The Best Eyeshadow Palettes for Makeup Beginners

February 18, 2020
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington
The Best Eyeshadow Palettes for Makeup Beginners

While a new eyeshadow palette seems to drop every week, it can be difficult to figure out which ones you should add to your collection — especially if your stash is in the early stages of development. Personally, we feel like a kid in a candy store when it comes to shopping for new eye palettes. There are so many options to choose from that picking just one is nearly impossible. But if you’re an eyeshadow beginner, makeup artists and beauty influencers alike recommend stocking up on essential palettes that you’ll reach for everyday, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s important to pick a palette that’s super versatile (think: dozens of shades or a variety of textures), so you can experiment with different eyeshadow looks and techniques

Ahead, we’ve recommended our favorite eyeshadow palettes for beginners, from the perfect collection of nudes to the must-have shades for creating a smoky eye, and trust us when we say you’ll want every single one.

Maybelline New York Nudes of New York 16 Pan Eyeshadow Palette
This 16-pan palette has everything you need to create an infinite number of nude eye looks. The finishes range from ultra-pigmented mattes to creamy shimmers. Whether you’re heading into the office or going out with friends, you can easily transform your look with these neutral shades, making it a true must-have.

Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette 
Every beauty girl needs at least one Urban Decay Naked palette in her stash, and Naked2 is one of our favorites. It contains 12 taupe-hued neutrals, ranging from grayish browns and glittery coppers to pale golden pinks. With it, you can create neutral eyeshadow looks or a dramatic smoky eye — the possibilities are endless. 

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Smokey and Highlight
A smoky eye palette is a crucial item to have — no matter what your makeup skill level is. This one from NYX Professional Makeup contains 16 ultra-pigmented shades for mastering the perfect night-out makeup look.

Sephora Collection Sephora PRO Warm Palette
We’re firm believers that you can never have too many warm nude palettes. This deluxe 28-pan palette looks like it was plucked straight from a makeup artist’s kit. The shades feel rich and velvety when you apply them, making it a treat for everyday wear. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette
Even as an eyeshadow beginner, you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with blending matte and shimmery hues to create a stand-out eye look. The Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills features 14 easy-to-blend neutral colors to help you create day-to-night looks.

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