Truth be told, I was once afraid of eye shadow. After receiving a multi-coloured makeup palette for my 12th birthday, I experimented the only way I knew how – which resulted in a makeup look vaguely reminiscent of Steven King’s It.
In order to forget my past eye shadow transgressions, I tend to keep it simple these days. I’m a fan of warm golden tones that can be easily suited to day or night. Plus (full disclosure), neutral tones are pretty hard to screw up, especially considering the two (sometimes drastically) different ways makeup seems to manifest itself: how it looks in the mirror at home, and how it looks when you step out on the street. I’ve learned that with some skillful application it can be possible to minimize the difference between the two…
Once I learned the importance of things like blending and the less-is-more approach to application, my fear of eye makeup quickly diminished.
Although you may be tempted to get the most bang for your buck by purchasing an eyeshadow palette that features every shade under the sun, it may be best to refrain. In my experience, even though I had many shades available, I’d only really use a select few.
NYX Natural Palette | $7.50
My current go-to for budget-friendly neutrals is NYX’s answer to the Urban Decay Naked Palette, the Natural Palette. Retailing for $7.50, it provides a number of neutral eye makeup options that can easily be used day or night. I add the charcoal shade to the crease of my eyelid, blending outwards to add a bit of drama to my eye look.
Almay Intense i-Colour Bold Nudes Eyeshadow Kit | $9.99
Another of my favourite eye shadow palettes comes from Almay. Its eye-colour based palettes are basically the makeup Coles Notes. If you’re not sure about the best shades to bring out your eye colour, the fine folks at Almay have you covered. The $9.99 price tag doesn’t hurt, either.
What are some of your favourite budget-friendly eyeshadow palettes? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.