17 Pretty (Unexpected) Ways to Wear Purple Eyeshadow

Multicolored false lashes, miles of hair extensions and showstopping hair accessories were the real stars of the 2019 Met Gala. While it would be hard to pull off these extreme beauty looks IRL, a more wearable trend emerged: purple eyeshadow. Lily Collins, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Regina Hall and Deepika Padukone all enhanced their peepers with purple shadow.

Besides fashion’s biggest night out, we’ve seen many examples of pretty purple eyeshadow. There isn’t a runway season that goes by without at least a couple of purple eyeshadow looks. That’s because the color is versatile and oh so flattering.

“Purple is one of those great colors that is wonderful on any spectrum of the color palette,” says celebrity makeup artist Nina Soriano. “Lavender is wonderful because it is light and complements many different skin tones. For a little more drama, dark purple is always a fantastic alternative to black.”

She says purple is pretty dramatic regardless of the shade and goes well with neutral and peach shades. Nina recommends a light lip stain or lip oil, like Jill Stuart Beauty Cherry Blossom Lip Blossom ($24), to balance the pop of purple.

Click through the gallery to see the dreamiest ways to wear purple eyeshadow, whether you’re feeling understated or a little extra.