Purple Tulip Eye Look

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Shay from ShayHolly commented on my Palette Madness Post and reminded me how awesome purple eyeshadow looks can be! I feel like people assume that colorful looks require a ton of work, but this was so easy while still packing a punch! I completely attribute that to the striking color combination and the shadow placement.

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Tulip or halo eyeshadow placements are simpler than they sound. You place dark colors on the outer and inner corners of the eye while leaving the ball of the lid bare and then applying a brighter shade on the high point of the eye.

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A tulip eyeshadow placement really opens up the eye. It gives the illusion of wide open eyes rather than elongating the eye. I placed a shimmering lilac on the ball of the lid, over some white cream shadow. I mirrored that placement on the lower lash line just to amp up the intensity.

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I actually ended up using the shimmery lilac shade for a cheekbone highlight as well. I think it really brought the look together. I just love that cooler highlight it adds to the cheeks. I finished the look with a nude lipstick and some lashes. Let me know what you think and which purple eyeshadows are your favorites!

Products Used:

Foundation: Kat Von D Lock it Foundation

Concealer: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal in Fair

Contour: Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Mirage Filter 40

Lips: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tootsi

Eyeshadow: Smashbox Palette (shown below) and the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

Eyeliner: Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal

Mascara: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Natural Origin Mascara in Black

Lashes: Eylure Love it Layer it No.117 (just the corner pieces)

Purple Tulip


  1. Elle January 6, 2016 / 07:36

    I love this look so much! My favorite color to use as eye shadow is violet <3 Will bookmark this for future reference.

    • Ellen January 6, 2016 / 16:48

      Yes! Violet is such a gorgeous color for the eyes. I think it compliments all eye colors really beautifully! Thanks Elle 🙂

  2. Nereyda @ This Girl Is Obsessed January 6, 2016 / 17:02

    This is such a pretty eyelook. I don’t know what it is about purple shadow, but I lovethe way it goes with my green eyes. Gonna have to try to recreate this!

    • Ellen January 6, 2016 / 17:10

      Yes! Purple compliments green really well. Thanks Nereyda 🙂

  3. Kelsey January 6, 2016 / 18:11

    Your colored eyeshadow looks are always so gorgeous to me! I used to wear purple eyeshadow in college… but not in the gorgeous way you have it here! I may have to try to be brave and try a pretty look like this. 🙂

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

    • Ellen January 6, 2016 / 18:26

      Go for it! I always try to wear brighter colors on the weekends since I can’t really wear them to work. It’s so much fun! Thanks so much Kelsey, glad you like it!

  4. Faith January 6, 2016 / 19:48

    Every spring this palette just screams my name. I never seem to use it any other time of year. Maybe I’ll crack it out to go to microbio lab tomorrow…

    • Ellen January 6, 2016 / 19:59

      Definitely! Nothing screams “agar plates full of e.coli” like purple eyeshadow.

  5. Ela January 7, 2016 / 17:37

    It has been years since I last wore purple eyeshadows, it is one of the colour that don’t suit me. You always come up with really pretty looks and this is another one. Those lashes are lovely!


    • Ellen January 7, 2016 / 17:39

      Thanks Ela 🙂 I find that I wear accent lashes way more than full strips. They’re just so much more comfortable! I’m sure purple looks lovely on you!

  6. Samantha January 7, 2016 / 22:24

    Ohh I love purple makeup, even lipstick, blush, anything! I’ve never heard of this tulip eyeshadow placement before, but it gives you really nice dimension

    Samantha Series | bloglovin

    • Ellen January 8, 2016 / 06:23

      It’s sometimes called a Halo placement as well. I totally agree, purple everything is a wonderful thing! I need to do a purple lips look at some point! Thanks, I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for commenting Samantha 🙂

    • Ellen January 11, 2016 / 16:50

      Thanks Mika! Definitely give it a try, makeup is so fun!

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