Makeup Tutorials

Makeup Tutorial: Purple Smoky Eye Makeup Look

November 2, 2011

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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  • Reply Beauty and the Scientist November 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    This is so gorgeous!!!

    • Reply Phyllis November 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm


  • Reply RM November 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    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!

    • Reply Phyllis November 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      Haha thanks! Makeup brushes are definitely one of those things I don’t mind splurging on =)

  • Reply May Harding November 3, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I love these eye color combinations! Beautiful.

    • Reply Phyllis November 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you =)

  • Reply Farida November 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I love this look but pls, pls show your full face. I want to see what it looks like all put together.

    • Reply Phyllis November 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks for your feedback Farida. I will keep that in mind for my next tutorial.

  • Reply Miss J November 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    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!

    • Reply Phyllis November 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks Miss J =) Will try to do more of these makeup tutorials!

  • Reply Susan November 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Very pretty!

    • Reply Phyllis November 5, 2011 at 12:39 am

      Thanks Susan 🙂

  • Reply elin November 9, 2011 at 3:34 am

    woooow!! you look so gorgeous!!

    • Reply Phyllis November 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks Elin!

  • Reply Francine November 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    you really have nice make up looks! im always surprised! i hope i cound learn to do the look you do! keep it up!

    • Reply Phyllis November 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks Francine =)

  • Reply Danielle November 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    That is beautiful!! how did you take such great pictures of your eye makeup?

  • Reply Didi December 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    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

    • Reply Phyllis December 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Didi and yes this look will go with your dress! Have fun at the party =)

  • Reply Jenn February 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    love love love it! I am going to try this look this weekend!

  • Reply Bobbie August 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    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.

    • Reply Phyllis Li August 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Aww don’t say that! Practice makes perfect 🙂

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