A majestic look for the holidays—in four simple steps. 

By Deanne Kaczerski
The most in-your-face of all the eye trends, smoky eyes ignite your look and leave you needing little other makeup. But they’re not as intimidating to create as they appear. To begin, pick a color palette. There are no rules: It’s a matter of how adventurous you’re feeling.How-to: Sarah Lucero, a celebrity makeup artist with Stila Cosmetics, started with two purple tones, brushing the darker over the lighter to build intensity from the lash line to just above the crease. “Don’t go too far up the lids—the color will bleed upward naturally,” she says. Next, using a pencil that’s slightly deeper than the shadow, draw a line just above the upper lashes to a bit past the outer eye, then do the same below the lower lashes. Follow with a black kohl liner on the inner rims of the lower lashes. A quick hit of shimmery powder in the centers of the upper lids, black mascara, and nude lip gloss and you’re, well, smokin’ hot.To buy: Nars Duo Eye Shadow in Marie-Galante, $35, sephora.com. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in No. 3L and Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in No. 03, $23 and $9, respectively: sephora.com. Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Cobalt, $32, stilacosmetics.com. CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara, $7, amazon.com.
Plamen Petkov

This article originally appeared on MIMI.

When I was younger and people used to ask me which color was my favorite, and I always used to reply, "Purple because it's what princesses wear." Not much has changed really, except I've also added navy, black, and most earth and blush tones to my list of faves. So when makeup artist Joseph Carrillo (@josephcarrillo) and I were talking about eye looks to wear around the holidays, he said, "What about a purple smoky eye? I love a good purple." So do I, Joseph. So do I.

The best thing about purple, is that it works on every single skin tone and every single eye color. And, since purple has a majestic quality, you too can feel like a princess whilst rocking a regal smoky eye, m'lady.

Step-By-Step to a Purple Smoky Eye:

1. Highlight the brow bone with a mushroom color eyeshadow down into the crease (featured: MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Quarry, $16; nordstrom.com)

2. Shade in the crease and over the lid with a soft bronze shadow (featured: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Snake Bite, $19; ulta.com)

3. Next, take a plum color gel shadow and paint it over just your lid and along your lower lash line (featured: It Cosmetics Liner Love in Rich Plum, $24; ulta.com)

4. Add a dark purple shadow to just the lid by patting it on with your finger. Take a eyeliner brush and light apply the same color to your lower lash line (featured: Kat Von D Metal Crush Shadow in Danzig, $21; sephora.com)