While lovely in theory, not every pretty eyeshadow palette on the market works well for everyone. In fact, different palettes look great on different skin tones, and it’s rare to find one that’s universally flattering. Ahead, find four palette picks that look stellar on particular types of skin tone, undertones and variations. Whether you want to create a dramatic copper smoky eye or you’re looking for some neutral base shades, we’ve got you covered.
FAIR SKIN TONES
If your skin falls into the lighter category, this five-pan palette in Taupe Craze will give you all the warmy-rose-gold and purple feels — without being too dark or heavy. The earthy undertones and metallics will glow on your complexion and keep your fairer skin looking awake.
MEDIUM SKIN TONES
Illuminating hues of bronzey coppers are the perfect complementary shades for medium skin tones. With rich burgundies and burnt oranges, the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette will quickly become your go-to for creating a range of looks.
OLIVE SKIN TONES
While pops of bright, jewel-inspired shades look gorgeous on olive skin tones (we’re talking emerald greens, sapphire blues and bold purples on the lower lash line), neutral shadows work best to cancel out yellow undertones. The Nudes palette has just about every neutral hue you’d need — and works great as a base before you add a color popping detail.
DARKER SKIN TONES
It’s no secret that rich red, greens, yellows and coppers look absolutely fire on darker skin tones. The NYX In Your Element Palettes in Earth and Fire have just the right amount of impact with brighter reds, yellows and coppers — but also stay grounded with the deeper green and brown hues.