15 Purple Eyeshadow Looks For Every Skin Tone

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If you've been craving a switch-up in your eyeshadow looks, you're not alone. Every so often, we find ourselves wanting to try new trends (even though committing to doing them is an entirely different story). The cure to end this procrastination? Violet haze eyeshadow. With an eclectic and impressive array of shades, violet is just as fun to wear as it looks—not to mention, it's extremely wearable.

So here's the good news: wearing violet haze eyeshadow doesn't need to be arduous. It can be as simple as applying one shadow to the lid and heading out the door or experimenting with a few different shades if you find yourself wanting to be creative with time to play. Universally flattering, it's no shocker that violet is one of the hottest eyeshadow shades we've seen pop up all over the red carpet. We've rounded up some of the most gorgeous purple eyeshadow looks that are so worth giving a try—keep scrolling for your next makeup look inspiration—you can thank us later.

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Ultra-Violet Bright

Purple Eyeshadow Ultra-Violet Olivia Munn


A pigmented, jewel-toned violet lid look, this eyeshadow has an instant pop that is the perfect way to execute color. Blended with a light touch of pearlescent lavender shadow to soften the color, the majority of the violet hues are on the lid for maximum effect.

Makeup artist Patrick Ta nailed all the reasons why purple is always a great idea to experiment with. To recreate this look, apply shadows from Huda Beauty's Amethyst Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette ($27) to achieve maximum results.

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Violet Vixen

Purple Eyeshadow Violet Jourdan Dunn


If this look doesn't give you all the reason to start wearing purple eyeshadow immediately, we don't know what will. A chic display of soft violet on the eyelids paired with a dramatic liner applied to the top and bottom lash line sets the mood off right in our book.

Using an eyeshadow with a shimmering finish is vital when trying this look for yourself, as it's a key component to making it stand out. Smith & Cult's Sombra Shift Matte and Metallic Eyeshadow Palette in Lilac Flash ($28) gives endless options for lids.

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Violet Jewel Tones

Purple Eyeshadow Jewel Tone Jodie Turner-Smith

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Excuse us while we pick our jaws up off the floor—this violet eyeshadow look created by makeup artist Hung Vanngo is everything. With varying violet shades on the eyes, cheeks, and lips, it's the perfect way to showcase how many versatile violet shades there are, along with why they look so gorgeous when paired together.

For the eyes, apply the Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Palette in Amethyste ($50), followed by Gucci's Rouge à Lèvres Voile Lipstick in Marina Violet ($42).

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Metallic Violet

Purple Eyeshadow Metallic Winnie Harlow

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Winnie Harlow stuns in this metallic purple eyeshadow look —it certainly packs a powerful punch and looks even more mesmerizing when photographed. The boldness of the shadow allows for the rest of the makeup to be minimal, keeping the eyes as the focus. Apply a metallic eyeshadow to the lids like Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Tonic ($20), for the glistening violet lids of your dreams.

The best way to ensure your shadow stays put and doesn't smudge is to use an eyeshadow primer before applying shadow. Urban Decay's Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($24), will keep shadow in place for up to 24 hours.

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Smoky Violet

Purple Eyeshadow Smoky Kristen Stewart

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A smoky, smudgy dramatic violet eye? We'll take it. Mixing light to deep shades of violet on the eyes is never a bad idea when wanting to wear dressier eye makeup than normal.

To create a smoky eye look, it's best practice to start by blending darker colors on the lid and work your way up with the lighter colors to create a gradient effect. Urban Decay's On The Run Eyeshadow Palette in Bailout ($25) gives an array of tones to mimic this dreamy violet eyeshadow look.

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Violet Ice

Purple Eyeshadow Violet Ice Nathalie Emmanuel

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Sparkly purple eyeshadow in the center of the lid with accents of deeper violet blended in the crease complement each other so well, we can't stop staring.

First, apply a sheer violet shadow over the entire eyelids, followed up with blending the deeper violet shadow in the crease with a brush. Want to add more sparkle? Set the look by applying a shimmering cream shadow like Laura Mercier's Caviar Eye Stick in Orchid ($29) in the center of the eyelid as the final touch.

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Abstract Violet Lines

Purple Eyeshadow Abstract Bella Hadid

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If colorful makeup is what you want, this deep violet paired with punchy pink and liquid eyeliner on Bella Hadid is a great example of wearing different tones together to create a beautiful color contrast.

To get this particular shape, you can apply violet eyeliner above the crease before moving onto pink, for the abstract effect.

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Starry Violet

Purple Eyeshadow Sparkly Kacey Musgraves

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A starry-eyed Kacey Musgraves wearing soft violet accompanied by lots of sparkles is more than we could have ever wanted. Kacey's makeup artist Moani Lee cited MAC Cosmetics Glitter in 3D Lavender ($22) as one of the essential products for the violet holographic effect.

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Glistening Violet

Purple Eyeshadow Glistening Vanessa Hudgens


Makeup artist Allen Avendaño is known for painting some of the most famous celebrity faces, and this look created for Vanessa Hudgens gives us all the violet feels instantly.

With deeper jewel tones on the lids, and softer ones blended in the crease, the variations of violet are magic. Apply the NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow in Lunar ($22) to lids for a glistening finish.

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Sultry Violet

Purple Eyeshadow Sultry Shanina Shaik


Shanina Shaik looks beautiful in this violet shadow look created by Hung Vanngo. Eyeshadows from this palette from ColourPop ($12) can be used to re-create this look suitable for any special occasion.

To finish the look off, eyeliner is key—try Urban Decay's long-wearing 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in shade Zero ($22) on the top and bottom lash lines.

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Violet Luster

Purple Eyeshadow Soft Olivia Culpo

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Raise your hand if you are just as obsessed as we are with this soft purple shadow look on Olivia Culpo, created by celebrity makeup artist Sir John.

The monochromatic tone of the shadow applied to both the top and bottom of the eye is a beautiful way to display violet. Apply L'Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeshadow in Violet Luster ($9) on eyes before finishing with a few coats of volumizing mascara.

Need some help choosing the right eyeshadow brush for this? A brush with a contoured tip will help blend on the lids and in the crease easily, resulting in a seamlessly applied eyeshadow look. This brush helps blur away imperfections and works well with both cream and powder eyeshadow.

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Violet Pop

Purple Eyeshadow Bright Pop Dua Lipa

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Dua Lipa never fails us when it comes to endless makeup inspiration, and this brightly hued purple eyeshadow look with different tones of violet, topped off with iridescent shimmer in the corners of the eyes, is sublime.

When wanting to create an intense color palette, using loose eye pigments is a great way to ensure shadow really packs on the intensity without a complicated application process. The NYX Cosmetics Eyeshadow Pigment in Nightingale ($7) is ideal to use when wanting to re-create this look.

If you want to begin experimenting with loose eyeshadow pigments, start slow. Blending tiny amounts of pigment onto eyes will help you gauge how much you need to intensify the color and will be less messy,

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Touch of Violet

Purple Eyeshadow Subtle Yara Shahidi

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Just a swipe of violet on the eyelids is the perfect example of how color can instantly transform your makeup look in a matter of seconds. The nice part? You don't need to wear a lot of intense colors to make a statement with eyeshadow if you tend to gravitate to more of a minimalist approach when wearing different colors.

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Crystal Violet

Purple Eyeshadow Crystal Rowan Blanchard

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Dress up your eye makeup with shades of violet and crystal, finished with dramatic winged eyeliner and voluminous lashes. The crystal highlight applied to the inner corners of the eyes is an excellent way to open up eye shape, and it catches light in the right places.

Violet Voss Rainbow Eyeshadow Palette ($42), has all the tones to complete this stunning violet shadow masterpiece.

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Variations of Violet

Purple Eyeshadow Variations Angela Sarafyan

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This makes us wonder if purple eyeshadow was simply made for Angela Sarafyan—it's everything! The best part? This eye look, including the eyeliner, is broken down into varying shades of violet, making it all the more lust-worthy when needing inspiration. From soft to deep violet tones, finished with dark violet eyeliner, it's a total home run.

Use the violet shades from Prism Makeup Eye Shadow Palette ($9) for the lids, and set the look with Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pencil in Black Violet ($4).

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