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The 7 Best Eyeshadow Palettes for Beginners to Eye Makeup


If you’re a makeup newbie, eyeshadow can feel really daunting. Newcomers may feel especially intimidated by eyeshadow singles, as they may not be sure what shadows go together and which shades to place in which parts of their eyelids. That is why eyeshadow palettes are among the best value in the makeup world and are also very user-friendly and in some cases intuitive for new makeup users. If you’re a novice to eyeshadow in general and are just wanting to learn, here are the seven best eyeshadow palettes to consider purchasing as an eyeshadow beginner.


  1. Dito Cosmetics Saturn Shade Palette

The DiTO Cosmetics Saturn Shade Palette is the perfect palette for beginners to eyeshadow and makeup in general because it comes with nine pans of eyeshadow that are all complementary and are user-friendly. Additionally, this palette contains all the finishes one would need to complete a basic eye look: neutral matte shade for the base and crease, satin, and shimmer.


  1. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette rings true to its promise of a naked neutral flushed look. It comes with a large number of shadows but the pans are not so large that it appears daunting to a newcomer. Additionally, this palette comes with a nice-quality brush and a large, clear mirror to make for an easy beginner’s eyeshadow application.


  1. E.l.f. Bite Size Palettes

The E.l.f. Bite-Size Palettes are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and come in analogous color schemes that are beginner-friendly and high-quality. Additionally, most of the color stories feature both mattes and shimmers and have a very clear interface: there are mattes for the crease and base shades, as well as satins for the inner corner of your eyelid and glitters for the center.


  1. Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palette

The Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palettes also come in sets of four shades that are made to work together and blend seamlessly for an easy, flawless look. These palettes are great for beginners who have a bit more cash to spend but want to treat themselves and their eyelids to a luze experience that promises easy application and blendability.


  1. Maybelline City Mini Palette in Rooftop Bronzes

The Maybelline City Mini Palette in Rooftop Bronzes is the perfect mix of shimmer neutrals that will compliment any eye color or eye shape. This is a palette that may appeal to beginners because of its low price tag and high performance. Additionally, all colors in this palette are easy to work with and can be paired up for a dramatic look or worn alone for an everyday sparkle on the eyes.


  1. Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Similar to some of the other nude palettes on this list, Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette is very user friendly for makeup novices because of its color scheme and selection of finishes. Additionally, each colorway of this palette comes with a pop of color, like a pale shimmery lilac or a dusty mauve creamy shadow, that will challenge the makeup beginner to think outside the box when formulating their looks.


  1. Roen 11:11 Eyeshadow Palette

The Roen 11:11 eyeshadow palette is a beautiful quad palette consisting of four cool-toned neutral shimmery shades with a creamy texture. These shades are great beginner shades because they can be dabbed on with just a finger all over the lid for a perfectly undone look. Plus, no need to spend extra money on brushes.