Palettes give you a bit more bang for your buck.
Now, I’m not throwing “shade” at single shadows, but palettes are more ideal for travel, and allow the use of many colors. As someone who is on the go, you don’t have time to be searching for individual eye shadows in two different makeup bags at 6:30 a.m.
I received the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette for Christmas this last year, and it is amazing. It retails for $35, and has 14 shadows that can take you from day to night. I find myself reaching for this palette every day, and that’s what I love about it. I don’t even have to think – my brain already knows what to do.
Blending shadows are the first colors you lay down on your eye. These will match your skin tone or be only a few shades off. Natural/Nude-looking colors are great for blending – this allows you to have smooth transitions when you are layering colors. You want to put these shades on your lid and crease.
Blending Shades: Buttery, Sherbert, and Blush.
Daytime looks are usually soft with hints of a glow. Some of the glitter shades help achieve this look. A little highlight (light shimmer shade) on the inner corner of your eye also brightens your whole look, keeping you fresh and awake. You can place these shades on your lid and crease for more depth. You can also dip the tip of your finger in a highlight shade and dab it on the inner corner of your eye.
Daytime Shades: Blossom, Isla, Hot & Cold, and Self-Made
Highlight Shades: Pink Champagne and Treasure
Some of the darker shades placed lightly in your eye crease shape your eye and give you more definition. Always remember if you go too heavy on the dark shadows, your blending shades can help you even out that “raccoon” eye. Depending on your look, you can layer these shades in the crease, on your lid, and your lower lash line (under your eye). If you decide to put shadow on your lower lash line, start with a base of a blending shade first. This will give you a smoother look.
Nighttime/Crease Shades: Metallic Plum, Hot Chocolate, Spirit Rock, Witchy, and Deep Purple
Remember, this is how I use this palette. There is no right or wrong way to use makeup. Please share with me how you build your eye looks!