I love purple, and the right shades of it look so gorgeous on so many eye colors and skin tones. I’ve put together a photo tutorial to show you how I do this one particular look, using Kat Von D’s True Romance Palette in Poetica (which I’ll be reviewing soon!). This look is very soft and not too much color or intensity for daytime.
Soft purple eye using Kat Von D’s Poetica palette
You don’t have to use these exact shadows or brushes. These are particularly good shades of purple, leaning toward blue rather than red, but not so you could ever mistake them for blue eyeshadow. Plummy purples could also work for this look – just be careful about berry and pinkish shades of purple, because the red pigment in them makes many people look tired.
The specific colors I’m using from Poetica are Wonderland (burgundy with gold pearl), Skiba (purple with gold pearl) and Babe (lavender):
Here are the brushes I used – like I said, you can use different brushes. You could even use a sponge tip applicator, so long as you have one clean brush for blending (which I forgot to photograph – most any brush will do for blending, as long as it’s a good size for your eyes).
The first one is a dome-shaped flat eyeshadow “C” brush by Elf, which is good at packing on colors. The middle one is an Elf crease brush – it has a tapered end so it can really fit into your crease and apply color evenly. The third brush is just a traditional eyeshadow brush (Bare Escentuals, no longer made) that doesn’t pack color on as densely as the C brush. I’ll tell you exactly how I use them, but don’t stress if you don’t have brushes just like these.
Before you do any of this, go ahead and prep your lid however you normally do (i.e., apply primer or foundation, or whatever).
- Apply Babe to your lid. I applied it lightly, because like most KVD colors, it’s really intense if you apply it generously. Whenever you’re using an intense shadow, start with a little color, blend it all over your lids, and then build with another layer. That way you can control your intensity and avoid ending up with a more dramatic look than you were after. I used two layers to achieve this intensity, which is pretty soft, but still shows off the duochrome quality of this shadow (it’s got tones of violet and light lavender).
- Apply Wonderland in the outer V area. I used the C brush for this. For anyone new to this stuff, the outer V refers to the outer third of your lid, and then you bring the color up into the crease area. This picture was taken before I blended it, so the edges are rough, and that’s totally normal – part of the process. See how the color sweeps back and up from my lashline? That’s what you want on your outer V. Always be sure to apply the color lightly and then build in this area – it’s very easy to get way too much really quickly.
- Blend the edges of the outer V. Blending is probably the most important skill in eyeshadow application – doing it well will make almost any eyeshadow you wear look more professional. And it’s really easy! Take a clean brush and rub it briskly back and forth at the edge between your outer V and lid colors to blend them in. Then blend the inner part of the V in the crease so it seems to blend into your skin. Run the brush along the outer edge of the V to make sure it’s not too harsh a line.
- Apply Skiba to the crease, and blend. This is where the other two colors really come together. I used my crease brush to run Skiba through the crease area, being careful to get it all the way down to Babe on the lid and Wonderland in the crease. Then I used my blending brush to blend the edges between all colors and soften the edge at my browbone. That top edge should just disappear into your skin.
- Optional: apply a highlight to the browbone. You can apply a pale shade of eyeshadow (or a highlighter like Make Up For Ever’s Uplight) to your browbone. This is a matter of personal preference.
- Line your eyes. If you want to intensify this look a little, line with black eyeliner. I chose to use Elf cream eyeliner in Plum Purple, because I wanted to keep it soft. I kept the line very tightly to the lashes – it’s actually a little hard to see in the picture, but if you compare it to the pictures above, you’ll see it’s there. You could also use an eyeshadow to keep it soft. The technique is the same either way: dip your brush into the color, and then draw it on slowly, keeping your brush close to your lashline. Don’t be afraid to pick up your brush and put it back down a little ways over if you have any stray lashes or wrinkles that tend to throw off your eyelining process. (My lashline has a weird peak in the middle that juts up into where I want the line to be!)
- Smudge Skiba under your lower lashes. I forgot to take a picture of this step – sorry! You just take the C brush, dip it in Skiba, and gently run that under your lower lashes. You could even leave this step out, it’s so subtle, but if you want a little bit of soft lining under there, this does have an effect.
- Apply mascara.
The finished product
The end result is a very soft, subtle, yet definitely purple look.