Bold Eye Shadow for Any Occasion

Updated 11/08/18
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I'm the first to admit that my daily makeup routine tends to veer toward the "no-makeup" makeup look, which consists of minimal foundation and blush and certainly no eyeliner or lipstick. Blame it on laziness or poor time management from hitting that snooze button, but my daily routine is certainly not head-turning.

When the seasons start to change, however, I always feel inspired to shift my makeup routine, opting for richer hues and bit more dramatic look. With the holidays around the corner, I'm using any and all gatherings as an excuse to test out some new looks, specifically, bold pigmented eye shadows. Whether I'm covering my lids in frosty hues or dawning a dark-purple smoky-eye, check out the palettes and colors I plan to experiment with this season.

Pinks and Pastels

It may seem counterintuitive to test out colors so indicative of spring, but pinks, especially when paired with a glossy shine finish, feel very on-trend and fresh for winter. I plan to alternate between frosty shades of green and subtle rosy pinks for a look that's surprisingly striking but not overwhelming. 

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette 12 x 0.038 oz/ 1.1 g
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette $49
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Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Temptation $55
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Aphrodite Eyeshadow Palette
Bad Habit Aphrodite Eyeshadow Palette $14
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Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subversive Metalmorphosis $55
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Eyeshadow Palette 5 7 0.44 oz/ 12.5 g
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette $48
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Desert Oasis Highlighter + Eyeshadow Palette
BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Highlighter + Eyeshadow Palette $22
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Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette Rose Palette
BareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette Rose Palette $29
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Magic Hour Shadow Palette
Ohii Magic Hour Shadow Palette $24
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Bright Colors

Primary colors like blues and red can easily feel a  bit costumey, but when I saw these bold shades on the runway this season I knew I had to give them a try. I'm lining my eyes with cobalt blue and pairing them with a nude lip and volumizing mascara.  

PAT McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subliminal Dark Star $55
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Elements Eyeshadow Palette 19 x 0.03 oz/ 0.9 g
Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette $52
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Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette 16 x 0.03 oz/ 0.9 g
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette $59
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After Charge Eyeshadow Palette
Bad Habit After Charge Eyeshadow Palette $12
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Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette 7 x 0.1 oz/ 2.8 g
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette $54
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The Fun Eyeshadow Palette 0.56 oz
Ciaté London The Fun Eyeshadow Palette $35
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Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette - Precious Stones Collection Sapphire 9 x 0.05 oz/ 1.3 g
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Precious Stones Collection Sapphire $27
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Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette 21 x 0.02 oz/ 0.80 g
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette $49
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Smoky Shadows

Arguably the boldest of all eye shadow looks, a smoky eye is the perfect recipe to make your eye color pop. If you're not ready to don all-black lids, try some of these equally sultry options, like plum or bronze, below.

Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Graphite (Smokey)
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Graphite (Smokey) $58
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Cream Color For Eyes 05 Caviar .17 oz/ 5 mL
Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes $46
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Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette $48
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Chroma Crystal Top Coat - Holiday Full Metal Bronze 0.2 oz/ 6 g
Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Holiday Full Metal Bronze $28
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Luxury Eyeshadow Palette The Dolce Vita 0.18 oz
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette The Dolce Vita $53
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Nudes Nacres Shimmering Nudes Eye Palette 0.21 oz/ 6 g
Givenchy Nudes Nacres Shimmering Nudes Eye Palette $66
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Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Eyeshadow 9 Tadzio 0.06 oz/ 1.75 g
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Eyeshadow $32
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Matte Exposure Palette
Smashbox Matte Exposure Palette $49
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