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The first use of makeup is usually traced all the way back to Egypt, where the ancient tombs proved to be silent witnesses of history with their makeup canisters and kits. Cleopatra and other women are most known for their use of kohl eyeliner around their eyes but they also used lipstick. Meanwhile, the ancient Greeks and Romans painted their faces with powders.
It was not until the 20th century that women had access to the type of makeup we now consume. In 1914 Max Factor developed a foundation that wouldn’t cake or crack, while T.L. Williams created the Maybelline eyelash mascara based on what his sister Mabel used to elongate her lashes. Once women got hooked on these products, there was no way back!
Nowadays we have access to multiple brands and budget friendly products that allow us to create freely and experiment with colors. Since lavender made a huge comeback on runways, it was only a matter of time for the purple color to migrate to our makeup.
Today we want to present to you the most striking purple eyeshadow looks that are trending today!
The Best Purple Eyeshadow Looks
Retro Turquoise and Purple Makeup
This is a sweet and innocent look inspired in the neon colors from the 80s. A turquoise shade has been used as highlighter, while purple shadow gives a striking contrast around the eye and under it, with a touch of white highlight on the inner eye corner.
Glam Purple Shade Eyeshadow
The color purple is an intermediate shade between red and blue, it is also a color often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury and power. This purple ombre eye shadow certainly looks luxe!
Starry Eyed Purple Shimmer
Shimmering makeup is huge these days since it provides that sparkly effect we all love in our makeup. An ombre from a deep purple in the corner of the eye to a light white on the other corner, maximizes the eyes and adds power to your stare.
Rock Star Purple Glitter Makeup
A Lady Gaga worthy purple glitter eyeshadow look! That bright shade of purple looks striking combined with the white full cover glitter highlighter. Together with the striking blonde highlights, this is truly a “look-at-me” statement.
Rhinestone Purple Eye Decoration
Huge rhinestone purple pearls make this eye decoration one of the most striking of our list. Purple on purple on purple, girl!
Purple and Ruby Eyeshadow
The inner crease separates the ruby shade from the purple on fuschia one and both colors are deeply smoked out so that the edges look blended in, both on the lid and under eye.
Dreamy Glitter Purple Makeup
A long cat eye with blended-in eyeliner on the darkest part of the purple shadow make this makeup our best purple eyeshadow idea, especially with multicolored glitter on the high point of the eyelid and a striking highlighted high brow.
Ethereal Floral-Inspired Purple Eyeshadow
Blended-in purple shadows bleed into the cheekbone area in this makeup, with different shades of purple making subtle light and dark areas around the lid and under the eye.
Super Colorblock Purple Makeup
A striking colorblock purple eyeshadow with a little highlight on the inner corner of the eye. Purple on purple never looked so good.
Circus Worthy Multicolored Eye Decoration
A makeup worthy of the Cirque du Soleil, with tiny snowflakes in orange, turquoise and purple, this striking makeup combines eyeshadows in those same hues around the eyelid and adds rhinestones and extra long eyelashes for an even more powerful mesmerizing look.
Party Ready Purple Makeup
Blue and purple eyeshadow combine to create a subtle ombre that is befitting any and all parties. Going dancing? Sure bet! A girls night out? Definitely worthy!
Relaxed Purple Shimmer Highlighter
Purple eyeshadow is not only night worthy, it can be a perfect shade for daylight too. Case in point this light purple eyeshadow look.
Space Worthy Purple Eyeshadow
Purple is perfect for looks that really throw a curb ball, and go all out with this striking color. You would certainly look twice when you see this makeup on the street, it is such a looker!
Hearts and Rhinestones Purple Decoration
A purple on pink ombre works its magic in this makeup, creating a heart glitter shape over the eyeshadow and adding a line of rhinestones in complementing colors over the crease line. Pair this technique with some bubbly pink nails to complete the effect.
Subdued Purple and Pink Eyeshadow
Purple also represents meanings of wealth and extravagance, making it ideal for a super stunning purple on black ombre eyeshadow with thick eyeliner.
Trendy Pink and Purple Makeup
In this picture, we have a super blended halo eye, complete with pink on purple eyeshadow with super long lashes with mascara, doesn’t it look beautiful?
Stylish Purple Shadow Ombre
A little shimmer never hurt anybody, and that is the case with this purple eyeshadow with white highlights on the inner eye corner. Sparkly and divine!
Purple and Sky Blue Fresh Looking Makeup
Among dark purple eyeshadow looks, this combination of purple, turquoise and white is particularly striking. The cool tones and silver shimmer of the palette make it a super trendy style for winter.
Striking Color Combination Purple Shadow
Purple turns into sky blue and then into white over the top eyelid in this ombre eyeshadow while pink blends into the purple eyeshadow over the crease and under the eye. An amazing party look done with great mastery!
Super Long Eyelashes and Purple Eye Blend Effect
Other associated concepts with purple are creativity, wisdom and dignity. So it makes sense that we want to get creative with our purple eyeshadow makeup! We love this look with the pulled back or long hair in braids.
Purple Shadow and Thick Black Eyeliner
Purple with blended-in pink and a thick dash of black eyeliner at the crease make this purple makeup a very original one. Looks beautiful with the soap brow technique.
Glam Queen Nocturnal Purple Makeup
Silver eyeliner crowns this amazing purple on silver ombre eyeshadow with a dash of darker shade on the outer corner and under eye and a line of iridescent rhinestones that make up a catseye.
Youthful Purple Eyeshadow Combo
A fresh looking purple eyeshadow makeup , with shiny white powder and pink highlights over the eyelid.
Glitter Purple and Fuschia Combination
Looking grand, this makeup artist has created a pink glitter look that combines pink and purple eyeshadow with a smoldering pose. Works with protective braids of all kinds, might really add some flair to anyone with blonde box braids.
Shiny Purple Eyeshadow Makeup
Don’t we all want to look elegant? Try this purple eyeshadow and white shimmer ombre makeup to achieve that and more! Or try a gold eyeshadow look for a complete refresh.
Fuschia Highlight and Purple Eyeshadow Combo
Fuschia is a super bright and powerful pink shade that is often used in neon makeup and that goes very well combined with purple. Especially for a dual color makeup like this one that maximizes the eyeshadow effect with a definite shape and long tipped ends.
Daily Purple and Pink Subdued Makeup
Other popular meanings of purple include mystery, independence, and magic. This pink and purple makeup is certainly magical, especially combined with that same color sweater. It looks like a billion bucks!
Runway Worthy Purple and White Shimmer Eye Highlight
A purple shade eyeshadow that combines beautifully with a dusky lavender dress provides the perfect dark tone to contrast a little lavender shimmer highlighter on the high points of the eye. A striking combination and a super beautiful ensemble.
Super Fresh and Youthful Pink and Purple Makeup
Pink was a super trendy color in the 90s and as everything from that decade, it is slowly making an appearance in everything from makeup to clothes. Especially combined with other 90s favorites like purple, green and turquoise.
Sexy Purple Under Eyeshadow
Sometimes you don’t need to add a lot to an already striking makeup to make it newsworthy. Case in point, this brown and beige makeup with a striking purple eyeshadow line under the eye that makes it one of our best simple purple eyeshadow looks.
Butterfly Purple Shadow Combination
Green and purple are some of the most contrasting colors, and combined with sky blue, red and white they create a wonderful palette in this artist’s makeup that reminds us of a butterfly. Imagine this look with some regal tribal braids…powerful.
Goth Inspired Purple Super Extra Eyeshadow
A definitely darker approach to the purple eyeshadow trend is to go for a very dark purple and blend it with black and pastel blue to create that owlish effect of super huge eyes.
Retro 80s Purple, Fuschia and Sky Blue Makeup
This neon colored cool makeup combined with the high ponytail is giving us all the 80s vibes! Fuschia, sky blue and purple do make for a great combination in eyeshadows!
Gala Purple Shimmer Eyeshadow
Not only party worth, but a step beyond! Opera, prom or gala worthy is more like it. This is absolutely our most deluxe purple eye shadow style inspiration.
Multicolored Glitter and Purple Eye Shadow Combo
A subtle blended purple eyeshadow combined with a rosy tone make a great canvas on which to apply purple glitter in this makeup that is both youthful and fun.
Frozen Queen Purple and Icy White Makeup
We can’t stress enough how great purple looks for winter. This Frozen inspired makeup is definitely worth of Queen Elsa in its white on purple ombre glory.
Always remember to use a good cleanser after working on your amazing purple makeup designs to remove all traces of product from your skin before going to bed. Your skin needs to breath at night, preferably with a nice nocturnal moisturizer cream.
After so many amazing inspirational pictures, it is no wonder you are feeling the need to go work on that makeup. Go bring out your inner Cleopatra!