Gold and Purple Orchid


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For this look, I paired a bright yellow-gold with a bluish-purple eyeshadow to create a pretty, vivid effect. Using an eyeliner which is lighter than the eyeshadows on the lid is a fun way to create some interesting contrast on the eyes.

Here’s how to re-create this look:

Click here to read my article ‘Parts of the Eye’ for help on where to place eyeshadow colours.


Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original (clear)
Crease : MAC Haux eyeshadow (medium matte neutral rose-brown)
Deepen Crease: MAC Blackberry eyeshadow (medium matte blackberry)
Lid: Urban Decay Dive Bar eyeshadow (medium satin bluish-purple)(click to read more on this product)
Highlight: MAC Blanc Type eyeshadow (light matte  cream beige)
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Dive Bar (as above)
Upper Lashline+Lower Lashline: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Stargazer (light bright yellow-gold)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)


1. Apply Primer Potion all over the lid as a base. You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242).

3. Sweep Haux into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217).

4. Deepen the crease using Blackberry on a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217).  This step adds extra depth to the eye.

5. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Dive Bar on to the eyelid.  

6. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Blanc Type on to the browbone to highlight and further blend out the edges of the crease colour.

7. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Dive Bar along the lower lashline.  This step helps to tie the look together.

8. Line the upper lashline with Stargazer eyeliner.

9. Lightly dot, rather than line, Stargazer eyeliner along the lower lashline and blend with your finger.  I dotted the eyeliner as I wanted very, very light definition, rather than a full opaque line.  You can always line the lower lashline fully, though, if you prefer.

10. Apply black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

Here’s one more picture of the finished look:

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Looking for more inspiration using Urban Decay eyeshadow? If so, you might like the Blueberry Wine look featured on the site (see below):


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