Purple Pansy: Easy Spring/Summer Purple-and-Yellow-Gold Eye shadow Look
According to Color Theory, yellow and purple are the 2 shades that lie right smack-dab between blue (cool) and red (warm), so technically, they are the 2 “true neutrals”.
They are also diametrically opposite each other in the Color Wheel, so wearing them together is a quick way to get contrast without a lot of work.
- Any eye shape
- Any eye color
You will need:
- A brown cream shadow base or gel liner (I used Maybelline Gel Liner as usual)
- A yellow eye pencil (NYX Yellow pencil)
- A bright yellow gold shadow (I used Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Golden Buttercup)
- A rich medium-toned purple (I used an old purple pigment from a Japanese drugstore brand called Michiko London; I don’t think the company is still around). You can choose any rich purple you have, or something similar to MAC Parfait Amour or Satellite Dreams.
- Black mascara or false lashes
Step 1: First apply a dark brown along on the entire lid, blending up slightly past the socket line. This stops the purple from being too bright and adds a hint of warmth.
Step 2: Gently pack a rich purple metallic shadow over the outer 2/3 of the lids, going over all the brown.
Run the purple along the outer half of the lower lash line as well.
Step 3: In the inner corners, just dab on some yellow gold shimmer, blending only slightly into the purple just until there is no obvious line between the two.
Then run a matte yellow or beige pencil along the inner rims of the lower lash line to open up the eye and brighten it.
IMPORTANT: Don’t over-blend the 2 shades because they are opposite each other on the color wheel. Overdo this with ANY contrasting color combo (red + green, blue + orange) and you’ll end up with a muddy taupe.
Step 4: Finish by curling lashes and applying mascara or popping on your false lashes.