Eyeshadow palettes are a must-have beauty accessory for a reason. Unlike purchasing a single pan eyeshadow, a palette enables you to create multiple looks with just one product. There's a reason why they're one of the most popular items here at Frends Beauty.
However, there is no such thing as an eyeshadow palette that is perfect for every occasion. (Although, if you ever hear of one, let us know and we'll stock it immediately!) Indeed, some palettes are better for creating neutral looks, while others are better for creating dramatic looks for a night out.
To help you make it through this upcoming holiday season flawlessly, we've created this simple guide to tell you which palette works best for just about any occasion.
The Situation: You Need To Go Straight From Work To The Holiday Office Party
The Solution: The Lorac Unzipped Palette
Plenty of "nude" palettes claim to be perfect for that everyday neutral look, but in reality are far too sparkly and dramatic for the average woman's office style. Lorac's Unzipped palette, however, really delivers on its promise of creating a neutral eye. These satiny and smooth neutral colors will help you to create a subdued look that is just smokey enough to carry you from a day at the office to some happy hour celebrating with your coworkers.
The Situation: You're Doing Some Serious Holiday Shopping With Your Mom
The Solution: The Natural Shadow Palette by NYX
A day of shopping doesn't call for a super smokey or dramatic eye. If you're hitting up the mall with Mom to get those much-needed holiday gifts, do a neutral and demure eye with the NYX Natural Shadow Palette. The palette offers hues that are on the lighter side, so you won't look overdone when you're doing some serious retail battle to get that last copy of the video game that your boyfriend is dying to score.
The Situation: You're Hitting Up A Nightclub With Your Best Girls
The Solution: Gorgeous Cosmetics 8 Pan Neon Palette
When we think of "holiday party looks," we almost all tend to visualize a ruby red lip paired with a demure but slightly smoked-out eye. While this look works for many of the parties you'll hit up in the month of December, it's a bit too Lauren Conrad for a night of clubbing with your best girls. Mix up the traditional holiday look by going with a neon eye and nude lips. While it certainly wouldn't work for Christmas dinner with grandma, it's a flawless and unexpected look for a wintery night out on the town.
The Situation: You're Going To A Holiday Bash That's Not Quite A Relaxed Shindig, But Not An Over-The-Top Rager, Either
The Solution: Gorgeous Cosmetics 4 Pan in Hollywood Smokey Eyes
Not all parties fall into the clear category of "casual get together" or "someone is definitely ending the evening with a lampshade on their head." For those in-between holiday bashes, you can never go wrong with a glossy nude lip and a smokey eye built on blacks and shimmery grays. This palette is perfect for an editorial, high fashion-inspired dark smokey eye.
The Situation: A Holiday Party With The Whole Family
The Solution: NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk Til Dawn
You don't want to stand out like a sore thumb while grandpa is lighting the menorah candles, but you also don't want that certain cousin to ask you if you "just came from work." The solution for a family bash is a subdued but shimmery look that will make you look glitzy enough for the holidays, but not so done up that grandma needs her inhaler. Use the Dusk Til Dawn palette to wash your lids with a shimmery but neutral cream color, then smoke out your outer corners with a bit of the stunning dark purple shade.
The Situation: A Holiday Dinner Party With Friends
The Solution: NYX Love in Paris Parisian Chic Palette (With a Strong Red Lip!)
We won't tell your Aunt Lynn that you feel a lot more relaxed rockin' around the Christmas tree with your friends than you do with the whole fam. A holiday party with friends calls for a very subtle eye, which can easily be done with the Parisian Chic palette. To offset the simple eyes, opt for a perfect-for-the-holidays bold red lip. We personally love the Ben Nye Lustrous Lipstick in "Red Coat" for holiday glam.
The Situation: A Romantic Wintery Dinner Date With The Bae
The Solution: The Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Spirit
A date with that special someone can be tricky. You don't want to freak out your man with an over-the-top smokey eye, but a simple eye and red lipstick are a definite no-no if getting under the mistletoe is on the table. Find a happy medium by creating a smokey eye with brown hues instead of dramatic blacks and grays. This Stila palette is perfect for that. Pair with a pink lipstick and tons of mascara for a romantic, doe-eyed holiday look.
The Situation: You're Beating The Holiday Hustle and Bustle By Having A Netflix and Chill Night All By Your Lonesome
The Solution: Are you kidding us? This is definitely a no makeup kinda night.
During the stress of the holiday season, it's always awesome to take a night to unwind and just kick back with you, yourself and some Netflix. A night like this requires absolutely no makeup whatsoever. Instead, give your skin some TLC with the Dermalogica Ultracalming Relief Masque. It's perfect for revitalizing your skin after a month of non-stop parties, dates and outings.
No matter what type of look you need to create for any of your holidays events, we here at Frends Beauty have you covered. Today is the best day to create an account and save 10% on your next order. Whether you need to re-stock your own makeup arsenal to get ready for party season or need to pick up some gifts for those special people in your life, we have you covered!