10 Reasons to Rock Smokey Purple Eyes (and Pics of the New Purple MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Leap From the MAC Lightness of Being Collection)

Published in: Collections, Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup, Makeup

Wearing makeup from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection

10 reasons to rock smokey purple eyes…

  1. Because you’re on day three of “third day hair,” and your roots feel hella janky, and you really need to feel glamorous despite this.
  2. Any excuse to bust out MAC Sketch. Any. Excuse.
  3. Because purple smokey eyes are a temporary distraction from the chaos that is happening around your eyebrows. Note to self: schedule time for some TLC with those fussy, fuzzy little caterpillars.
  4. Purple is the color of royalty, and what better way to stake your claim as Queen of the Crazy Cat Ladies?
  5. Because, hello! — rainy days and Prince songs. *Cues Purple Rain*
  6. Because it’s long past time to pay homage to one of the greatest MAC trifectas of purple power — Bamboo, Saddle and Shroom.
  7. Because it’s been a minute since you’ve done black cat liner, which is a perishable skill. Use it or lose it, yo!
  8. Because scientific studies prove that the best eye makeup to wear while gorging on Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Stars is smokey purple eyes… OK, not really, but in my mind this is true.
  9. Because heaven forbid you go to HomeGoods for the fourth time this week without at least a little makeup on.
  10. Because you never know when the urge to go dancing will hit! Preparedness is key! 🙂

Wearing makeup from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection

Wearing makeup from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection

Wearing makeup from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection

Products in this look…


  • Lid — MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Leap from the new Lightness of Being collection (see swatches here)
  • Crease — MAC Eye Shadows in Bamboo and Saddle
  • Outer corner — MAC Eye Shadow in Sketch
  • Brow bone and inner corner — MAC Eye Shadow in Shroom
  • Lower lash line — MAC Sketch blended out with MAC Saddle
  • Brows — Antastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
  • Lashes — Eylure Texture No. 117
  • Cat eyeliner — MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack on upper lashes
  • Waterline — MAC Technakohl in Superfly


  • Blush — Chanel Pink Explosion
  • Highlight — MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping from the Lightness of Being collection
  • Bronzer — NARS Laguna



Schtuff I’m wearing from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection…

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Leap, a shimmery lavender with half pearl/half frost finish

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Leap, a shimmery lavender with a half pearl/half frost finish ($22)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping

Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping, a shimmery, pale peach with lavender marbling ($32)

MAC Mineralize Glass in On Cue

Mineralize Glass in On Cue, a golden pearl ($22)

Purple power! purple power!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Agata says:

    So pretty. You know I am crazy for purples. Your skin looks flawless!!
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  2. Jennifer says:

    Well done, a very pulled-together look! This purple is stunning on you!

  3. Kwmechelle says:

    Leap is STUNNING!!! What a gorgeous purple shade. Definitely could get some use outta this shade 🙂

  4. Erin says:

    Extremely pretty! I was hoping to check out the collection in person sometime soon. I love the knit pattern on the powders.
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  5. Hina says:

    You look so pretty, Karen! And that glow on your cheeks is just wow

    ♥ Makeup By Hina ♥
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  6. Lancy says:

    You look absolutely flawless Karen! Purples are always my favorites, be it any kind.
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  7. Rachel R. says:

    Beautiful! I love me some smoky purple eyes.

  8. Wow, you really made Leap work! I am wearing it today and it’s very sheer, definitely not smokey.
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  9. gio says:

    Very pretty! Purples look great on you!
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  10. Sunny says:

    Oh God I looooove this look, Karen! It’s super pretty!
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  11. I love purple smokey eyes.
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  12. Debra says:

    With the purchases of Sketch and Saddle (opulent color combo!) I now have a bigger storage box for the MAC eye shadows! It’s labeled STYLISH

    which is Reason #11.

  13. fancie says:

    Such a beautiful look! You’re making me want the eyeshadows now lol
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  14. Cyndi says:

    LOVING the purple smokey eye!! It is simply gorgeous!! I keep wanting to rock that look, but then either forget, or don’t feel it’s work appropriate for my current job. haha.

  15. tirurit says:

    I love purple eyeshadow, and that smokey eye is absolutely gorgeous! Also, making a note to check out bamboo in person 😉

  16. Erin says:

    What a lovely smokey eye! I haven’t done purple in ages.
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  17. Absolutely beautiful, Karen! Love the purple smokey eye on you. Will definitely be on the lookout for Leap. 🙂
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  18. Estefania says:

    I swatched Leap at the counter recently and it left something to be desired… Did you have any troubles with pigmentation? I found it to be a little more sheer than I’d like…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Estefania,

      Eh, it was a little sheer but sometimes I don’t mind that to be honest, because I like the ability to wear it as a wash or build it up. For this look I wet a 239 with Fix+ to apply Leap, which is my typical drill for the MSF Eye Shadows!

  19. Trude says:

    So pretty, love this on you! I’ve been doing a simple smokey purple a lot lately using the purple-y Laura Mercier caviar stick/cream shadow blended out with Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer in the crease. Lasts all day! 🙂

  20. Stefi says:

    Wow, so so sooo pretty! Now I’m in the mood for a purple smokey eye, I’ll definitely wear this soon, can’t wait!
    Love, Stefi

  21. Woww.. U look fabulous Karen.. Never thought purple smokey eyes can look so glamourous.. 🙂

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