How To: Wear Purple Eyeshadow

October 5, 2009

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.


  • Reply Citrine October 5, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    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.)

  • Reply kristie October 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    thanks for all the tips^^ i really love the purple and blue combination. it looks mermaid like~

  • Reply Anna October 6, 2009 at 1:42 am

    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.

  • Reply Alice October 6, 2009 at 1:42 am

    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.

  • Reply amy October 6, 2009 at 2:01 am

    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.

  • Reply ceecile October 6, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Love your look!! ^^
    I love the purple combined with the black colour, so smoky hot!! =)

  • Reply Shelley October 6, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jess October 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    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.

  • Reply Alice October 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    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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