Three Eyeshadow Looks to Create WIth This NYX Professional Makeup PaletteOctober 19, 2023
When I first started experimenting with makeup, I immediately gravitated towards the massive, colorful palettes I saw displayed in every prestige makeup aisle. Over 10 years later, not much has changed — except for, of course, the quality and abundance of colorful drugstore eyeshadow palettes. Today, I had the chance to play with the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Vintage Jean Baby, a 16-pan palette that comes in at only $20. From mermaidcore shimmer to latte makeup and grunge smoky eyes, find out a few of the looks you can create with this palette, below.
Apply Shade 1, a holographic white glitter, to the center of your lid and inner corners. I packed the shade on with my fingertip, but you can also use a flat, synthetic shadow brush.
Next, frame the white glitter shadow with Shades 13 and 14, a glittering gunmetal and navy blue, respectively. Again, I used my fingers, but you can pack on both shades with a synthetic brush. I made sure to apply all of the shadows with a light hand, so the glitter was more visible than the pigmentation.
Finish off the look with lots of mascara and more white shadow as needed to make the shimmer pop. You can even brush a small amount on the tops of your cheekbones to act as a glittery highlighter.
Subtle Latte Makeup
Blend Shade 3, a light taupe, across the lid and up towards the brow bone, using a large, fluffy eyeshadow brush.
Taking a smaller fluffy brush, blend Shade 6, a warm, mid-toned brown across the lid, concentrating the color closer to the lash line.
Layer Shade 7, a slightly deeper brown, on top of the lid with an even smaller brush, keeping the color even closer to the lash line. Add a mix of shades 6 and 7 to the lower lash line with the same small brush.
Finish the look with brown mascara and winged eyeliner — I opted for the Urban Decay 24/7 Inks Easy Ergonomic Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Whiskey.
Shimmery Smoky Eyes
For lots of depth, draw a thick line of black pencil along the top lash line, then diffuse the line with either your finger or a smudging brush.
Layer Shade 8, a sparkling, blackened plum, all over the lid on top of the black pencil. I alternated between using my fingertip and a synthetic brush to pat on this shade.
Blend out the dark shadow with a mixture of shades 2 and 3, or 6 and 7 if you have a medium to deep complexion.
Circle the top and bottom water lines with a rich black eyeliner, then blend out the lower lash line with shade 6. Layer on mascara and add false lashes for extra drama.