Violet eyes are extremely rare. However, they do occasionally occur. Women who want to play to that unusual color should should use eye makeup that will accent the purple tones in their eyes. On the other hand, women who want to skew the color slightly more blue or gray should choose different colors altogether. Still others may have to play around with a lot of different colors in order to discover which ones specifically deliver the effect they desire for a particular event or situation.

Make eyes look their liveliest and most beautiful with perfect highlighting techniques. Choose a bright white or a soft pink highlighting pencil to apply to the inside and outside corners of each eye. Smudge the same color just beneath the brow bone to give the appearance of any eye lift and to make the eyes look fresh and dewy. White highlighter will make the whites of the eyes look fresh and wide awake. Pink highlighter adds a bit of an innocent, youthful glow.

Stick with light to medium eye shadow colors for daytime. Apply a medium shade of shadow color close to the eyelashes. Smudge it with a cotton swab or special shadow tool. Use a lighter shade in the same color palette just above that. Blend the shadow up and into the crease of the eye or even slightly above it.

Go bolder on the eyes for nighttime. Apply a deep shade of color next to the lashes with a medium shade just above that. Another option is to use the dark shade at the lashes with a light shade over the lid and a medium shade in the eye crease, blending the three carefully to diffuse the color. Another favorite nighttime option is the dramatic cat eye look. This look extends both the top and bottom lines of the eyeliner just beyond the outside corner of the eye, meeting and lifting the corner up a bit toward the brow. Or choose nighttime shadows that contain a bit of glitter or gleam for a little extra punch and pizazz.

Play up the purple tones in violet eyes with varying shades of purple shadow. Choose light to medium tones in orchid or lavender for day, following the technique outlined in Step 2 above. For nighttime, opt for rich, deep plum or purple using the techniques outlined in Step 3. Choose plum, eggplant, or purple eyeliner to enhance purple tones even more. Use a softer, pencil variety during the day, limiting liner to the top of the eye. Go for a deep liquid liner at night. To really play up a dramatic eye, go for the cat eye look.

Bring out the gray tones in violet eyes with various options in gray or charcoal eye shadows. Stay with lighter gray tones for day but bring in the heavy charcoals–almost black–for a dramatic nighttime look. Match the shadows with deep charcoal or black eyeliner.

Skew violet eyes blue with different shades of blue shadows. Stay away from teals or turquoise blues and stick with vibrant, marine or periwinkle blues, following the guidelines outlined in Steps 2 and 3 above. Mix with rich midnight or navy blue liners or opt for eyeliner in a deep plum black color.

Make violet eyes look innocent with soft pink and mauve shadows during the day. Take the color a bit darker, into muted fuschias or dusty berries, for night. Stick to the techniques as outlined in Steps 2 and 3 above. Opt for barely there chocolate brown eyeliner during the day but deepen it for night with a deep cocoa brown.

Complement, rather than match, violet eyes with delicate eye shadow shades in golden brown or soft green. Play around with different tones within the color palette to determine which colors achieve the effect desired. Continue to follow the basic rules outlined in Steps 2 and 3 above. Accent the shadows with similar tones of brown or black or deep forest green eyeliner.

Rev up violet eyes with bright metallic colors in silver, pewter, gold, bronze or copper. While silver and pewter will blend nicely to accent the natural color, gold, bronze or copper will accent and complement. Again, try various colors to determine which effect best achieves a particular look.

Finish the eyes with brown or black mascara applied to freshly curled lashes.


  • Have fun and be creative, mixing and matching colors to suit your personality, what you are wearing or the event or situation for which you are dressing up.

  • Go Technicolor, mixing and matching more than one color of shadow or multiple shades within the same color spectrum in a rainbow or ombre effect for an over-the-top eye look for a nighttime event.

  • Try different types of shadows like powders, minerals, creams, gels and pencils to determine which ones work best for you.

  • Apply shimmers in metallic colors on top of normal shadow colors to add depth or achieve an unusual look for night.