How to Achieve a Purple and Blue Glittery Smokey Eye

In this makeup tutorial by KathleenLights, she shares her step-by-step process for achieving a stunning purple and blue glittery smokey eye. KathleenLights uses a variety of eyeshadows from different brands, along with other products like Stila Glitter Liquid Shadow, Smashbox Primerizer, Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation, and Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. She also provides information on the clothes and accessories she’s wearing, as well as her own nail polish line and collaborations with Colourpop and Ofra. With detailed instructions and a friendly tone, KathleenLights takes you through each stage of the makeup look, ensuring that you can recreate this mesmerizing eye look at home.

I. Preparing the Eyes

A. Moisturizing the Eye Area

Before diving into creating a stunning eye look, it is important to start with a well-prepped canvas. Begin by moisturizing the delicate skin around your eyes. This step helps to hydrate the skin and create a smooth base for the application of eye makeup. Use a lightweight eye cream or gel and gently pat it onto your eyelids and under-eye area with your ring finger. This will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and provide extra comfort throughout the makeup application process.

B. Applying Eye Primer

Next, it’s time to prime your eyes. Eye primer is an essential step to ensure your shadows last all day and stay vibrant. Apply a small amount of eye primer to your eyelids and blend it evenly using your finger or a small brush. Eye primer not only helps to prevent creasing, but it also enhances the color payoff of your eyeshadows, making them appear more vibrant and true to their pan colors.

C. Setting the Primer with Translucent Powder

To further ensure the longevity of your eye makeup, set the eye primer with a translucent powder. This step helps to create a smooth and even canvas for the eyeshadows. Take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and lightly dust translucent powder all over your eyelids. This will help to absorb any excess oils and create a matte base that will make blending easier.

II. Creating the Base

A. Applying Transition Shade

Now that your eyes are prepped, it’s time to start building your eye look. Begin by applying a transition shade to your crease area. This shade should be slightly darker than your natural skin tone and will help to create depth and dimension in your eye look. Using a fluffy blending brush, gently sweep the transition shade back and forth in windscreen wiper motions throughout your crease. This will create a soft gradient and ensure smooth transitions between different eyeshadow colors.

B. Defining the Crease

To add definition and intensify the crease, choose a slightly deeper shade than your transition shade. Using a smaller crease brush, apply the shade directly to the natural contour of your crease. Focus on the outer half of the crease, gradually building up the color until you achieve your desired intensity. Make sure to blend the shade seamlessly with your transition shade using small circular motions. This will help to create a seamless gradient and avoid any harsh lines.

C. Blending the Shadows

To ensure a seamless and professional-looking eye look, it’s crucial to spend time blending the eyeshadows. Take a clean blending brush and blend the transition shade and crease shade together. Use light circular motions to seamlessly merge the colors, ensuring there are no harsh lines or visible demarcations. This step will give your smokey eye a soft and diffused appearance, adding to the overall allure.

How to Achieve a Purple and Blue Glittery Smokey Eye

III. Adding the Purple and Blue Shadows

A. Applying the Purple Shadow

Now that the base is complete, it’s time to introduce the main stars of our smokey eye – purple and blue eyeshadows. Start by applying the purple eyeshadow to the outer corner of your eyelid. Use a flat shader brush and pack the color onto the outer V of your lid. Gradually build up the intensity, making sure to concentrate the color in the outer corner and blend it slightly into the crease.

B. Layering the Blue Shadow

After the purple shadow, it’s time to layer the blue shadow onto the center of your eyelid. Using the same flat shader brush, apply the blue eyeshadow to the center of your lid, slightly overlapping with the purple shadow. Pack the color onto the lid, intensifying it gradually to create a seamless gradient with the purple shadow.

C. Blending the Colors Together

To create a harmonious transition between the purple and blue shades, it’s essential to blend the colors together. Take a clean blending brush and gently sweep it back and forth between the purple and blue shadows, focusing on the area where the colors meet. This will create a smooth transition and avoid any harsh lines. Continue blending until you achieve a beautiful fusion of purple and blue on your eyelid.

IV. Adding Glitter

A. Applying Glitter Liquid Shadow

To add a touch of sparkle and glam to your smokey eye, it’s time to apply a glitter liquid shadow. Using the applicator wand, carefully apply the glitter liquid shadow to the center of your eyelid, directly over the blue shadow. The liquid formula ensures an even distribution of glitter particles for a dazzling effect. Gently pat and blend the glitter shadow with your finger or a clean flat brush to further enhance the sparkle.

B. Layering Loose Glitter

For an intensified glitter effect, take a small flat brush and pick up some loose glitter. Lightly press the loose glitter onto the already applied glitter liquid shadow. By layering the loose glitter, you create a multi-dimensional sparkle that catches the light from every angle.

C. Setting the Glitter

To ensure the glitter stays in place all day and prevent any fallout, gently press a glitter-setting spray over your eyelids. This will help to lock in the glitter particles and provide long-lasting shimmer. Alternatively, you can use a small amount of glitter adhesive to set the loose glitter, ensuring it stays put throughout the day or night.

How to Achieve a Purple and Blue Glittery Smokey Eye

V. Enhancing the Smokey Effect

A. Deepening the Outer Corner

To enhance the smokey effect and add depth, intensify the outer corner of your eye. Take a small angled brush and pick up a dark brown or black eyeshadow. Apply it to the outer corner, focusing on the V shape, and gently blend it into the purple and blue shades. This will create a gradient effect, with the outer corner appearing darker and more sultry.

B. Smudging the Lower Lash Line

To balance the eye look, smudge some of the purple eyeshadow along your lower lash line. Use a smudge brush or a small pencil brush and apply the shadow from the outer corner towards the inner corner. This will create a cohesive and smokey effect, making your eyes pop and enhancing their shape.

C. Highlighting the Inner Corner

To brighten and open up your eyes, apply a shimmery or metallic light shade to the inner corner. This will add a touch of brightness and make your eyes look more awake. Use a small detail brush and precisely apply the highlight shade to the inner corner, gently blending it with the adjacent eyeshadows.

VI. Completing the Eye Look

A. Applying Eyeliner

To define your eyes and add extra drama, apply a black eyeliner along your upper lash line. Choose a formula that works best for you, whether it’s a pencil, gel, or liquid eyeliner. Starting from the inner corner, draw a thin line gradually increasing the thickness towards the outer corner. For a more dramatic look, create a small wing at the outer corner.

B. Curling the Lashes

Before applying mascara, give your lashes a quick curl using an eyelash curler. This will open up your eyes, creating a wide-eyed and flirty effect. Simply position the curler at the base of your lashes and gently squeeze for a few seconds.

C. Applying Mascara

To complete your mesmerizing eye look, apply several coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes. Wiggle the mascara wand at the base of your lashes and comb it upwards to achieve length and volume. Make sure to coat each lash evenly for a fluttery and dramatic effect. If desired, you can also apply false lashes for extra glam.

How to Achieve a Purple and Blue Glittery Smokey Eye

VII. Perfecting the Face

A. Applying Foundation

Now that your eyes are complete, it’s time to perfect the rest of your face. Start by applying your favorite foundation using a brush, sponge, or your fingertips. Blend it evenly from the center of your face outwards for a flawless and natural-looking finish. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone to create a seamless transition from your face to your neck.

B. Concealing and Brightening

To conceal any under-eye circles or blemishes, apply a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone. Blend the concealer gently with your finger or a small brush, focusing on the areas that need extra coverage. For a brightening effect, choose a concealer shade one to two shades lighter than your skin tone and apply it in a triangular shape under your eyes. Blend it seamlessly for an instant brightening effect.

C. Setting the Face with Powder

To ensure your foundation and concealer stay in place all day, set your face with a lightweight, translucent powder. Take a fluffy powder brush and lightly dust the powder over your face, focusing on areas prone to oiliness or creasing, such as the T-zone. This will help to lock in your base makeup, mattify the skin, and create a smooth canvas for the next steps.

VIII. Adding Dimension and Glow

A. Bronzing the Face

To add warmth and dimension to your face, lightly dust a bronzer onto the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and jawline. This will create a natural contour effect, enhancing your facial features and adding depth. Use a fluffy bronzer brush and apply the bronzer in a 3-shape motion on the sides of your face to mimic the sun-kissed glow.

B. Adding Blush

To bring a healthy flush to your cheeks, choose a blush shade that complements your skin tone. Smile and apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks using a blush brush. Blend it outwards towards your temples for a natural and youthful-looking glow. Be sure to blend the blush seamlessly with your bronzer for a seamless transition of colors.

C. Highlighting the Face

To achieve a radiant and lit-from-within glow, apply a highlighter to the high points of your face. Apply the highlighter to the top of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, on the cupid’s bow, and on the inner corners of your eyes. This will add a luminous and youthful glow to your overall makeup look.

How to Achieve a Purple and Blue Glittery Smokey Eye

IX. Finishing Touches

A. Shaping the Brows

To frame your eyes and complete the overall look, shape and define your eyebrows. Comb your brows with a spoolie brush and fill in any sparse areas using an eyebrow pencil or powder. Follow your natural brow shape and create light, feathery strokes for a natural-looking result. Set your brows in place using a clear brow gel for a polished look that lasts all day.

B. Applying Lip Liner and Gloss

Choose a lip liner that complements the shades used in your eye makeup and outline your lips. Fill in your lips with the lip liner for a long-lasting base. Top it off with a glossy lip gloss that adds shine and hydration to your lips. This will provide a finishing touch to your makeup look and complete the overall harmony of your face.

C. Setting the Makeup

Lastly, to ensure your stunning makeup look stays intact throughout the day or night, set it with a makeup setting spray. Hold the bottle at arm’s length and mist the spray over your face in a gentle sweeping motion. This will help to lock in your makeup, prevent any smudging or creasing, and keep your look fresh and flawless.


A. Recap of Steps

In this comprehensive guide, we’ve walked you through the step-by-step process of creating a mesmerizing purple and blue smokey eye. From prepping the eyes to completing the overall makeup look, we’ve covered each stage in great detail. Remember to moisturize, prime, and set your eyes for a smooth base. Then, create a gradient base, add purple and blue eyeshadows, and enhance the look with glitter. Finish the eyes with eyeliner, mascara, and lashes. Move on to perfecting the face with foundation, concealer, and powder, adding dimension with bronzer, blush, and highlighter. Shape your brows, apply lip liner and gloss, and set everything in place with a setting spray.

B. Final Thoughts

With a little practice and patience, anyone can achieve a stunning purple and blue smokey eye. By following these steps and techniques, you’ll be able to create a look that turns heads and showcases your artistic flair. Experiment with different shades and textures to customize the look to your liking. Remember, makeup is an art form, so don’t be afraid to let your creativity shine!

C. Inspirational Closing

Now, it’s time to unleash your inner artist and rock that purple and blue smokey eye with confidence. Whether you’re attending a special event or simply want to elevate your everyday makeup, this eye look is sure to make a glamorous statement. Embrace the power of color, shimmer, and blend, and watch as your eyes become the center of attention. So, grab your brushes, unleash your creativity, and let your eyes tell a mesmerizing story!

How to Achieve a Purple and Blue Glittery Smokey Eye

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