Experimenting with colored shadows and liners can be a bit scary, but have no fear–I have a few tips to make it easier! Today I'm going to share I look I tried recently with a fun shade of purple eyeliner, and I'll also share my best tips for wearing purple eyeshadow. This look is made from drugstore brands, so it can be recreated inexpensively.
Tip #1 is to find a shade that compliments your eye color; don't just randomly pick your favorite color. For example, my favorite color to wear is pink, but it's difficult to pull off pink eyeliner without looking like you have a bad case of pink eye! My eyes are green, so I chose purple because it's a nice compliment to green eyes. To find a color that will compliment your eyes, look for something on the opposite end of the color wheel from the color of your eyes.
If you have green eyes, select red-violet shades since they are opposite green on the color wheel. If you have blue eyes, yellow is opposite of blue on the color wheel, so you can select golden colors to enhance your eyes. For brown eyes (as seen in the darker areas of the red-orange and orange areas of the color wheel), choose blues when trying to compliment your eyes.
2. Tip #2 when using a colorful eye palette is to go fairly neutral with the rest of your look–even the outfit I wore with this look was neutral. I used a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation (you can still see my freckles), a very light amount of blush, and a berry colored lip gloss. I did fill in my brows with Anastasia DIPBROW Pomade, because I rarely ever skip that step, and I used Urban Decay Primer in the Original formula on my lids.
3. Tip #3 when wearing purple eyeshadow is to use black mascara. A colored mascara would be a little too costume-y, and I don't think brown pairs as well with purple as black does.
Here's a close-up of my eyes:
The green really stands out with the purple liner! I used Palladio Liquid Liner in Lavender.
The look is pretty subtle (as far as colored eyeshadows go). Since the liner is fairly dark, it could even be mistaken for black in some lighting. I took these photos outdoors in the bright sunlight so the purples would really show up, but indoors it's harder to see the purple. It's really more of a flirty look, where you get a hint of the purple when you're up close or whenever I blink.
If I look down or to the side you can see more of the purple on my lids. Otherwise, my eyes are somewhat hooded so you don't see a lot of the color when they're open.
My squinty look because it was bright outside. 🙂 The eyeshadows I used here are both from Maybelline New York. I used The Blushed Nudes kit and the Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in “Designer Chocolates”.
I hope that gives you a fun new idea to try next time you're experimenting with shadows. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.