How To Do A Purple Smoky Eye

Branch out from your neutral palette and give this colorful look a go.
Publish date:
January 21, 2015
Urban Decay, smoky eye, nars, purple smoky eye, NYX Cosmetics, purple eye shadow

When I set out to write about men's fragrances in December, I had no idea that what would elicit more attention than a dude's EDT was my purple smoky eye.

As one who usually shies away from color (I'm a neutral kind of babe), I was pretty surprised at the oohs and ahhs that followed. So much so that I actually recreated the look again. And again. And then I decided, "HECK! I'm just gonna do a tutorial."

This isn't a complicated how-to, really. With smoky eyes, it's all about letting your hands--and brushes--do the work without overthinking anything. That said, there are a number of steps, so let's jump right to it.

I'm using Urban Decay's Electric Palette shades in Jilted and Urban. Also required: primer, white eye crayon, black eye shadow, black eyeliner, mascara, angled eyeliner brush, shadow brush, and a crease brush. Optional: glitter.

Apply primer across the entire lid and up to the brow bone. I'm using Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Using your shadow brush, apply a mixture of Jilted and Urban across the crease. Don't worry about getting it too perfect. Let the spirit move you.

Grab a white eyeshadow crayon and glide it across your lid, then blend it out. I'm using NYX's Milk, which I consider an integral product in any woman's makeup arsenal.

Sweep Jilted on top of the white. This will create a more vibrant effect that contrasts with the crease.

Using your crease brush, apply Urban in a V-shape at the outer corners of your eyes.

You know what's next, girl: BLEND. Using a fluffy blending brush and a matte shadow that matches your skin color, blend that shadow out like it is your full time job. Wipe the brush on some tissue paper regularly and reapply the shadow, and just keep blending. Here you can see one eye is blended and the other isn't.

Apply a black pencil or gel eyeliner at the waterline and smudge it out with an angled eyeliner brush. Keep smudging, gently pulling the color to the outer corners.

Using a liner brush, apply Jilted to your lower lash line. Really focus the color on the outer corners and connect it with the top.

Optional: finger pat some glitter on top of your whole look. I'm using Urban Decay Exhausted for this, which is a lavender purple with silver glitter. Finish with a few coats of mascara.

For the rest of my face, I kept things glistening and girly. NARS Blush in Daydream on my apples, Make Up For Ever Uplight in Dewy Pink Beige on my cheekbones, and NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream.

The Finished Look

  • Do you shy away from color? Or do you prefer it over neutrals?
  • If you're planning to recreate this look, tell me where you're going to wear it!