There are days when I want to incorporate a little color into my beauty look. Although I’m not brave enough to embrace a super-bold lip, I do love a good, colorful eyeshadow look. However, most days I feel like colorful eyeliner isn’t quite what I’m looking for, and a full-on colorful eye look is too much for what I typically wear.
So, I decided to create an eye makeup look that’s a great jumping off point for those of you who are looking to experiment with color in a subtle way. I’ll be using a soft, plum-colored eyeshadow, because purple shades work for a variety of eye colors and skin tones. It’s easier to pull off than you think – just scroll down to check out my tutorial.
Only a box NYC HD Color Trio Eyehadow in Central Park Plums.
I’ve already primed my eyes and placed a transition shade into my crease. I used a bronzer, and you can use a bronzer as well. If you have a traditional eyeshadow palette, then pull out a matte brown shade, and use that for your transition
Next, use a flat eyeshadow brush to apply the color. I’m using a concealer brush because it has the density and shape I want. I took the plum color in the trio and packed it onto my lid. You want to build it up to a decent opacity.
Again, this isn’t the most pigmented eyeshadow, but that’s what we want for this look. Stick with just a hint of color for this subtle, everyday look.
Since it’s such a bright, shimmery color, you don’t want to take it too far up and out. Take the flat eyeshadow brush we used earlier, and go over the shimmery shade so it isn’t so bright. This will blend it into the plum tones and create a cohesive look.
I added some mascara and placed a little bit of the plum eyeshadow on my bottom lashline. Feel free to skip adding color the lower lashline if you want to keep the look very simple and clean.
Tips & Tricks for Recreating this Look:
If you feel like this is a little too casual or you want to add a hint of drama, try some wings! Winged eyeliner that is. It can help accentuate your eyes even more and, if you’re an eyeliner devotee, will make your look feel “complete.”
Adapt this look for various colors! You can do a soft green, or even mix colors, like purple and green or blue and brown.
If you have a darker skin tone than me, then you will need to pick a purple/plum eyeshadow that’s a shade or two darker. If you have a lighter skin tone, I recommend choosing a pastel purple/lavender shade.