Makeup Tutorial: Purple Smoky Eye Makeup Look

Purple has always been one of my favorite colors to use on the eyes. It is the perfect color to wear for fall and winter and just makes my eyes pop! Below is a step-by-step makeup tutorial on how you can create a great purple smoky eye without even using purple eyeshadow (yes you can!)

Purple and pink smoky eye makeup

Step 1. Prep the eyelid with a primer to ensure more vibrant and longer-lasting color.

What I Used: NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Applying NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

Step 2. Apply a shimmery light pink eyeshadow onto the eyelid from the lashline all the way to past the crease.

What I Used: Yaby pp057 strawberry sherbert Pearl Paint Eyeshadow

Applying Yaby pp057 strawberry sherbert Pearl Paint Eyeshadow

Step 3. Using a dense eyeshadow brush like my newest must-have piccasso 239B, define the crease and lashline with a dark blue color.

What I Used: NARS Mandchourie Duo Eyeshadow II

Applying NARS Mandchourie Duo Eyeshadow

Step 4. Line the upper and lower lashlines with a black pencil.

What I Used: MAC Feline Eye Kohl

Applying MAC Feline Eye Kohl

Step 5. Soften the line by smudging the dark blue shadow on top with a small brush.

What I Used: ink by Zing 13 Eyebrow Brush and NARS Mandchourie Duo Eyeshadow II

Purple smoky eye makeup tutorial

Step 6. Using MAC #226 Small Tapered Blending Brush, blend off harsh edges.

How to create purple smoky eyes

Step 7. Add a dab of the pink shadow on the center of the eyelid with a damp brush for an extra pop of color.

What I Used: Yaby pp057 strawberry sherbert Pearl Paint Eyeshadow

Step 8. Brush a frosty white shadow under the brow bone to highlight.

What I Used: Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit

Purple smoky eye makeup step-by-step tutorial

Step 9. Curl your lashes and coat with black mascara. Apply fake lashes as desired.

What I Used: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black and Jealousness Fake Lashes in JS-507 Captivating Cat Eye

Step 10. Keep your eyebrows soft by filling them in with a brown brow powder that is lighter than your natural brow color.

What I Used: Anna Sui Eyebrow Color Compact in 02 Yellow brown

Step 10. Clean up any eyeshadow fallouts before applying foundation and concealer and you are done!

Purple smoky eye makeup tutorial
Purple smoky eye makeup tutorial

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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. This is a stunning look! Purple is my favorite color too, so I’ll have to try this. (I’m also insanely jealous of your brush collection, LOL) Thanks!

  2. I really love it when you post up picture by picture steps on how to copy the look. It’s so helpful! On a side note, love the purple smokey eye- it looks gorgeous!

  3. This beyond gorgeous! Do you believe that a polished royal purple and black cocktail dress with a pencil skirt and ruffled top design would match to this makeup look? Plz reply!<3

  4. I soooo wish I could make this look happen! I’m just not as talented with a make-up brush as I would like to be.

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