If you’re on a tight budget and looking for an eye palette to meet most, if not all, of your needs, here are a few tips I can share with you. I’ll be basing it off of my Basic Eye Diagram & Go-To Eyeshadow Technique, and the premise that you are looking for a palette to use for everyday.
I’ll be demonstrating this using the Urban Decay Naked 2 ($50), NARS And God Created the Woman ($65 for a set), Laura Mercier’s Artist Palette for Eyes (LE), and theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude ($36), under the assumption that you want a more or less neutral palette. I chose all of these palettes because they are either still available/permanent, or they’re LE palettes that have shades that are mostly permanent.
The base color is what you would put all over your mobile eye lid (area under the crease). Usually it’s a light to midtone color, but obviously you can go darker for night/smokier/sultrier looks.
I split the swatches into three photos since they wouldn’t fit on the back of my hand!
UD — Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Suspect, Verve, YDK
NARS — Alhambra, Kalahari
Laura Mercier — African Violet, Sable, Guava, Cameo, Sunlit
theBalm — Stubborn, Snobby, Stand-offish, Selfish, Seductive
I prefer my crease color to be matte, but you can use shimmery shades if that’s what floats your boat. This can be midtone to dark, depending on the intensity and depth you are looking for. A lighter crease color can also be used to transition from the dark crease upwards towards the browbone for a seamless look.
UD — Tease, Snakebite
NARS — Belissima
Laura Mercier — Plum Smoke, Café Au Lait, Coffee Ground
theBalm — Sultry, Sophisticated, Sleek
OUTER ‘V’ COLOR
The outer ‘v’ color is usually a darker version of the crease or the lid color that serves the purpose of creating depth and dimension on your eye.
UD — Snakebite, Pistol, Busted
NARS — Galapagos, Coconut Grove
Laura Mercier — Chocolate, Sable, Coffee Ground, Deep Night
theBalm — Sophisticated, Sexy, Silly, Sleek
Liner colors are usually dark colors. Typically, black is used, but of course it’s up to you if you want to take the road less traveled. Personally, I like using dark greys/charcoal, deep blues, and dark browns, too.
UD — Snakebite, Busted, Blackout
NARS — Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Nightclubbing
Laura Mercier — Chocolate, Coffee Ground, Deep Night, Rich Coffee
theBalm — Sophisticated, Sexy, Silly, Sleek, Serious
An eye highlight can be either matte or shimmery. Most people prefer a matte highlight on their browbone, but a shimmery highlight for the inner corner of the eye. These brighten up your eye area and open it up a bit more.
UD — Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Verve
NARS — Alhambra
Laura Mercier — Guava, Sunlit, Vanilla Nuts
theBalm — Sassy, Snobby, Stubborn, Stand-offish
I hope this helped you, somewhat! If I were on the hunt for a single palette that I’m meant to use everyday, I would look for:
— a light or midtone, shimmery or matte shade as base color and/or highlight
— a matte (if possible) crease color, can also be used for outer ‘v’
— a dark shade for depth, doubles as a liner
My favorite among all of these is the Laura Mercier Palette. However, Laura Mercier is no longer cruelty-free. My next favorite is the NARS Palette, which features shades from their permanent range.
See you tomorrow for another eye post! I hope you’re having a great time on here so far. 🙂