We don't know if it's our Prince obsession or the fact that purple looks so stunning on brown skin, but lately, we've been spotting a slew of celebs rocking purple eyeshadow. And we're not just talking straightforward Barney purple, either--the shadows run the gamut from pale lavender to neon ultraviolet. From Eve to Estelle, here are our favorite plum-pretty superstars.
Lala Vasquez’s matte purple eyeshadow is the perfect compliment to her green eyes.
Red Carpet Queen
Thandie Newton’s massive ’80s-inspired curls and ultraviolet lids made her the talk of the red carpet at a recent awards show.
Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow in Retrogade ($20, sephora.com) leaves an electric, glittery sheen on lids.
For added drama, Eve added a swoop of winged liquid liner to her lightly shaded purple lids.
Lovely in Lilac
By lining her lids in jet black pencil, Tia Mowry adds definition to her delicate wash of lilac eyeshadow.
Michelle Williams accented her top and bottom lids with a stunning, ultraviolet hue.
CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Kit in Purple Pop ($3.19, drugstore.com) is super-flattering on all brown skin tones.
For the ultimate diva finishing touch, Jada Pinkett Smith adds mile-long lashes to her purple smokey eyes.
Keke Palmer’s pastel lavender lids are the perfect daytime summer look.
Estelle’s pale lilac lids are a sexy contrast to her berry lip.
Nars Melusine Eyeshadow Duo ($33, amazon.com) comes with a pale, metallic lavender hue and a bold matte purple shade. Glamorous!
At the American Music Awards, Rihanna balanced her bold, cherry red locks with a muted, pastel violet eyeshadow.
Keri Hilson rocked the red carpet in an arresting pop of plum shadow.
Tatyana Ali brightens her look with a metallic amethyst shadow — and leaves the rest of her face relatively bare.
Tokidoki Cromatico Eyeshadow Palette in Adieu ($19, sephora.com) comes with silver, magenta-violet, amethyst and dark grayish-plum shadow shades.
Chanel Iman sports a bare face with an electric pop of violet eyeshadow—such a fresh, fun look for summer!
Alicia Keys goes for high drama with a sexy blend of plum and midnight blue shimmer shadows.
Beyonce goes for a sultry, slightly muted look with a blend of plum and amethyst eyeshadows. So gorgeous with her honey-blonde locks!
Third Time's a Charm
Maybelline Eyestudio Trio Cream Eyeshadow Set in Purple Possibilities ($5.19, drugstore.com) comes with gold, plum and shimmery lilac hues.
Garcelle Beauvais’ smokey purple eyeshadow is the perfect compliment to her navy blouse. Such an unexpectedly brilliant pairing!
Naturi Naughton showcases her sweet, almond-shaped eyes with a smudge of neon ultraviolet eyeshadow. So not for the timid…
With her rose lipstick, major lashes and softly blended lilac eyeshadow, Ashanti is the epitome of summertime chic.
Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad in Smokey Purple ($5, drugstore.com) comes with four plum-perfect hues that make a gorgeous nighttime eye.