With party season just around the corner, trying to come up with an easy makeup look can feel impossible. Not sure where to start? It's time to check out these must-have eye shadow palettes. Whether you're rocking an old LBD or a sparkly new cocktail dress, these three palettes will make your eyes pop and enhance your look for the holidays.
1. MAC Snowglobe Eye Shadows in Cool
Nothing spices up eveningwear quite like a dark, smoky eye. This palette by MAC contains six sultry shadows—from deep greys to frosty blues— that blend together for the ideal winter look.
Start by packing the lightest violet shade ("Idol Eyes") across the lid and up to the crease line with a traditional eye shadow brush. Then, with a fluffy brush, dab the outer corners of your lids with the royal blue color ("Set to Dance"), sweeping the brush into your crease line and creating a windscreen-wiping motion. Line your eyes with "Illegal Cargo," the charcoal color, and finish by lightly dusting the frosty white shade over the whole eye for a lighter, icy effect.
$38 at maccosmetics.com
2. Dior Eye Palette
If dark eye shadow isn't really you, lighten things up with this holiday palette from Dior. The limited edition, tweed container comes with smoky beige and brown shadows, a shimmery ivory shadow, and a creamy brown liner for a more classic look.
For optimal results, begin by dusting the ivory color just below your eyebrows until you've reached the top of your crease. Next, lightly sweep the tan shimmer evenly across your lids, up to the crease, where to two shades will meet. Then, with the same basic shadow brush, dab the bronze color close to your lash line and midway up your lid, creating a layered effect. Lastly, line your upper and lower lash lines with the creamy, chocolate brown liner to bring out the blended colors.
$46 at Bloomingdales
3. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette
For the girl who wouldn't dream of hitting the dance floor without a little bedazzlement, this is the ideal holiday palette. Bobbi Brown has put together a mix of four super sparkly shadows: a rosy pink, silver, plum, and charcoal plum, perfect for the glam girl.
Because these shadows are so potent in pigment and sparkle, we suggest using them in moderation. Allow one single shade, like the plum, to do the talking by dabbing it across the lid up to the crease line and leaving it at that. Alternatively, dab the rose color midway up the lid then, use a blending brush to apply the silver shadow, in a swirling motion, up to the brow line.
$45 at bobbibrowncosmetics.com