So you’ve decided to take your makeup to the next level and add some sparkle to your eyes? If you’re new to the realm of eyeshadow, we understand that picking out that first eyeshadow palette can be intimidating. With so many options out there, it’s hard to decide which one to go for, and what colours are easiest to wear for beginners.
We’re going to help make your job easy. Here are 16 beginner-friendly palettes (tips included!) to help you get started, starting from the most affordable option available.
1. NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Shadow Palette
When it comes to quality drugstore makeup, NYX takes the cake for having an array of quality products. For starters, it’s good to have a palette that has a mix of matte and shimmer shades, and NYX’s Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals offers just that. With 16 shades ranging from neutrals to plums, this palette makes a great first palette for you to have fun with!
DV Tip: Apply shimmer shades all over or in the centre of the lids and use the matte shades in your crease, above it, or under your bottom lashes to blend the colours together!
2. Nature Republic Pro Touch Color Master Shadow Palette
If you are feeling adventurous and want to experiment with many different colours, you have to check out Nature Republic’s most popular eyeshadow palette.
With thirty (!) colours and three finishes to choose from, you can create various eye makeup looks as you master the art of applying eyeshadow. For those just starting out, you can go with the ‘safer’ brown shades, and then eventually work your way up with bolder accents using the red colours. All these with just one palette – what a steal!
Where to get it: Shopee at SGD27.
3. L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude
Another recommended palette from the drugstore has got to be this nude palette from L’Oreal Paris, which comes in Beige or Rose. For more neutral shades, the La Palette Nude in Beige is your definite go-to.
It’s been compared to the famous Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette – but a lot more affordable. So before you decide to splurge on the latter, why not experiment some looks with this one first if you are still a beginner to eyeshadow?
DV Tip: Check out four simple step-by-step tutorials we’ve created to help you achieve different looks with this palette.
4. Etude House Play Colour Eyes #Caffeine Holic (Coffee to Go)
Brown is usually regarded as the safest and easiest eyeshadow colour to start off with for beginners. Hence, any beginner to eyeshadow should definitely add Etude House’s Play Colour Eyes #Caffeine Holic (Coffee to Go) in their collection. This palette contains ten varying shades of brown, which closely resemble brown coffee, hence the apt name.
To add some oomph to an otherwise basic look, there are five glitter and shimmer textures that you can play with as well. It is easy to get a smooth application without too intense a colour payoff, making this easy to manage even if you are not adept at blending yet.
Where to get it: Etude House at SGD35.90.
5. CLIO Pro Eye Palette
CLIO’s newest Pro Eye Palette comes in three different variations for you to choose from – pink, brown, and coral. Each palette contains a mix of ten basic shades and trendy colours for you to practise with. You can get all three palettes if you want more shades to work with, especially if you are not sure which colours work on you.
These eyeshadows are easy to apply and blend, even for beginners. Even if you don’t have an eyeshadow brush yet, you can simply use your fingers to apply the base colours around the eye area, then apply the glitter for point makeup.
Where to get it: Shopee at SGD38.76
6. Zoeva Naturally Yours
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If you haven’t checked out any of Zoeva’s eyeshadows, walk into Sephora and swatch them right away! Zoeva has a range of palettes that are known for its buttery textures and affordable price. There are plenty of themed palettes to pick out, but we recommend the Naturally Yours palette for more basic colour options.
DV Tip: If you’re willing to spend a little more for additional shades in one palette, you may want to check out the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette.
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD39
7. Too Faced Natural Matte
If you’re not ready to get creative with multiple shades on your lids, you may want to opt for the Too Faced Natural Eyes palettes, which come with a manual that suggests several eyeshadow combos. The Natural Matte palette is great for creating simple yet sultry looks. Check out the following tutorial from Kathleen Lights!
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD53
8. Stila Matte ‘n Metal Eyeshadow Palette
If browns and darker neutrals aren’t for you, try this mauve-themed palette to create soft, daily looks. For under SGD60, you get 12 shades in total – six mattes and six shimmers. They may not be as pigmented as other brands, which makes room for you to slowly build up the intensity if you’re just starting out with eyeshadows!
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD69
6. The Balm Nude Dude
Don’t mind the name and graphics, but this palette has colour choices that are appropriate for eyeshadow newbies. Its 12 versatile shades include both mattes and shimmers, which can be used to create natural to smokey eye looks that would suit almost any skin tone.
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD71.90
10. Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette
In comparison to the original Tartelette palette, Tarte’s Tartelette In Bloom offers a better range of light to dark shades. It notably has more shimmer than the first one, which gives you more options for an all-over shimmer on your lids. With softer matte shades, this palette would be good for you to have a go at blending your eyeshadow with different shades as transition.
DV Tip: Check out this basic eyeshadow tutorial by Shannon Harris a.k.a. Shaaanxo on Youtube!
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD72
8. Kat Von D Shade + Light – Eye Contour Palette
No other palette doubles up as an eyeshadow and contouring palette better than the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. In a review, Kathleen Lights noted that the colours will come off as “bold” and “intense”, so remember to use them with a light hand!
Despite the intensity of the eyeshadows, the colours on the palette are generally basic shades (with browns and black and white shades), which makes it one of the best eyeshadow palettes for beginners who prefer neutral but bold looks.
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD73
12. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette
This is a neutral palette with 14 shades ranging from warm and cool mattes to glamorous shimmers – perfect if you just started out and are still trying to create a look that suits you.
The highly-pigmented, easy-to-blend formula is well-loved by beauty junkies, and we are sure they will be very useful for any makeup amateur. Plus, the palette includes a dual-ended brush and large mirror in travel-friendly packaging, so you can bring this along while travelling to create the perfect travel photos!
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD75.
13. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes
These palettes smell as amazing as they look! The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is a popular must-have palette for any beauty lover. The semi-sweet version has more browns and neutrals than the original chocolate bar palette, which has more colours that may be too bold for even amateur makeup enthusiasts looking for a beginner-friendly eyeshadow palette.
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD76
14. Urban Decay Naked Palettes
This list would not be complete without the glorious mother of all eyeshadow palettes – the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Dubbed as “The iPhone of Makeup” by Forbes, the Naked palettes do not only offer some of the best quality, but also the best shade combinations that are essential for every occasion.
For a first palette, the Naked 1 and 3 are the most recommended for having the best selection of shades. There are endless tutorials with these palettes on Youtube, so have fun recreating the looks!
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD83
DV Tip: Watch DV review Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette and create looks with it!
15. NARS Skin Deep Eyeshadow Palette
Worried that you can’t find a eyeshadow palette suited to your skin tone? This palette from NARS will definitely dispel those fears.
The Skin Deep Eyeshadow Palette has a wonderful range of subtle and smokey eyeshadow shades with a silky finish and high colour payoff that most beauty junkies dream of. You can opt to wear just one shade for a simple, everyday style, or mix & blend for the ultimate #makeupinspo. No one will believe that you are new to using eyeshadow!
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD90.
16. Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette
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Swatches by @makeupbykay_19 ❤️❤️❤️ SWIPE left to see the gorgeous eye makeup she created using the #hudabeautynewnude palette @hudabeautyshop Repost @makeupbykay_19 I’m obsessed with the shimmer shades in the #HudabeautyNewNude Palette 🌸 They’re so beautiful @hudabeautyshop
Nudes are the top choice when it comes to beginner shades, but they don’t necessarily have to be boring. The New Nude Palette by Huda Beauty makes nude sexy (pun intended!) to wear again, with super versatile and wearable shades for you to express yourself with.
With 18 highly-pigmented shades in variations of mattes and shimmers for you to try out, you will absolutely love how flattering every shade looks on you, no matter your skill level.
Where to get it: Sephora at SGD100.