I think I’ve talked enough about how much I love a minimal,
no-makeup makeup look. I’m not the type of person who has the patience or the energy to spend hours painstakingly creating an intricate makeup look, so more often than not, I like to keep it pretty simple. that means some concealer (or foundation if I need a bit more cover-up), mascara, and blush. And on the rare occasions I want to take it up a notch, I do all three plus some highlighter, eyeliner, and eye shadow.
And when it comes to
eye shadows, you can find me gravitating towards neutrals and nudes instead of bright and bolder hues. These palettes are ones that get a lot of usage because they’re so versatile—they work for just about any look and occasion. Trust me, when you buy a nude eye shadow palette, it practically pays for itself.
If you’re into the minimal makeup look, you’re going to need one of these palettes. Take a look at some options below.
Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are downright legendary in the beauty world. This version features golden neutrals for a warm look.
This talc-free eye shadow palette is also infused with jojoba seed oil to moisturize the skin and vitamin E to reduce free radical damage.
At under $10, this palette is a total steal. The 12 colors range from beiges to sands to bronzes to taupes. It also has over 20,000 ratings and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Charlotte Tilbury’s nude palette is a curated collection of six easy-to-wear shadows. It features both warm and cool shades that have a lightweight, matte finish.
Tarte’s palette is a best seller that combines 12 matte and shimmery shades for mixing and matching.
Here’s another affordable palette. The richly-pigmented powders all work well together so you can create a variety of looks.
Containing some really pretty neutrals, this palette will work well on a variety of skin tones.
This quartet from Covergirl features sheer nude hues that glide on and blend effortlessly. The compact palette is easy to travel with, too.
Each eye shadow here is smudge-proof and long-lasting. There are ones with matte finishes and others with a shimmery finish, so you can mix and match and even use them to highlight or line the eyes.
You can also use the shadows in this palette as liners and highlighters, so consider it a 3-in-1 product. There are a variety of finishes included: matte, satin, and shimmer.
Create everything from a natural look to a smokey eye to something that’s sultry and bold with this five-eye shadow palette. These shades all have a slight blush tone to them.
There are 10 highly-pigmented shades to play with here—and they range from satin to matte to shimmery finishes. A dual-sided brush is included with a foam side for application and bristle end for blending.
Sometimes all you need is a streamlined palette, and this one from Tom Ford has all the essentials with four complementary shades. The shadows have gorgeous finishes and leave such rich color.
The warm-toned neutrals in this set range from ivory to beige to bronze to chestnut brown.
If you’re looking for a lot of options, well, this mega palette will do the trick. There are 45 (yes, 45) shades here, from browns to golds, and mattes to shimmers.
This medium-sized brush works well on pressed powders and is really good for layering.
The angled shape of this brush is supposed to mimic your fingertip so you have better control.
Fenty Beauty’s brush is extra fluffy and is designed to create a soft-focus effect.
You can use this absorbent brush on both wet and dry products.
Use this highly rated brush to apply and layer. The bristles are made of high-grade synthetic fibers for better application and no potential allergic reactions. Next: Here’s How Makeup Artists Achieve Flawless Eye Shadow Looks Every Damn Time