The 8 Easiest Eye Shadow Palettes to Use

Eye shadow is one of the products that can instantly transform you: A ‘pop’ of color, standout eyes and a bolder look seems like a no-brainer for an all-around more put-together appearance. But, if you haven’t expertly mastered the application of eye shadow (especially when it comes to blending colors), it can start to look more garish than good. So, next time you start questioning your abilities, try one of these can’t-get-it-wrong palettes, perfect for even the most eye shadow–challenged.


Stila Nouveau Natural Eye Shadow Palette

Curated by Stila’s global executive director of creative artistry, Sarah Lucero, these 12 warm shades were selected specifically to create a look that was inspired by “backstage beauty,” but still totally natural for everyday, non-runway wear. (There’s also a really easy-to-follow color-coded booklet inside that’s a no-brainer for getting your desired look.) $49,


Urban Decay NAKED2 Basics

Cooler in tone than the original, this palette comes with six taupe-hued matte neutrals—along with one slightly satiny shade that you add on top for instant highlighting and dimension. $29,


FLOWER Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad

Making the foray into non-neutrals can be a bit scary for eye shadow novices. This new Eye-Sea-You palette houses a playful jewel-colored turquoise shade that somehow manages to look totally on trend—not totally ’80s—even if it’s going way beyond your normal shade spectrum. $10,


Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner

It’s not a palette, but this so-easy-to-apply pen is about as mistake-proof as you can get. Smooth it over the lid or lash line (just do a quick swipe and smudge with your finger) for long-lasting, pigment-rich color that has just the perfect amount of shimmer. $32,


Laura Geller The Wearables

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With an ingredient lineup that helps moisturize delicate eyelid skin and even offers antioxidant protection, these high-impact hues apply like a powder but feel like a cream. Once you gain the confidence in your application skills, try applying them wet for even more color payoff.


L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude

Whether you are going for natural or dramatic, this range of shadows can create an endless number of eye looks, as each palette includes neutral shadows that complement every skin tone. $20,


Circa Beauty Color Focus Eyeshadow Palette

These easy-to use, coordinated palettes contain three true-to-color pressed powder pigments that provides buildable, smudge-proof color that looks incredibly sophisticated. $12,


Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Another non-palette contender that is too fantastically foolproof to pass up, this multitasking makeup is a liner, highlighter and shadow all in one stick that lasts all day and never creases. $28,