Eye Shadow Palette Tips

Eye shadow palettes can be so exciting, I mean, look at all of those colors!  They are so pretty!  But when it comes time to actually start using the palette, you may feel overwhelmed or unsure of what to do.  No worries!  I’ve put together some of my best tips to help you get started with using an eye shadow palette.  In no time, you’ll be blending and putting together color combinations like a pro!

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Eye Shadow Palette Tips to Get Started

The first thing to know about eye shadow palettes, is that you should choose quality over quantity.  I know it might be exciting to have fifty new eye shadow shades to choose from, but chances are, it’s not a quality product.  A lack of quality leads to shades that aren’t very pigmented, and they won’t last long on your skin.  That will lead to needing to reapply often, which can be frustrating.  So, make sure to choose a high quality product for the best results.

Second, choose an eye shadow palette that works well with your eye color.  Choosing a palette that offers shades to complement (yes, spelled with an “e” which means “combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another”) your eye color is the most flattering and a great way to make them POP!   Not sure which colors are best for you?  Check out my contrasting eye color blog post to help you.

Next, don’t feel like you have to use all of the colors each time you use the shadow palette.  My favorite part of using the palettes is that all of the colors are going to work together, no matter which combination you use.  However, you may find some combos that you like better than others.  It’s not uncommon to use just two or three colors out of a palette each time you do your eye makeup.

So, how do you actually use the palette?

Well, you can use it however you want, but for some beginning basics, I suggest following these tips:

  1. When looking at the palette, notice how the colors tend to go from lightest to darkest, either left to right or up and down.  Highlighting consists of using the lighest colors, whether they are shimmers or mattes.  You can apply these shades to your brow bone and inner corner of your eyes.
  2. The medium shades are intended to be applied all over your eyelid, for blending, or as a transition color.  A fun tip you can try would be to choose a color to use all over your eyelid, then choose a color 2-3 shades lighter to dab in the center of your eyelid (on top of the all-over color).  When using a lighter color in this way, it is called an accent color because it provides dimension and some extra pizzazz.
  3. The darker colors in the palette are for drama.  Oooh la la!   You create dimension by using them in your crease and on the outer corner (or outer V) of your eyelids.  You can also use a darker color with a liner brush to create eye liner.


Lastly, it’s important to note that using the proper eye brushes are a must.  It’s really hard to blend, apply precisely, and get a smooth finish with your fingers (trust me, I’ve tried, and it looked terrible).  So, eye brushes are essential to creating a professional look.  I mean seriously, you don’t see professionals using their fingers, right?  Brushes make a difference, so don’t lose out on getting the look you desire.

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