Pretty, pink-y, and purple.

Pretty, pink-y, and purple.

All right! So, this eye makeup trick is one of my everyday makeup looks. I love how the colors work together when the light hits my eyes—it looks like the sky at dusk, the way the pink mixes with the blue and makes a nice, soft purplish color at the base of my lashes.

What you’ll need:

  • A berry-colored lip stain (optional)
  • Lip and cheek stain (optional)
  • A pink-y lipstick
  • Gold eyeshadow
  • Blue mascara
  • Eyeliner (optional)

How to do it:

Step One: Optional


Prime your lids with a lip stain. I like e.l.f. Essential Lip Stain in Berry Blush.

Step Two (optional)


To make the pink eyeshadow pop, I also prime my lids with a rosy lip and cheek stain (I use Benefit’s Benetint). Don’t worry about the tint staining your lids—it comes off with a makeup wipe.

Step Three

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OK, now let’s get to it! Pick out a pink-y lipstick. Sometimes I use a matte lipstick like Glossier’s Generation G in Crush, but today I’m going for a more glossy look, so I’m using MAC’s Lustre Lipstick in Desire. Blend this over your lids as well.

Step Four

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Now, blend! You can just use the pads of your fingers and tap around the edges of each layer of color until they’re all blended together to your liking.

Step Five

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Using your pinky finger, pick up some gold eyeshadow and put a dot right in the middle of each eyelid. Spread it around a little, but keep it confined to the center of your lids. Here, I’m using a MAC pigment in Melon. If you’re using a loose pigment like this, you don’t need a lot of product.

Step Six: Optional

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Take some eyeliner and make a little wing on the outer corner of each eye. I don’t line my entire lids because I want the blue mascara to directly meet the pink eyeshadow.

Step Seven

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Grab your blue mascara and apply it to your lashes. Concentrate on getting a lot of color at the base of your lashes. I’m using Benefit’s They’re Real mascara in Beyond Blue.

Step Eight


Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with gold eyeshadow and ta-da! You’re all done!

I think the coolest thing about this look is that when you go outside and the sun hits your eyelashes just right, the blue mixes with the pink and creates the illusion of purple. If you have cool undertones in your skin, or you just want a cooler look (the gold can be too warm or yellow-y for some people), you can totally use a silver-y eyeshadow instead of gold and a more blue-toned pink. ♦