Meet your makers! Over the past few years, eyeshadow palettes have come up in the world. From mere pan o’ powders, the eyeshadow palette has risen to collectible, covetable, must-have cult beauty status. A good palette today spawns rival tribes of passionately devoted followers. Nudes vs bright! Mattes vs shimmers! Classics vs trends! Which one is best?!?!
An eyeshadow palette offers a spectrum of shades, usually within the same color group, or at least in complementary shades. At one end of the spectrum will be lighter shades (to highlight and brighten) then medium shades (for base shades on lids) then dark shades (for lining and defining). Sometimes they'll have a mix of finishes, offering a blend of sheers and shimmers, sometimes an accent color for fun. Every palette is different and you should just go with your gut instinct in picking which one you think you’ll use most.
There are a few different types of palettes, but in general there are 3 main ones: 1) nudes/neutrals, which offer up flattering beige, brown and caramel shades 2) trend-driven ones that offer of-the-moment colors and 3) smoky palettes, designed to give you everything you need to create a smoky eye.
For anyone just starting to build a makeup collection, a nude eyeshadow palette is essential. A selection of everyday colors that are as wearable as possible is worth its weight in gold. You can start small, with something like a City Mini Eyeshadow Palette, which has 5 wearable shades, or go big, with our iconic Nudes of New York 16-Pan Eyeshadow Palette. Both options are perfectly edited collections of colors that you can’t go wrong with.
When playing with eyeshadow shades it’s best to use a few different brushes, so colors stay true and don’t get muddied—i.e. don’t dip your makeup brush into dark shadow then immediately use it on pale shadows. Clean your brush in between shades with a clean, dry tissue. Blow away any errant powder in the palette and keep it clean with Q tips, cotton balls and a little daily maintenance.
Bare your inner nude with soft taupes custom-designed to flatter every skin tone, light to dark.
Complete the look with Dreamer, Soloist, Originator, Voyager and Explorer.
Fire up your look with heated nudes from soft berry to rosy copper, designed for fearless intensity on every skin tone.
Complete the look with Fighter, Voyager and Globetrotter.
Embrace your inner nudist. Warm nudes designed to flatter every skin tone.
Complete the look with Self-Starter, Inspirer, Pioneer and Creator.
Sun-kissed nudes that compliment every skin tone. Never chalky, never ashy, never dull.
Complete the look with Pioneer, Inspirer and Self-Starter.
Maybelline will never share your information with 3rd parties or post to facebook without permission.