The Beginner’s Guide to Eyeshadow Palettes


In this article, we will discuss how to make the most of your collection of eyeshadow palettes. Eyeshadow palettes are very much like a palette an artist would use to create a beautiful painting. Needless to say, your eyelids serve as your canvas. You can use the colors in your eyeshadow palette to contour and highlight, as well as bring out the natural hues in your eyes. Of course, you want to ensure that you are armed with palettes that work with your eye color.

Some palettes have as little as two colors, while some can have twenty or more colors. In most cases, eyeshadow palettes follow a certain theme. For example, Urban Decay released a palette dedicated to warm neutral shades called Naked Heat. Each color was designed to work together in this palette, meaning all 12 shades could be mixed and matched in order to create a beautiful and unique look. If you are new to using eyeshadow, it’s recommended that you purchase eyeshadow palettes with fewer colors. That way you can get a feel for how to use various colors without getting overwhelmed right off the bat.

Neutral shades, such as those found in the Naked Heat palette, work well with all different eye colors. This is a good way for those new to using eyeshadow to create a look they can be happy with. In general, palettes stocked with colors that are not neutral should compliment the eye color of the person wearing them. It’s a good idea to purchase palettes that bring out the natural colors in your eyes. Contrast is key. For example, if you have green eyes, you may want to buy palettes that have shades of rust brown and purple. Blue eyes can be brought out with darker, more chocolate shades of brown as well as dark gray. If you have brown eyes, shades of green and purple will help to make your peepers look amazing.

There are multiple looks that you can wear in order to create different effects. A simple look, however, is to take one of the lightest shades (a white or cream color) and sweep this on the brow bone, or the area right underneath your eyebrow. Add a dash to the inner corner of each eye, as well, in order to look more awake and alert. A slightly darker shade, albeit still bright, can be added to your eyelid and the crease of your eye. To go one step further, add a third shade, the darkest one you feel comfortable using, to the crease of your eye in order to add slightly more dimension.

Another look you can grow to love is the smokey eye. This is a look that will require three colors from your eyeshadow palette, traditionally white, gray, and black. White will go on your brow bone and the inner corner of your eyes. Your gray shade serves as the foundation of your eyelids as well as each crease. Then, to finish off the look, add black to the outer corner of your eyelids and the creases. Blend to make the look harmonious.

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