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Shadow Update: Choosing an Eye Palette

Eye shadow is used to compliment your eye color and brighten your eye. An eye shadow palette makes it simple. Whether you prefer a ready-made quad or customize your own, you want to be able to actually USE all of the product.

GET A RANGE: The palette that contains a good mix of complimentary colors and textures is ideal. A light and dark shade, a neutral and one with a bit of shimmer is perfect.

STICK TO THE BASICS: A neutral palette is great for everyday. You can incorporate pops of color from a separate shadow or liner. Another must have is the smoky palette for a smoldering look.

LAYER IT ON: Balance is key when you focus on your eyes. When applying a bold shade on the lid, soften the color by blending a neutral shade in the crease and use a matte shadow to accent the brow bone.

TONE IT DOWN: Spring trends call for pops of color. Opt for a bold color as liner instead of applying it all over your lid. You can wet an angled brush for staying power and precision. Or mix it with a neutral color to soften the intensity.

Check This Out!
Ready Made Versions: L'OREAL Paris Studio Secrets Color Smokes Eye Shadow in Lavendar Smokes/$5.99 or smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow/$28.

Create Your Own Versions: shu uemura Custom Palette/$9 Duo case or $14 Quad case -- Each shade is $15 (includes pressed liners). Also try MAC Cosmetics Pro Palettes. Available cases start at $7 for duos and quads. The case for 15 shadows is $16.00 and each refill is $11.50. Both sites feature a cool 'drag-and-drop' tool.

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