Great Beauty: Purple Eyeshadow

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.
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Lala Vasquez’s matte purple eyeshadow is the perfect compliment to her green eyes.

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Thandie Newton’s massive ’80s-inspired curls and ultraviolet lids made her the talk of the red carpet at a recent awards show.

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Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow in Retrogade ($20, sephora.com) leaves an electric, glittery sheen on lids.

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For added drama, Eve added a swoop of winged liquid liner to her lightly shaded purple lids.

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By lining her lids in jet black pencil, Tia Mowry adds definition to her delicate wash of lilac eyeshadow.

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Michelle Williams accented her top and bottom lids with a stunning, ultraviolet hue.

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CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Kit in Purple Pop ($3.19, drugstore.com) is super-flattering on all brown skin tones.

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For the ultimate diva finishing touch, Jada Pinkett Smith adds mile-long lashes to her purple smokey eyes.

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Keke Palmer’s pastel lavender lids are the perfect daytime summer look.

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Estelle’s pale lilac lids are a sexy contrast to her berry lip.

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Nars Melusine Eyeshadow Duo ($33, amazon.com) comes with a pale, metallic lavender hue and a bold matte purple shade. Glamorous!

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At the American Music Awards, Rihanna balanced her bold, cherry red locks with a muted, pastel violet eyeshadow.

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Keri Hilson rocked the red carpet in an arresting pop of plum shadow.

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Tatyana Ali brightens her look with a metallic amethyst shadow — and leaves the rest of her face relatively bare.

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Tokidoki Cromatico Eyeshadow Palette in Adieu ($19, sephora.com) comes with silver, magenta-violet, amethyst and dark grayish-plum shadow shades.

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Chanel Iman sports a bare face with an electric pop of violet eyeshadow—such a fresh, fun look for summer!

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Alicia Keys goes for high drama with a sexy blend of plum and midnight blue shimmer shadows.

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Beyonce goes for a sultry, slightly muted look with a blend of plum and amethyst eyeshadows. So gorgeous with her honey-blonde locks!

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Maybelline Eyestudio Trio Cream Eyeshadow Set in Purple Possibilities ($5.19, drugstore.com) comes with gold, plum and shimmery lilac hues.

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Garcelle Beauvais’ smokey purple eyeshadow is the perfect compliment to her navy blouse. Such an unexpectedly brilliant pairing!

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Naturi Naughton showcases her sweet, almond-shaped eyes with a smudge of neon ultraviolet eyeshadow. So not for the timid…

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With her rose lipstick, major lashes and softly blended lilac eyeshadow, Ashanti is the epitome of summertime chic.

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Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad in Smokey Purple ($5, drugstore.com) comes with four plum-perfect hues that make a gorgeous nighttime eye.