There is something about an eyeshadow palette that seduces me in with promises of fabulous colour contouring combinations.
Only … I’m guilty of sticking to the same one or two colours in a palette, leaving the others lonely and untouched.
Why stick to a palette then?
Good question. I’m glad you asked.
I have two reasons:
1. Typically eyeshadow palettes offer better value for money than buying singular eyeshadow colours.
2. If you’re travelling – overnight or for a longer stay – packing an eyeshadow palette is a no-brainer of a space saver.
How to get the most out of an eyeshadow palette?
Firstly you need to start with a mix of colours that contain one or two of the colours you usually wear.
For me, that’s a nude/taupe/brown neutral mix. This is a combination that brings out the blue in my eyes.
It’s also a combination that can be worn toned down during the day and ramped up with darker tones and more definition around the eye for night.
I also look for eye colour with strong pigmentation and staying power. This is not always price dependent and it can be a bit trial and error to find a palette and brand that works.
On the higher end of the scale, you can try these out at makeup counters, even booking in for a makeup application.
On the lower end, you’ll need to take a chance on your purchase but you won’t be paying out a huge sum to start with, which will ease the pain.
If you read on, you’ll see two I’m currently using – one on the higher end of the scale; the other a budget-friendly beauty purchase. Both are fabulous.
Eyeshadow terms to understand
To better get the most out of an eyeshadow palette you have to get your head around some terminology.
A bit like in this post about how to contour face makeup, once you’ve nailed the terminology, you’ll get your head/face around the placement of colour in each of the places.
You can get more complicated than just concentrating on these four areas of the eye but if you play around with different colours in these areas you’ll be well on the way to using all the colours in an eyeshadow palette.
This is also not the only way to shade and colour the eye area. It’s just a simple way to mix things up in a colour palette.
If you do suffer from eyeshadow slippage (and yes, my hand is fully in the air), apply an eyeshadow primer before starting your colour. Like a regular primer, it smoothes the surface, acts like velcro to keep eye colour in place and prevents creasing.
Highlighter: the lightest colour in the palette is applied at the top of the brow bone. I also apply a little in the inner corner of the eye. The effect is to widen or brighten.
Lid: apply a shade darker than the highlighter colour (but not your darkest colour) across the entire lid.
Crease: the crease is where the top of the lid meets the bottom of the brow bone. Brush and blend a shade darker across this area. Blending with your fingertips is more than fine.
Outer corner: when adding colour in this area, do so in a sideways V-shape from the lash line to the crease line. This is reserved for your darkest eyeshadow shade.
Two eyeshadow palettes – luxe to less
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Monochrome $92: I fell in love with Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder for its illusionist powers (you can read about them here) this summer so it was only a matter of time until I succumbed to an eyeshadow palette from this brand. This one caught my eye because it has my favourite taupes and browns but it also has a soft pink thrown in the mix for an alternative lid colour. The shadow is soft going on, is richly pigmented and has staying powder. I also love its wave-like 3D looks.
Face of Australia Nude Colour Max Eyeshadow Palette $14.95: The good people at Face of Australia have actually marked each colour in this palette with a suggestion on where it should go. Just to confuse you, I’ve used it differently, placing the colour as marked in the image above. That’s the thing about this makeup thing, it’s all about playing and finding what you love best. Even though this palette is on the uber-budget friendly side, it measures up in the pigmentation stakes. And I do love that it offers a little shimmer action. That’s always ok in my makeup books.
So tell me, do you have a favourite eyeshadow palette? Why do you like it? Do you use all the colours? Or do you prefer to buy your eye colour separately?