How to use your eye palette to its full potential
New Idea / March 30 2017
Leave no hue untouched!
It happens to us all: you buy a palette intending to use all the pretty shades and end up just using one or two. Follow these easy tips and you’ll soon be using every colour to create an array of stunning makeup looks.
Make every day different
If you find you only go for ‘safe’ shades, make a pact to try a new hue each time you do your eye makeup. “Try combining a colour you never use with one of your ‘safe’ colours as an easy way to start changing things up,” Dutton says. Palette we love: Essence All About…Eyeshadow in Nudes.
Mix and match
“I am a bit of a fan of mixing eyeshadow colours,” reveals Dutton. “If you find a shade you love but feel that it’s maybe too deep or dark for you, then dip your eyeshadow brush into that colour and then into something a little lighter, and see how it changes the shade,” she suggests. Palette we love: Clinique Pretty Easy Eye Palette.
Use the ‘scary’ shade
An easy way to use the darkest shade in your palette is to apply it along the top and bottom lash line to add definition – it will give your eyes a soft, smoky effect and it’s a great look for the evening. Palette we love: Model’s Prefer Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Nude.
Fake your liner
Using a shadow as a liner is a subtle way of accentuating your eye. Pick a darker shade (it doesn’t have to be black – try brown, charcoal or plum) and use an angled eyeshadow brush to apply it along your upper lash line and your lower one too, if you like. Palette we love: L’Oréal Paris La Palette Nude Eyeshadow.