5 palettes that’ll replace your nudes
The new generation of neutrals is everything your kit needs
Beauty Crew Contributor / May 26 2017
We are all familiar with nude eyeshadow palettes – they’re typically filled with shades of brown, taupe, beige and cream and we all probably own at least three. And while these classic neutral shades will never go out of style, sometimes an update is in order. These are the new nude palettes, each featuring fresh and versatile shades that’ll see you through work days, evening plans, nights out, and everything in between. From peach and terracotta to lilac and grey, get ready for a neutral eye makeup renaissance.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Collection
While the classic mix of matte and shimmery browns are present in this palette, the addition of gorgeous pinks and peaches (like Just Peachy and Candied Peach) will freshen up your look. Too Faced co-founder Jerrod Blendino explains “When I came up with the Peach palette, I was thinking, ‘How am I able to reinvent this nude look that is so tired and overdone, while still giving women colors they can live in?’.” And here you have it!
The Body Shop Down to Earth Smoky Grey Quad
Typically you’ll find greys paired with black and silver in an eyeshadow palette, but not in this quad from the Body Shop. The range of greys paired with nude make a great combo for creating depth in your eye makeup without necessarily upping the intensity of an everyday look. And another handy trick: Use a touch more of the light pink on the inner corners of your eyes to create the illusion of wider, brighter eyes.
Smashbox Ablaze Covershot Palette
The mix of warm shades in this palette, specifically terracotta, “is more flattering than cooler tones. Basically you look healthier when your skin has more warmth. Because terracotta has a little extra pop when compared to your classic black or brown, creating a smoky eye becomes almost effortless,” says Lori Taylor Davis, the Global Pro Lead Makeup Artist for Smashbox.
NYX Be Our Guest Maurice Eyeshadow Palette
Purple as a neutral? Yep, we’re calling it – purple shades are so much more versatile than you would expect. While the highly pigmented shades in this palette certainly give you the option to up the drama, the lighter lilac and pink-toned shade will give you a gorgeous and soft wash of colour that doesn’t scream colour. Plus, purple’s the shade that works wonders for all eye colours, making it everyone’s perfect go-to palette.
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Monochrome
Featuring shades of deep plum, warm ivory, rose nude, peony pink and mauve, this new neutral palette is a favourite for creating “a modern, wearable smoky eye that’s a subtle change from the traditional, neutral smoky eye. Plus, the soft, rosy shades in the palette complement any eye colour,” explains Vanessa Eckels, the National Artistry Trainer for Hourglass.
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