Smokey Plum Eye


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I usually keep it pretty simple with my day to day eye makeup, but I love a good smokey plum eye for some drama.

Purple can be done really really wrong, and really right. The key thing to look for in purple-based shadows is depth. You want a deep plum shade as an alternative to a smokey brown or black, or a rich matte lilac for a playful eye shadow color to sweep across the entire lid.

I used a new eye crayon in this tutorial, the Sephora Colorful Ombre Shadow and Liner crayon in Nacre. It’s super smooth and glides on easily! I used it along the lower lash line, but it would also be a fun standout color on your upper lash line if the rest of your eye makeup was really simple and light. It’s a bit reflective and had some metallic flecks in it.

While I shop at Sephora often, I only have a small collection of Sephora brand products. I was glad to add that crayon to the mix, and another major favorite is the Sephora contour shade in Tranquil that I love to use as an eyeshadow!

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For this look I kept the focus on the dark plum eye, while keeping the rest of the face a bit color-less. I chose a nude lip gloss and a very subtle blush.

For the eye look, I swept a grayish purple shade all over the lid, and added the plum shade to the crease and outer corner. The liner was very minimal, but I did apply a few coats of mascara for definition!

For the lower lash line, I applied a swipe of the Sephora crayon I mentioned above, and that completed the whole smokey look!

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Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte palette, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, Sephora Ombre Colorful Shadow and Liner in Nacre, Urban Decay Naked lip gloss in Rule34, Hourglass Arch brow pencil in Platinum Blonde, Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant,

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If you try a smokey plum eye soon, and share a photo on Instagram, use #smallthingsbeauty so I can come take a peek!

this post was created in partnership with Sephora via Rewardstyle

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Comments (24)

  1. Erika says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    This is a great example of a plum eye makeup look for people with blonde hair! Most people go too dark!

  2. Katherine says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    Love it! One of your prettiest makeup looks yet! Eye, lip and cheek color all coordinate so well and the plums and pinks look perfect for your skin tone.

  3. Nicole says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    Hai am horrible at smoky eyes and cat eyes. Even the people at the makeup counters know it lol. More practice I guess haha.

  4. Allie says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    That look is so beautiful! I’m interested in trying more purple eye products to make my brown eyes look older 🙂
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  5. Larissa says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    At first glance, in that first picture you look like Hilary Duff! Not a bad thing 🙂 Love this look!

  6. Lisa says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    I see you use a lighting powder. Have you ever tried Cythia Rowley’s brightening illuminator? I got it in a birchbox and love it!

  7. cheryl says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    Which color did you use on the lid?

    Very pretty.

  8. Bethany says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    Love your clothes too! You should put where your cute shirts come from on every post! I love your style 🙂

  9. Angie says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    I keep getting this “Rachel Hunter” pop-up at the bottom of my screen. I saw a couple of people mentioned it before. Is there any way to remove it??? It’s very annoying!

    • Susan H. says
      Posted March 17, 2016

      Me too…

  10. Posted March 17, 2016

    I absolutely love this look! I have green eyes so the subtle purple tones would work really well for me.. I’ll have to try this out soon! Thanks for sharing xx

    Ciara Rose |

  11. Courtney Kuchem says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    Love a new take on the smokey eye, and purple is so perfect for spring! Thanks for continually giving me new ideas to try. 🙂

  12. Sherry says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    I recently purchased this same eye palette from Tarte (which I am really enjoying on a regular basis)…..however I cannot seem to make my eye makeup look as good as yours.I would love a little more detail on the eye color names you chose for this look…….it is fantastic by the way. Love it !!

  13. yvonne says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    Love it.

  14. Susan Jeffries says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    This looks lovely! I am pretty new at this so can you tell me the name of the shades on your lid please? And also, did you line your upper lash line with black eyeliner? Thanks! I think I will try this color stick! Susan

  15. sara says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    I am so lost when it comes to applying makeup, so your tutorials are a Godsend. I especially appreciate the large closeup at the end of the post so I can see the detail and try to replicate at home. So far, success!!

  16. Sanna says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    Lovely! <3 You have amazing eyes and eyebrows. Can you do a make-up tutorial where you show how you do them? 🙂

  17. Evelina says
    Posted March 17, 2016

    This looks so good on you! I think it makes your eyes pop. And it would be a perfect look for fall
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  18. Trisha says
    Posted March 18, 2016

    Where’s you shirt from? Love it!!

  19. Lisa says
    Posted March 18, 2016

    Such a pretty look! Plum really suits you – gorgeous.

  20. Lauren says
    Posted March 18, 2016

    I don’t see “Nacre” as a color option for the eyeshadow pencil – is this pencil #15 “purple”?

  21. jennifer says
    Posted March 18, 2016

    Love your look, you look beautiful! Would love a tutorial on your eye shadow application?

  22. Mel says
    Posted March 18, 2016

    Your smokey eye is amazing!! So beautiful and yet not over the top. Love it.

    Mel |

  23. Erica says
    Posted March 25, 2016

    Finally gave this look a try and I love it! Really makes my green eyes pop!