One thing I hate is buying a palette and using only four shadows while the rest going untouched. Being a makeup artist, I'm skeptical buying eyeshadow palettes for this very reason. I have my staple shadows I buy alone because I know they'll get used but there are a few palettes that I've purchased multiple times over simply because I touch on 80% of the entire palette. I HATE wasting makeup and I HATE having so many palettes untouched
Here are some palettes I suggest if you're looking to amp up your regular makeup routine while also getting the most usage out of all shades. These palettes work for multiple areas of the face and not just the eyes and this is why I continue to repurchase them! I personally have one palette in my makeup bag that I use every single day on my eyes, brows, cheeks, and even lips!
Melt Cosmetics Rust Stack $58; First off, I LOVE Melt Cosmetics! I love Lora and Dana! And I love my Latina women that are boss babes and CEOs of their own shit! I will forever support this brand because they both worked from the ground up- so much respect for these women. I go through the Rust Stack the quickest mostly because I can use it on anyone of any skin complexion and can give off natural or bold within five shades. For me, being able to hold these shadows as a stack (they're magnetic so they stack on top of one another- genius!) and in one hand, I can literally get a client's eyes done in 60 seconds. I'm not going back and forth to my station because I can hold the stack right in my hand. I've used this stack for bronzer, highlighting underneath the eyes, contouring... you name it. The convenience, the PIGMENT of these colors- I STAN!! I absolutely urge you to have this in your makeup bag. All eyeshadows in this stack are matte, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette $65; this palette is the one I used on my model, Grace (pictured above & in the Beauty section of inthecurls.com). I used this palette on her lids and lips for a matte finish and it came out amazing! Would definitely recommend this to someone who likes her soft blush shades or for the girl who wants a wash of color on the lid. Blowing out shadows like "Secret" "Lace" and "Tickle" can still give you a very neutral, wearable look for school or work. I love this palette because although it looks very pink/red, there are some neutral brown gems in there that can work for the brows, a soft contour, or a smoked out bottom lash. The glitter shadows in this palette are super fun- they have different glitter combos in them which resemble the Mac 3D reflects pigments and I LOVE THOSE so this palette is definitely a win for me. You'd think this palette only works for those with light complexions but I have a regular client who is a creamy chocolate complexion and these shadows pop right out! Did I mention these shadows have jojoba and sunflower wax?! Uhm, ok! Love, love, love.
Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette $39; a staple and the only eyeshadow palette that has rocked with me since it dropped! I use the color "activist" for my brows every day... REALLY. Every damn day... that's legitimately all I use on my brows and I love it. Brush it out with a spooly or an old mascara wand to buff it out and you're good to go! The only downside to this palette is "funny girl" eyeshadow tends to shatter/break extremely easy so be careful. I assume its because of the density from the shimmer... I don't care too much for shimmer on myself so I'm okay with losing that shadow after a while, hah.
Photographer: Shan Benson / @shanbensonstudio / www.shanbensonstudio.com
MUA: Mercedes Gramajo / @inthecurls / www.inthecurls.com
Hair Stylist: Brandon Horsley-Thompson / @b_yourstylist
Model: Grace Farrell / @gracey_elizabethh
Retoucher: Karina Doletskaya / @fototina_doletskaya
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