Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Purple Smokey Eye

I know what you're thinking, the self confessed neutral addict posting about a smokey eye? And a purple one at that!? Am I feeling ok? I've recently felt the urge to experiment a little with my make up and this has been one of the many results. One that I've actually managed to subtle down for daily wear, I'm quite proud of my accomplishment. Here's the shades and shadows that have been making purple work for a neutral lover (i.e. moi).

Any good smokey eye needs a good base. I'm jumping straight into the purple with Bourjois' Colour Edition 24 Hour Cream to Powder Shadow in the shade Prune Nocturne. On the slightly browner side of purple with tiny flecks of red glitter, I simply apply all over the lid with my finger. I then like to go in with a clean fluffy brush to help blend out the edges to just beyond the crease. You could get away with using just your fingers for this step but I like to be certain that it's nicely blended.

Next up comes my palette love of the moment, as shown in my November Favourites post. From the Queen of brows, put also some pretty damn good shadows, Anastasia Beverly Hills. First I reach for the shade Iron On (bottom right). A similar shade to the Bourjois base but with slighty more shimmer. Using a flat brush I then press some of this onto the outer corner of my lid, making sure not to apply too much. Less if definitely more, you don't want to end up looking like you've got a black eye! I find starting small and building up is a much easier way to achieve your desired look. But if you do happen to go slightly over board, it happens to us all, I've found that dabbing a tiny bit of a lighter, pinky shade (such as Front Row Centre, top row middle) over the top helps tone things down a little. Now taking a clean fluffy brush, blend out those edges.

Now in the centre of my lids I like to add a hint of the shade Ziggy (top right), a much paler, silvery purple. I find this helps make my eyes appear more open and stops everything looking a bit too dark. Once again I reach for my fluffy brush and make sure everything is blended nicely.

Depending on if it's a day or night time look, I also experiment with a bit of liner. During the days I give this a miss but to step things up at night time I take either a black liner (felt tip style ones are my fav, like this one from Rimmel) or a dark shadow (such as Graphic T, bottom left) and press into the lash line. I finish off both looks with a good few coats of mascara to get those lashes looking lush, my absolute fav is DJV Beautenizer's Fibrewig LX.

My top tips for pulling of a purple smokey eye for neutral lovers like myself? Keep everything else natural (read: just a tiny touch of a natural shade of blusher or maybe even a hint of bronzer instead) and blend, blend, blend, blend, blend! Good luck! x


  1. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt12 December 2013 at 16:50

    Great shades, I love these berry looks for winter :o). Xx

  2. sweet post

  3. I thunk a purple smoky eye is so sultry! Perfect for evenings out, I really love the base that you have used!

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

  4. I love all of the deep purples and reds for Christmas! Smoky eyes are my favs

  5. That Bourjois shadow looks amazing!

  6. I definitely want to give that Bourjois cream shadow a go after seeing it on Alix's eyes! xxx


  7. The cream eyeshadow is such a pretty colour. I'll have to give purple eyeshadow a second chance :) x


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