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How to Wear Purple Eye Shadow

You Can Look Pretty in Purple Shadow, Too

Emma Stone sure knows how to glam it up, doesn't she? At last night's GQ Men of the Year event in LA, the actress wowed in this subtle lavender shadow. Encircling the eyes with makeup can look raccoon-like, but Emma manages to pull it off, thanks to a light touch and a soft-toned shade. The great thing about this cooler-toned shade is that it looks great during all seasons, and it just happens to be very of-the-moment. You can look pretty in purple shadow, too. To get some tips on wearing it without looking Grimace-y, just keep reading.

  • Lite-Brite: As a general rule, the darker the skin, the brighter you can go with the shade. The lighter the skin, the lighter you can go. However, avoid choosing too light of a shade, which can wash you out.
  • Green-Eyed Girls: Purple-based shadows make green eyes pop. Lavender, lilac, violet, mauve, and plum are all perfect options. A subtle pinkish-purple will help to bring out the gold tones in green and hazel eyes.
  • Don't Feel Left Out: Due to the yellowy-orange undertones that brown-eyed girls have, purple shadow creates a beautiful contrasting option. For those with blue eyes, go for a purple shadow with bronze or brown undertones.
  • Don't Take the Red Eye: Avoid reddish purples or purples with intense pink undertones, which can cause an unwanted I-haven't-slept-in-days effect.
  • Light-Handed: To prevent a garish look, keep your application light. Think more along the lines of a sheer wash of color.
  • Afraid of the Purple?: Opt for a fun purple liner instead, like Victoria's Secret Liquid Glitter Liner in Plumburst ($7). For a more refined look, try MAC Technakohl Eyeliner in Purple Dash ($14.50), a beautiful aubergine, or Victoria's Secret Mascara in Violight ($7).
  • The Rest of Your Makeup: When wearing purple, keep the rest of your makeup in the same color family. Avoid extreme lips and warm-toned bronzer for the most flattering finish.
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Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
She looks great- I haven't worn purple shadow all over the lid in years but I think I will again!
K-is-for K-is-for 7 years
Purple is my favorite eyeshadow color, period. I have boring brown eyes and I really think its a great match.
weffie weffie 7 years
I'm a fan for night time, but I find pink and gold both make my eyes look a lot greener than purple does.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I love to use purple - definitely makes my eyes greener.
rosymarshal rosymarshal 7 years
Yes its true purple shade really looks cool on face..As per my dark skin i prefer dark shades..Really dark shades lasts long on face..Speed dating
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
I have green eyes so I wear purple a LOT. Sometimes i mix it in a subdued manner with greys for daytime or for night go dramatic for a real pop!
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Tellmemorex2, I interpreted it as the darker the skin, the bolder the color. But I could be wrong.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 7 years
"the darker the skin, the brighter you can go with the shade. The lighter the skin, the lighter you can go" Isnt that the same? I am confused.
vinnie vinnie 7 years
I love how purple shadow brings out the green in my grey eyes.
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