Purple Haze Shimmery lilac eyeshadow—it’s a thing! Let’s break down Keira Knightley’s latest makeup look

Keira Knightley makeup Can a Song Save Your Life premiere September 2013 Shimmery lilac eyeshadow—its a thing! Lets break down Keira Knightleys latest makeup look

Except for that one strand of hair that’s sticking to her lipstick—I just KNOW it’s gonna tick some of you guys off—Keira Knightley looks so beautiful here, at the TIFF premiere of Can a Song Save Your Life? I love the hair, I love the makeup, I love the eyebrows (which are fuller and thicker than ever; just Google and you’ll see what I mean).

Most importantly, those brows are framing some shimmering lilac eyeshadow that I can’t stop thinking about. I’d recreate them on myself in a hot minute if I had brown eyes and brown hair. Tell me if I’m wrong here, but I think pairing the purple with lighter eyes and hair runs a higher risk of looking tacky.

But with browns, it’s perfection. And it’s a bit of a trend lately. Remember Rose Byrne tried something similar only a month ago?

Rose Byrne I Give it a Year screening New York July 30 Shimmery lilac eyeshadow—its a thing! Lets break down Keira Knightleys latest makeup look

I liked that look, but I like how Keira did it even better. Here, this pic really shows it off:

Keira Knightley makeup Can a Song Save Your Life premiere September 2013 2 Shimmery lilac eyeshadow—its a thing! Lets break down Keira Knightleys latest makeup look

Jaw-droppingly gorgeous, right? I know you want to get in even closer, so let’s do it.

Keira Knightley makeup Can a Song Save Your Life premiere September 2013 3 Shimmery lilac eyeshadow—its a thing! Lets break down Keira Knightleys latest makeup look

So there are a few things I want to touch on with this look:

  • The eyeshadow placement. See how the purple goes pretty high above the crease? There’s been a movement in the last couple of years to get bold like that with colour, instead of playing it safe and keeping it to below the crease like in the old days. If you’ve got the right eyelid shape (and confidence), then go for it! Also notice that the colour is repeated more subtly underneath the lower lash line—that 360 degree eye I’ve talked about before—and even a bit in the inner corners.
  • The eyeshadow texture. Just that it’s shimmery. I think a flat colour applied that dramatically would be harder to wear, and more hard-looking, too.
  • The blending. An obvious point, but a key one. With such a look-at-me colour and so much of it, everything must be softly blended without any hard angles.
  • The liner. There looks to be some soft black liner helping the upper lashes look thicker (I think it may be in the upper waterlines as well). It’s used again underneath in a really thin line, but I think it’s important to note that it’s not in the lower waterlines. That would’ve closed off the eye and made it look harsh… whereas this is more of a dreamy, ethereal look.
  • The lashes. They don’t look like a Kardashian. I honestly don’t think the top makeup pros even like to use false eyelashes. When I spoke to Melanie Inglessis the other day, she mentioned how she thinks it’s more modern to go without, and I totally concur!
  • The lip and blush colours. They’re warm, not cool tones like the eyeshadow. I think this is really key, to have that contrast. The peach makes the purple on the eyelids look very 2013 instead of circa 1985. Oh, and you don’t want to apply too much of any colour on the lips or cheeks, regardless, since the eyes are the focal point.
  • The lip texture. The golden shimmer in it picks up on what’s happening with the eyes, and I think is a much cooler way to do a nude lip than straight-up sheer gloss. (Have you noticed how hardly anyone is wearing sheer gloss lately? If they have shine, it’s with a high pigment.)

Hopefully you agree!

Now, let’s talk products. I did manage to track down the makeup artist behind this look, Kate Lee, and she told me she used Chanel… I just don’t know which Chanel. I’ll update this if any confirmations come in, but for now I’m gonna just guess.

For the eyeshadow, I think the closest match is this palette:

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 08 Vanites Shimmery lilac eyeshadow—its a thing! Lets break down Keira Knightleys latest makeup look

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 08 Vanités, at Chanel counters

I’ll leave you on your own for mascara and liner, but for blush maybe this one?

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love Shimmery lilac eyeshadow—its a thing! Lets break down Keira Knightleys latest makeup look

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 55 In Love, at Chanel counters

I have it in 76 Frivole and use it a lot lately; it’s a really pretty, subtle formula.

And for the lip, from looking at other people’s swatches, I believe it could be something close to this:

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 41 Canotier Shimmery lilac eyeshadow—its a thing! Lets break down Keira Knightleys latest makeup look

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 41 Canotier, at Chanel counters

These Coco Shines are SO nice, by the way. They are like hybrid lipstick/lip glosses and have a lot of pigment.

Tell me:

Are you in love with this lilac shadow look?
Do you agree about purple looking best with dark eyes and hair?
Have you checked out any of these Chanel products? (Swoon!)

7 Comments

QuiteLight
Wednesday, September 11/2013 at 12:28 pm

Oh, pretty… Michelle, you can do this, just adapt it a bit for your colouring! I have grey-green eyes, & I love to do purple shadow when I can get away with it. (Sometimes when it’s been recently overdone, I just can’t.)

Right now, I’m doing a sheerer application with a bit of shimmery charcoal in the crease & under the eye to kind of ground it a bit & relate it back to my eye. The purple makes the green in my eyes show up more.

& What have you done to me!? I actually like that lipstick! And I don’t do frost, I don’t do pale, & I don’t do peach! Thank goodness Chanel isn’t in my current beauty budget, or I’d be in trouble.

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Lexie
Wednesday, September 11/2013 at 12:51 pm

How in the world does someone have such freaking perfect skin???! That shiz just isn’t fair.

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Micki
Wednesday, September 11/2013 at 2:44 pm

I have blue eyes and with the right shade of lilac, my eyes looking bluer than ever!

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LayLow
Thursday, September 12/2013 at 12:39 am

Love the purple on those brown-eyed beauties. With my green eyes, it might not look quite as lovely. Maybe a scaled down version? I almost always line with “Sketch” MAC eyeshadow (dark eggplanty purple with some subtle shimmer) Not sure if I am brave enough for all that purple shadow…much prefer gold shadow if I want to be dramatic.

Once again, we are in sync! Love my Coco Shine.
(I have it in Aventure – a darling peachy pink with gold flecks)

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QuiteLight
Thursday, September 12/2013 at 11:46 am

LOVE Sketch, amazing with any green in eyes!

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Kate'shomesick
Thursday, September 12/2013 at 11:12 am

Love this. She’s just too gorgeous.
I love to use purple eyeshadow as well…going by the colour wheel purple ist what makes green eyes stand out even more and it really does. I have very dark green eyes though but I think if you’re keeping the purple tone dark enough it should work with every eye colour.

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Annie Moose
Sunday, September 15/2013 at 6:23 am

Friendly note from someone who tried the look: if you’re going to try it as well, note that Keira Knightley also has some white shadow on her inner corner, towards the nose. The brightness of that keeps the purple shadow from looking bruise-like.
Also, she didn’t need black eyeliner under cause she has nice thick lower lashes coated in mascara. You might need a light-handed application of black eyeliner if your lower lashes aren’t as thick as hers, to make it look right.

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