Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Purple Summer Spotlight Eye Tutorial

Hi Guys,

I wanted to try something a little different for me on here and attempt a few makeup tutorials, by attempt I mean I had no idea how difficult it actually is to take pictures of your makeup for a pictorial. I salute anyone who can actually do it haha!

Anyway I wanted to share with you a look Ive been loving, which is a matte purple spotlight eye, which is perfect for summer and not as difficult as you would think. Plus purple is a fantastic colour that works with practically every eye colour too. But of course you can swap out the colour for anything else you like or just make it a more wearable look.
I'd also quickly like to apologise for how out of it I may look, I knew I was tired but I didn't realise how tired I actually looked on camera haha. 

I wanted to keep the eye quite simple so I tried not to use a lot of products, the products Ive been reaching for though are;

  • Illamasqua Powder Shadow in Creep, Inception and Livid
  • Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Intrigue
  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • Essence Get Big Lashes Mascara
  • Illamasqua Smolder and Blending Brush

Firstly I used Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot all over my eyelid as a base, I really like this as it doesn't budge and it helps to boost the intensity of the colour.

Then I went into the crease of the eye with Creep using my Smoulder Brush, as its denser and smaller to fit in the crease easier to be precise and then blending it out with my Blending Brush. By putting Creep down first your giving the other shades something to blend into, making the other purples not seem as harsh against the skin. 

If you didn't want to use purple, you could use a shade such as Heroine, a matte taupe brown, from Illamasqua, to do a more neutral eye. 
I then used my smoulder Brush again but this time with Inception, to fill in the inner and outer corners of my eye, leaving a gap blank in the centre of the eye. The best way to judge where to bring the purple to, to create the gap. Is to look directly into the mirror as you do it and only bring the purple to the edge of your pupil. This then gives you a gap in the centre portion of your eye and helps brighten them. 

You also want to do the same trick under your eye, running the purple under your bottom lashes again leaving the gap for your lighter shade in the centre.

If you were doing a neutral bronzy version, replace Inception with Tango a copper bronze shade.
You then want to blend out Inception and add Intrigue to the centre portion on your lid and underneath your bottom lashes. Then lightly blend the two shades together, but be careful not to merge the two shades too much otherwise you'll loose the spotlight effect. 

You will find as you blend them out, they will fade a little bit, so just keep adding more intrigue to the centre and build it up to the intensity your happy with. I do like it on me quite bold, To build up the purple, Blending out Inception and just blending the edges where Intrigue and Inception meet. I use Livid to blend, it warms it up slightly with its more reddish undertone and softens the overall eye.

For the neutral version instead of Intrigue use a golden bronze such as Bronx and you could softly blend the two out using Vernau.
Finally just add your mascara, which I find really helps to soften the look, its a lot less full on. I also like to pair it with a pinky nude lip, such as my favourite Illamasqua Rosepout, or if you want to add more colour, purple looks amazing with coral too.

I hope you've enjoyed this and hopefully give it a go! Its quite an addictive look once you try it, let me know if theres anything that you would specifically like to see as a tutorial too!

Eloise x


  1. Just love how you've used different shades to create this look! Illamasqua have so much incredible products, just love the brand <3

  2. Love the bright look, this would be great for the festival season :)

  3. This looks gorgeous on you! I'm a neutrals girl through and through, but I love how beautiful bright eyes look on other people.

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