While, yes, the holiday season calls for sparkle, that doesn't mean those makeup minimalists out there have to take the backseat. If your taste involves more neutral and matte shades, you have lots of gorgeous subdued hues to choose from with the top winter eyeshadow palettes. With these celebrity makeup artist-approved palettes you can create everything from a dramatic smokey-eye to an everyday lid that will make you look put together for your Zoom meetings.
With everyone wearing a mask, Benjamin Puckey, a London-based makeup artist who works with celebrities like Lucy Boynton and Christy Turlington Burns, says that this winter is the perfect opportunity to be more adventurous with your eye makeup by trying new colors and more defined smokey looks. In his kit, he always has a good selection of warm toned nude palettes stocked for winter, but also enjoys experimenting with blues, purples, and various shimmer shades. "If you’re afraid of bold color, but want to try something new, choose a color in a shimmery finish since this will apply more transparently," the makeup artist suggests. "If you apply brighter shades closer to the lash line they give a fun, yet discreet pop of color."
Stop what you're doing and clear some room in your makeup drawer, because you'll want to add in a few of these 15 new (and cult-classic) winter eyeshadow palettes.
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Puckey says NARS is releasing lots of beautiful eyeshadow palettes this year, but be aware that they sell out fast. "One of their new palettes that I love is their Orgasm X Eyeshadow Palette because of the classic “Orgasm” like peachy shimmer shades combined with the matte dusty pink and blackened red shimmer," he says. "You can keep it super natural, or amp it up with the deep shimmer shade when you’re feeling adventurous."
Tasha Reiko Brown, a Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist, who works with Alicia Keys and Tracee Ellis Ross, says Lawless' The One Eyeshadow Palette works for any occasion. "[It] includes staple neutrals and also brighter bold shades in matte, velvet, and shimmer textures, so with this one palette you’re good to go," the makeup artist says. "[It] also includes a true black eyeshadow that can be used with an angle brush for a winged liner effect, skipping shadow all together."
Jaleesa Jaikaran, an editorial makeup artist in New York, says Aether Beauty's Amethyst Crystal Gemstone Palette offers a mix of mattes, shimmers, and metallics. "It caters to every mood in one palette which Is why I love it," she notes. "There is color, but they are muted enough to wear for everyday looks."
Reiko Brown is a fan of Chanel's Les 4 Ombres in Warm Memories come winter. "[It has] lovely shades of deep rose that warm up the eyes and work well with bright berry or deep maroon lips as they are in the same shade family," she says. "Accentuating the eyes while keeping the look tonal is a winter favorite for me."