While lovely in theory, not every pretty shadow palette on the market is going to work in your favor. And picking one that complements your complexion is the difference between your smoky eye looking fine and fwiiinnneee! But, because the search involves quite a bit of homework, we went down the never-ending list of shadow shades for you — so you don’t have to! Hey, it’s what we’re here for. If you’re not exactly sure what your skin tone is, look here, then find your perfect palette below!
For those with lighter complexions, neutral shades can blend right into your skin tone, while anything too dark can come off bruise-like. Sticking to earthy hues will add warmth to your skin, while metallics and even shimmery, rose gold will stand out just enough to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter! And the palette that does it all? The NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk Til Dawn is your match made in eye shadow heaven!
Illuminating hues of bronze, honey and copper perfectly complement your medium skin tone. Look for rich neutrals with intense pigments and metallic finishes like the YSL Pure Chromatics in No20, as they work wonders against your beige undertones!
There’s quite a bit of shadow versatility when it comes to those with olive tones. You can play it safe with golden browns or you can throw caution to the wind and go for jewel tones like sapphire blue, emerald green or rich plum! And the Urban Decay Vice4 Eyeshadow Palette has the best of both worlds.
While jewel colors also work with dark skin tones, your shadow soul mate is a deep, dark, shimmery bronze with shades of burgundy like the Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Rosy Flush. Whether you’re off to work or a date night, this fall-inspired palette will never let you down!
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