Of course you can get started with an old palette you happen to have, but a fresh start with a new set of eyeshadows is definitely much better, don't you think? You should absolutely make the effort to go out and find a high quality palette that won’t break the bank but will break hearts when you step out with your new snatched look! Here are our tips for choosing the right palette for you.
Eyeshadow palettes vary greatly in size, so consider what final look you're going for and how simple you want the process to be before investing in a palette that is full of colours. You might think that the bigger the palette, the better, but it can in fact be a good place to start small rather than being faced with a sensory overload of colours.
Colours in a smaller palette are designed to work together so there’s less chance of you making a mistake. Eyeshadow palettes with several colours from one particular shade range can make the application process much easier and a great chance for you to get to know which shades best suit your eye colour and skin tone.
However, on the flipside, a palette with multiple colours can give you plenty of room to experiment when you're not sure which colours suit you best. You'll find many are often very good value too and may last longer overall.
Generally, darker coloured eyeshadows will create a smoky and sultry effect, while rainbow-bright shades give a more edgy, modern look. Brown eyes tend to look best with deep purples, greens and golds while green eyes suit red-bronze tones and aubergine purples. For blue eyes, anything with a warm undertone will look beautiful, such as warm browns and terracottas to help your eyes pop.
It may sound obvious, but we’re often distracted by pretty packaging and the overall look of a collection, without checking the individual shades. Make sure at least 90% of the set are colours you’d realistically put on your face, or you’ll find yourself using one shadow until it’s empty and ignoring the rest; which is not great value for money.
Another point worth remembering when you buy your first eyeshadow palette is the balance of shimmer and matte powders. Just because you like the colours in a palette, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the shadows will look how you want them to on your eyelids. Both matte and shimmer have advantages and disadvantages for beginners, which we will go into more detail below.
Your best bet as a total eyeshadow novice is matte shadows. These powders reflect very little light so are flat and muted in appearance. This can be great as it creates a just-noticeable colour on your eyelids that draws attention to your eyes without making too dramatic a statement.
Matte shadows blend beautifully with your skin tone and each other, so they should be extra subtle and won’t have everyone doing a double-take when you first try them out. A gentle, painless first step into this new realm.
The downside is, they’re, well... eye-catching. If you haven’t quite got the hang of applying eyeshadow yet, shimmer shades are far more striking and will draw attention to mistakes easily. Poorly applied dark shimmers, in particular, can end up looking like a shiny bruise or a black eye.
This is a really clever way of getting a professional look with minimal effort, and a good place to begin your eyeshadow journey so you’ll know what you’re aiming for when you branch into more complicated palettes.
It’s always worth keeping your eyes peeled for a palette which comes with its own brush. Make-up brands produce brushes that are designed to work well with their products; so finding a set with a brush included will save you time and money, guaranteeing it will be suited to the shadows you’ve chosen.
It’s always worth taking the time to consider your options when investing in a new makeup product for the first time. Now you’ve got an idea of what’s available and how palettes can differ, take a look at our top picks of the best eyeshadow palettes you can find in the UK. We’re sure more than one will catch your eye!
|Number of Colours||9|
|Shade Range||Pinks and Browns|
|Matte/Shimmer||3x Matte, 6x Shimmer|
|Number of Colours||12|
|Shade Range||Creams and Pinks|
|Number of Colours||6|
|Shade Range||Cream, Brown|
|Number of Colours||8|
|Shade Range||Cream, Brown and Gold|
|Number of Colours||16|
|Matte/Shimmer||12x Matte, 4x Shimmer|
|Number of Colours||4|
|Number of Colours||6|
|Shade Range||Cream, Pink and Brown|
|Number of Colours||2|
|Number of Colours||4|
|Shade Range||Cream, Brown, and Purple|
|Number of Colours||35|
|Shade Range||Creams, Browns and orange|
35O Nature Glow Artistry Palette
Smoky Stories Eyeshadow Palette Brilliant Prunette
They’re Real Duo Shadow Blenders
Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Bronze
Big Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Luminous Brown
Ultimate Shadow Palette - Brights
Magnif’Eyes Keep Calm Eyeshadow Palette
Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Eyeshadow Palette x9 in Dusky Rose
Unrivalled Quality with Subtle Range
Fuss-Free, Perfect Purple Peepers
The Easiest Eyeshadow Ever
Cheap, Cheerful, Beautiful Eyes
Foolproof Formula for Big, Bright Eyes
Kaleidoscope Fun for Beginner Party Looks
Dark and Dramatic Eyes at a Pinch
Trusted, Quality Beauty Basics
Brave the Shimmer with Low-Key Pinks
Rose-Tinted Lids By Makeup Legends
|Number of Colours||35||4||2||6||4||16||8||6||12||9|
|Shade Range||Creams, Browns and orange||Cream, Brown, and Purple||Brown||Cream, Pink and Brown||Browns||Multi-colour||Cream, Brown and Gold||Cream, Brown||Creams and Pinks||Pinks and Browns|
|Matte/Shimmer||Mixed||Mixed||Mixed||Mixed||Mix||12x Matte, 4x Shimmer||Mixed||Matte||Mixed||3x Matte, 6x Shimmer|
Sometimes it can be hard to decipher which make-up products are the best for you when your faced with a wall of options. So let us help you to take the stress out of shopping and give you our recommendations of the best make-up essentials you should have in your make-up bag!
So there you have it! A selection of the best eyeshadow palettes for absolute beginners to give you a warm welcome into the world of bold and beautiful eyes. We hope our list inspires you to try something new and have fun exploring different looks from cosplay to everyday. Here’s to stunning lids in the blink of an eye!
Author: Annie Hopkins
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