Using an eyeshadow palette can be confusing for many. Be it 4, 6, 8, or 16 pan palettes; it can be overwhelming to figure out where to place the shades to look your best. If you choose a dark shade in the centre to attain sultry/smokey eyes, it may turn into looking like Halloween makeup. And if you pick a hue lighter on the lash line, your desire to obtain a glitzy, glam party look will be dampened.
You may be excited at the release of any new, bold, sparkly, or shimmery shades, but using even the best eyeshadow palette effectively is a whole new ball game. However, you do not need to be a makeup artist to crack the colour code. All you need are the right eye shadow brushes and a penchant for colour.
This blog gives you tips that can get you out of the single shade eyeshadow rut and experiment with the eyeshadow palette to create any look you wish. Read our ultimate eyeshadow palette guide to learn how to swipe right, first time, and every time.
Understand the Colours
While eyeshadow palettes have a myriad of colours, they are picked and arranged in a certain way. The best eyeshadow palettes come in 3 categories – light, medium, and dark shades.
Where to apply light colours
The light shades are mainly to put your makeup in the spotlight. Their job is to highlight your prominent features. The light shades must be applied to the inner corner of your eyes and your brow bone. These areas will reflect maximum light, giving more brightness to the eyes, adding depth and exciting contrast to darker shades.
Where to apply medium colours
Medium shades are the most useful colours of your eyeshadow palette. They can be used to create any makeup look depending upon how dramatic you want the results to turn out. Medium colour shades that are either the same or slightly darker than your skin tone can help create the natural makeup look when evenly applied over the whole eyelid.
You can amplify the dimension by applying the dark medium shades to the creases of your eyes with a small, tapered brush. To brighten up your makeup for a party, apply a tiny swab of the shimmery medium shade over the centre of your lid.
If you wish to achieve smoky eyes, you can opt for medium-dark shades to perfect the glam look.
Where to apply dark colours
The darkest colours in your eyeshadow palette are your contour colours and your liners. Use dark colours to outline a V in the crease of your eye to get the perfect crease that gives an illusion of big eyes. Or replace that monotonous eyeliner with a fun pop of bold pigmented shades along your upper lash line.
How to Get the Natural Look with an Eyeshadow Palette
You do not need to sacrifice fun or colour to sport the natural look. You can get the best of both worlds through an eyeshadow palette that combines neutral browns with a dash of blush and gold glitter shades.
Here are the steps to get the best natural look through the best eyeshadow palette:
- Apply the Eyeshadow Primer
Apply an eyeshadow primer across your eyelids so that you don’t ruin your eye makeup through creases or smudges caused due to natural oils. You can achieve the best blending and save time by using your fingers to apply along the upper lash line up to your brow bone.
- Build your base
To get the natural look, you may go for a neutral shade that is just a few shades darker than your natural skin tone.
- Define your crease
Switch your fluffy eyeshadow brush with a tapered, short brush and use a darker shade to add depth to your eyes. Apply the colour along the crease of your eyelid, where the eyelid folds naturally. The Orchid Freshness & Forestry shade from Lotus Makeup can be an excellent pick for special occasions where you need to look striking.
- Go for Blending plus Highlighting
To deal with harsh lines formed at the meeting point of base colour and dark crease colour, smoothen the area with a blending brush to achieve seamless blending. Then, you can get an extra pop of colour by adding a highlighter with an extra dusting of the lightest colour shade just beneath your brow bones and your inner eye corners.
The Autumn Feel shade from Lotus Ecostay Velvet Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect choice to create matt and shimmery looks in a subtle way.
How to get the Smoky Look with an Eyeshadow Palette.
The key to the best smoky eye is to build your eye makeup around a dark, rich pigment that blends perfectly with your skin tone. Try Lotus Herbals' Moon Nightshade of the Velvet Eyeshadow Palette is ideal to ace the bold, smokey eyes for any special occasion.
How to work a Brightly coloured Eyeshadow Palette
Bright eyeshadow shades are ideal for daytime makeup and that special occasion. You can work with bright lavenders, rich coppers and shimmery teals to sport the sparking, radiant look. Use a short-angled brush and the bright pink or blue shades from Lotus Ecostay Velvet Eyeshadow palette to instantly add glam to your natural look.
Quick Steps to create any look you want with Eyeshadow Palette
Step1: Decide on your look – Before reaching out for the brush, decide what look you want to create. This can help you choose the lid, centre, and crease colour. Lighter shades can create soft looks, and heavy, deep tones can help achieve a more dramatic look.
Step 2: Pick Lid Shade – The next step is to pick the right shade that will go with your eyelid.
Step 3: Pick Crease Shade – You must now choose the crease shade and decide whether you want a matte or shimmery shade to suit your eyes and the depth of your lid.
Step 4: Add depth to your lash line – With a small, short blending brush, you can intensify your lash line with a deep shade of colour to add depth and colour to your look.
Step 5: Brighten eye with a dash of colour – Choose a light shade from the eyeshadow palette to brighten up your look. This colour must be applied to the inner corners of the eyes or the upper brow bone.
Before you begin your next eyeshadow adventure, you can check out the wide range of eyeshadow palettes from Lotus Makeup. From neutral shades to matte to shimmer and bold ones, the colours can perfectly complement your makeup and perfect your look for the day.