favorite purple look was the one you did over the weekend, you even match it with a nice romantic blouse, super pretty! ( I hope you will come up with some look from your hard candy haul as well..that glittery shadow looks really cool.)

  2. Hi Phyllis. I love wearing purple e/s, have you tried Anna Sui’s purple e/s in 204? You really should, its a cool medium purple with gold shimmers, gosh its soooo pretty.

  3. Wow, so pretty! I like all of those color combinations, surprisingly. I’m so afraid to use color on myself, but I really like it on other people.

  4. I love plum and mint green together, I recently did one a few weeks ago. Purple is my favourite colour to wear year round. Of all the demos you showed here I like the first and last one the best.

  5. I love using purples. The demos give me really good ideas. I really love doing purple looks with the ameythst palette from the natural beauty line by carmindy!

  6. I really love all the purple looks you’ve created. It’d be awesome if you could pull off that crazy john galliano look! I really like that one.

  7. I’m so obsessed with purple lately… I’ll have to try out the purple and gold. Hopefully, I won’t look like a Lakers fan (nothing against them, but… go Denver Nuggets! Hehe)

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