If you’ve kept your prettiest pastel shades of makeup locked up all winter long, listen up! Warmer weather is just around the corner and it’s high time you jail break your most colourful palette and ring in the spring with this soft purple smoky eye! Nothing says spring time like a purple-y plum, and the best news is, this shade will make your peepers really pop, no matter your eye colour…
Here’s what you’ll need:
Regardless of the look you’re going for, you’ll always want to prep and prime your lids and lower lashline with a hydrating eye cream and your favourite eyeshadow primer for all day wear.
As far as shadows go, you’ll want to grab a base shade in your skin tone to prep the eyelid, a medium coloured pinky-beige matte shade to lightly shape the eye, a dark plummy matte to enhance the eye and add some soft smoke and a shimmery pinky or purple-y shade to brighten up the eye and add some sparkle. Feel free to make your own colour combinations- this look would work just as well in any shade- from navy to neutral!
I used three liners for this look – but you can achieve similar results with just one. A deep plum or aubergine pencil will really tie this look together, but you can opt for brown or black if you prefer.
Don’t forget your eyelash curler and favourite mascara to finish your look!
Step 1: PRIME AND PREP:
Prep your eye area with a hydrating eye cream to keep your look fresh and comfortable all day long.
Prime your lids from lash line to brow bone using your favourite eye shadow base. Don’t forget to prime your lower lash line to make smudging and blending easier later on, and to keep your look in place!
Set your primer with a base eye shadow shade that matches your skin tone by patting the shadow from crease to brow bone. I like to leave the lid freshly primed so that colour adheres better in the next steps.
Step 2: SOFTLY SHAPE
Take your medium pinky-beige matte shade and sweep it through the crease, just under your orbital bone using a fluffy blending or crease brush. This step will add shape and soft definition to the eye and will also act as a transition to help with blending later on.
Remember that the area of the eye where you first place your brush will end up with the most pigment. For this reason, I like to start at the outside corner of the eye and sweep the shadow inwards with deliberate strokes of the brush. Everyone has their own blending style, but I tend to avoid a back and forth “windshield wiper” motion, as this can cause the colour to deposit unevenly.
Step 3: DEFINE AND LIFT:
Using a small, dense brush, pick up your darkest plum shade. You’ll first want to place the shadow at the outside corner of the eye in a “V” shape to create a lifted effect.
Step 4: DIFFUSE THE COLOR
Choose a small blending brush to diffuse the colour, using short strokes to eliminate any harsh lines. Be sure to keep the smoke on the outer third of the eye – this will open up the eyes and make them appear larger and more lifted!
Step 5: ENHANCE THE LID
Choose a small or medium flat shadow brush, depending on the size of your eyes. Pick up your shimmery shade on one side of the brush and press the colour over the mobile lid. You can use your fingertips to pack some additional sparkle onto the center of the lid for more intensity.
Step 6: BRIGHTEN UP (optional)
I chose to highlight the inner corners of my eyes to help brighten up the look. This is a great technique if you have close set eyes to help them to appear more balanced. Using a domed shadow brush, pick up your favourite highlighter or light shimmery shadow and place it in the inner corner or the eye to enhance.
Use the same shade to highlight the brow bone, just under the arch of the brow.
Step 7: LINE AND REFINE
I first lined my top lash line with a creamy black pencil and then softened the liner with some of the deep plum shadow that I used in step 3. I prefer to keep the line thin and close to the lashline to keep the look soft enough for daytime wear.
For an extra pop of purple, I lined my lower lashline with a purplish pencil just at the root of the lashes, and again, softened with shadow. You can use any colour of liner for this step, or even skip it for a more subtle eye look.
To brighten up the eye and keep the look balanced, I added a waterproof lilac coloured pencil just to the waterline on the lower lash line.
To ensure your liner stays put in the inner rim of the eye, first line the area generously. Wait 15-30 seconds for the liner to set, and then go over a second time to seal the colour in place.
Step 8: FINISH AND FINESSE
Curl and prep your lashes as your normally would.
I chose to finish the look with 2 thin coats of a lengthening black mascara, but aubergine or navy lashes would really add dimension and a colour popping effect if you have some on hand!
I love to pair plums on the eyes with soft pinks and berries on the rest of the face. A natural flush on the cheeks and a swipe of your favourite pinky hued lip gloss will keep the overall look balanced.
Here’s to warmer weather, bluer skies and makeup looks that put a SPRING in your step!