Dramatic Glam Smoky Purple Makeup Tutorial | Ashley Riley

January 11, 2016

Dramatic Glam Smoky Purple Makeup Tutorial

Dramatic Glam Smoky Purple Makeup Tutorial

This smoky purple makeup tutorial is glam and dramatic, while still remaining elegant and wearable.  I took my inspiration from the Mirina Collections old Hollywood "Leona" statement choker necklace I am wearing.  It is the perfect amount of both glam and refinement; a graceful luxury that is still demure and very stylish.

Let's get started with the tutorial!

The Face

Primer, Foundation and Concealer

1. I moisturize my face with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream and my under eye area with Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream.

2. I prime my skin with NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer and prime my under eye area with ELF Studio Hydrating Under Eye Primer.

3. Using a Beauty Blender, I apply Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Soft Tan to my entire face.

4. To highlight and conceal I use the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer in Light Warm in a V-shape beneath my eyes, in the middle of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, on my chin, and on my eye lids.

Powder Setting, Contour and Blush

1. To set everything I take the Real Techniques Setting Brush and place a mixture of the highlight shades Lucid and Lyric from the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette and place a generous amount over the areas that I highlighted with concealer.

2. I also add a generous amount to my jaw directly below my contour line.  I allow the extra powder to sit on my skin for a few minutes to "bake" before brushing off with a Morphe Brushes G23 Soft Fan Brush.

3. With the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush I take the contour shade Sombre from the Kat Von D palette and contour beneath my cheekbones, underneath my jaw bone, along the hairline on my forehead, down my temples, and alone the parallel sides of the bridge of my nose.

4 After blending I apply the NARS Blush in Sex Appeal, a soft matte peach, using the BH Cosmetics Blush Brush.


1. Using the same fan brush as earlier, I then apply the Jaclyn Hill and Becca Highlight in Champagne Pop to the tops of my cheekbones, my forehead just above my brows, and the bridge of my nose.

2. I highlight over this with the first highlight shade in the Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics, a white highlight with pink shimmer.


1. I shape my brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony.

3. Finally, I set my brows into place with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.

Dramatic Glam Smoky Purple Makeup Tutorial

The Eyes

Primer and Transition Shade

1. First, I prime my eyes with the Urban Decay 24 Hour Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden.

2. This tutorial will mainly be using shades from the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette.  I take the shade Framed, a light neutral matte-satin, with a fluffy blending brush into the crease of my eye and start blending upward.  This is going to be our transition shade.


1. Staring in my inner corner and using a flat shadow brush I take the shade Discreet, a soft dusty mauve matte, and apply it across my lid from corner to corner.  I do not take this shade any higher than my crease shade.

2. I then apply the shade Underhand, a burgundy brown satin, directly into my crease with a small tapered blending brush using windshield wiper motions.  I reapply this color a couple times to build the color, making sure it blends into my transition shade but stays directly within the crease.

3. Staring in the middle of my eye lid and using a flat shadow brush I take the shade Harlot, an metallic lavender, and place this on the inner 1/3 of my lid.  This is going to help us transition our two inner corner and outer corner shades.

4. Staring in my outer corner and using my ring finger instead of a brush, I apply the shade Pandemonium, a metallic plum with iridescent glitter.  The reason I use my finger is that some metallics apply better to the lid using your hands instead of a brush.  I apply Pandemonium to the outer 1/3 of my lid and evenly blend this into Harlot to give it a nice light-to-dark gradient effect.  I also take Pandemonium outward slightly to where I will be drawing my wing line, and then very carefully into my crease about 2/3 across my lid.

5. With the tapered pencil brush I take the shade Harlot again and, using small swiping motions, I make sure that the shade is evenly blended into the outer corner and inner corner shades.  This gives the effect of the two colors fading into each other.

Wing and Highlight

1. I take a small angled brush to draw on my eye liner using the ColourPop Creme Gel in DTLA, a deep blackened blue.  I get as close to the lash line as possible and press down on the lid to create a thin and even line.  I wing this out when I reach the outer corner of my eye.

2. I then use the shade Shimma Shimma by Makeup Geek, a metallic champagne, to highlight the inner tear duct with a fluffy blending brush, and a small flat shadow brush to highlight my brow bone just below my eyebrow.

Lower Lash Line, Mascara and Falsies

1. Using a small flat shadow brush I take our crease shade, Underhand, and place this under my entire lower lash line as close to the line as I can.

2. I then go in with our outer corner shade, Pandemonium, and concentrate this color on the outer 1/3 of my lower lash line.  This gives the entire eye look a nice and rounded smoky effect.
3. Finally, I take the original transition color, Framed, and use this to blend out the bottom of our lower lash line to ease any harshness or rough edges.
4. I apply Benefit Roller Lash mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

5. For falsies I choose Huda Beauty lashes in Giselle and apply them using the Vegas Nay by Eylure Waterproof Lash Glue.

Dramatic Glam Smoky Purple Makeup Tutorial

The Lips

1. For this look I wanted a softer lip that would compliment the soft purple colors within the smoky eye.  I line and fill in my lip with ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Instigator, a mid-tone peachy nude.

2. I set the entire makeup look with Mario Badescu Facial Setting Spray.

Dramatic Glam Smoky Purple Makeup Tutorial


1. I accessorize this makeup look with a pair of simple round cubic zarconia stud earrings from Target.

2.  I keep with the theme of elegant glam and wear my Leona old Hollywood statement choker from Mirina Collections.  Feel free to use my discount code "ash20xo" for 20% off everything on the Mirina Collections website.

I Want To Know...

What is your go-to smoky makeup look?  What brands and types of shades do you use most?  Make sure to tag @ashleyebeauty and #ashleybeauty your favorite makeup looks and any of my makeup tutorial recreations, I would love to see and share!

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