Purple eyeshadow is one of the most popular colors for people with green or hazel eyes, not to mention a staple among brown-eyed folks as well. Of course, it comes with a drawback. Unlike tans and bronzes, purple eyeshadow isn't neutral in tone. This means you will have to match your lipstick color to your eyeshadow. How you match your eyeshadow to your lipstick, though, can be a bit tricky.
There are several classic combinations that work wonderfully with purple eyeshadows. These colors include:
- Pastel pinks
- Peachy pinks
- Dark reds
Getting that perfect look with purple eyeshadow doesn't have to be a pain. It's all about understanding the nuances that come with this elegant eyeshadow staple. We'll discuss how to match your lipstick shade with your purple eyeshadow, how to apply eyeshadow, and more. So be sure to keep reading.
How Do You Match Lipstick With Eyeshadow?
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The best way to match lipsticks with eyeshadow is to avoid looking too matchy. Pairing purple lips and purple eyes is just a little too much. Rather, you want to match the undertones of the lipsticks and just try to avoid too much clashing. If you're not good with matching, just try one of these tried and true choices below.
Call it baby pink, pastel pink, or iced pink. Whatever you call it, light pastel pinks with a slightly blue undertone are a nearly-universally flattering look when paired with purple eyeshadow. Pastel pinks let the drama of purple take charge without looking too vampy. If you're looking for a youthful combination, this is it.
Light pink with a blue undertone is great if you have a pinkish skin tone. If you have a more golden skin tone, you can't always go for pastel pink. If you want a more adult match that works with warmer skin tones as well as dark skin tones, then peachy pinks are your best bet.
Dark red lipstick and purple eyeshadow is not something you should try out without a specific look in mind. This is a look that's vampy, dramatic, and maybe just a bit punk rock. While most goths love this look, the right shade can also work for people with dark skin tones as a daily wear choice. Tread carefully with this option!
If you want to go for a more natural look with just a light touch of shadow, a good choice for you would be a nude lipstick color. Nudes with a pinch of brown are more adult, yet offer a semi-natural look that works with almost every occasion. Since nude lipsticks are seen as somewhat glamorous now, this also happens to be good for a day-to-night look.
Taupes are fairly close to nudes on the color spectrum, except they tend to be a little more dusty than usual. This dusty brown look is good for people who want to offset a bold magenta-purple eyeshadow without looking too wild. Because it can be dressed up or down, this lip color is great for days when versatility is the name of the game.
If you're going out to a concert or trying to make a serious style statement, then it's okay to match purple eyeshadow with a purplish lipstick. However, in most daily uses, wearing violet lipstick may be a bit difficult. (For example, wearing this lipstick color to a job interview is a bad idea!) Though it's a "once in a blue moon" look, it can still be a fairly wild way to rock your shadow.
How Do You Apply Purple Eyeshadow?
Purple eyeshadow is one of those makeup choices that requires a gentle touch. Unless you are going for an overtly dramatic look, most eyeshadows with a violet hue are best applied subtly, with the idea of adding dimension in mind. Here's how to do it:
- Start with two purple eyeshadow shades and a makeup brush. One shade should be darker than the other.
- Use a makeup brush to apply light purple throughout your eye, focusing extra on the inside part of your eye. Blend it so that you get a gradient from your eyeshadow lid to the top of your eyebrow. It should be a fade, not a full coverage look.
- Add the darker shade in the crease of your eyes and to the outside corner of your eyelid. Blend it in so that it looks more natural. It should look like a slight shadow to each of your eyes.
- Add eyeliner and mascara. You can never go wrong with a little extra definition. While this simple look asks for eyeliner before eyeshadow, there are some situations that might warrant otherwise.
Does Your Eyeshadow Have To Match Your Outfit?
Not too long ago, eyeshadow was one of those things that required an outfit that matches. This is no longer the case. In fact, matching your eyeshadow to your outfit can make you look like you try too hard. A better way to think about eyeshadow is to match it with the occasion and your skin tone.
Purple is one of those colors that doesn't bode well for most corporate environments. However, it's perfect for date night, a night out with friends, or for special occasions. If you're looking for a color that will bring out your eyes for an Instagram shot, then purple also makes for a smart move.
What Is The Easiest Lipstick Color To Match With Purple Eyeshadow?
The easiest lip colors for purple eyeshadow change from person to person. However, there is one lipstick color family that seems to work with almost every skin tone: nudes! Nudes are muted enough to be wearable with almost any eyeshadow shade without worry about it looking overpowering.
The cool thing about nudes is that they are available in both warm and cool skin tones, which means you will find a nude that matches the look you want to attain. Since nude lipsticks are great for daily wear, this lip shade also can be a fairly excellent investment for your corporate wear.
What Lip Gloss Colors Go Well With Purple Eyeshadow?
A good rule of thumb to follow when it comes to lip gloss pairings is to go for a sheer, light shade that suits your skin tone. Since lip glosses aren't as heavy-handed as lipstick, you can generally choose any shade that you'd pick for a lipstick and expect similar results. Worst case scenario, it'll look like a subtler pick that has a more girly appearance.
Based on the sheer number of shades that can be paired with them, purple eyeshadows stand out as a versatile way to add a pop of color to your life. When you're picking out the right lip tint for your shadow, just remember that the context of your look matters just as much as your skin tone.
Putting together your look should never feel like a chore. If you are not sure whether you should pick a red or a pink, it's okay to do a little experimenting. Have fun with it! After all, you can always wipe it off with some makeup remover if you don't like the way a shade looks.