Wearable Purples


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This look shows that colour can be wearable when more muted shades are used on the eyes.  I used subtle shades of purple and grey to create a soft wash of colour on the lids.

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: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (neutral light beige)
Lid: MAC Fashion Groupie eyeshadow (medium satin muted cool purple) (MAC Satellite Dreams is a good alternative)
Crease : MAC Scene eyeshadow (medium slate grey)
Deepen Crease: MAC Knight Divine eyeshadow (deep satin charcoal grey)
Inner Lid: MAC Crystal eyeshadow (pale shimmery cool lilac)
Highlight: MAC Brule eyeshadow (light matte beige)
Middle-Lower Lashline: MAC Fashion Groupie eyeshadow (as above)
Inner Lower Lashline: MAC Crystal eyeshadow (as above)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)


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

2. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Fashion Groupie on to the eyelid.

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

4. Deepen the crease using Knight Divine on a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217).  Take Knight Divine into the outer v as well to help shape the eye.

5. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Crystal on the inner part of the lid.  This step adds brightness to the eyes.

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

7. Take an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply Fashion Groupie along the middle to outer part of the lower lashline.  Take the same angled brush and apply Crystal to the inner lower lashline.  You can lightly sweep the brush (or a clean finger) along the lower lashline to help the shades blend together more.

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

Here’s one more picture of the finished look:

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