The right way to use a nude eyeshadow palette

How to get the most out of all the shades in your palette

Better Homes and Gardens Better Homes and Gardens Beauty and Lifestyle Editor / December 08 2016

With an all-in-one nude eyeshadow palette you can create beautiful finishes for everyday wear or standout glam. Simply pick a nude palette with shades that suit your skin tone, then put it to work by following our quick and easy guide.

The secret to using any eyeshadow palette lies in where you apply the light and darker shades and good blending. The rule is to use lighter shades to make areas stand out and darker tones to give definition and depth. As for nudes, beige, taupe and chocolate shadows, they may seem a tad boring, but together they’re super-flattering and downright sexy.


Open and brighten

Using an eyeshadow brush or applicator, apply a light or medium shade over the entire lid, socket area and outer half of the orbital bone. Blend the top edge so there’s no obvious finishing line.

Try: Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad

COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quad


Embolden lash lines

Apply eyeliner (or use the darkest shade in your palette) along the upper and lower lash line from the outer corner, making the line thinner as it moves towards the inner corner.

Try: NYX The Natural Shadow Palette

NYX The Natural Shadow Palette


Lift and define

Apply a darker shade on the outer corner of lid, blending it along the lash line and up into outer half of the crease. Use mascara and a brow brush to finish.

Try: Dior 5 Couleurs Designer Artistry Palette

Dior 5 Couleurs Designer Artistry Palette

Ready to give it a go? These are the nude palettes you need to own.

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Annie Millar is a Beauty Expert with more than 30 years experience in the Beauty Industry. Her qualifications include Life Coaching, Makeup Artistry, Beauty Therapy and Secondary Teaching. She is currently the Beauty and Lifestyle Editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine.