In the spirit of all things autumn and eyeshadow palettes, I wanted to share some custom palette ideas for the season — it’s definitely more challenging (and pushes me creatively) when it it’s about creating a much larger, cohesive color story. I don’t know if there’s every a time where I’ll be over greens and muted neutrals. Here are seven color stories I’d have loved to have seen released! I ended up doing digital mockups through Photoshop first, and then going through and finding real shades that fit what I was envisioning.
Remember — the purpose here is inspire you to pull out some of the shades you already own. There’s absolutely NO WAY! I would ever recommend or expect that one goes out and purchases all these single eyeshadows. 😜
About This Series
Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate brow bone or additional transitional shade based on skin tone. I know that I tend to use more like five or six shades in a typical look, but I think that four is a happy medium to give a good idea of the “core” color scheme of a look while giving you the ability to lighten/darken as desired. I have listed the colors in this order: inner lid, middle of lid, outer lid/crease, and crease/above crease.
You might see combinations that seem slightly repeated but placement will vary (e.g. a halo placement where the lightest and more shimmery shade is placed on the center) as placement can also create a different effect/look! You might also want to consider incorporating your favorite matte/shimmer shades (as applicable) to increase the versatility of certain palettes. Consider these ideas a jumping off point!