June 6, 2016
Ah, warm-toned makeup. It doesn’t take a MUA (that’s makeup artist in YouTube speak) to figure out that warm, bronzy hues are the easiest way to pulling off easy, breezy, beautiful – plus they work great on a variety of skin tones, cool-undertoned folk included. This season, leave your lip colour experimentation aside and let your eyes come into their own. From bright coral looks to shimmery, bronzed smokey eyes, to luscious burgundy lids suitable for the wildest of GNOs, we’ve found the best orangey eyeshadow palettes to help you finally nail warm-toned makeup.
ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Palette
$32.99, available at Sephora
We’ll start off easy with this chocolate-hued palette. The ten shades revolve mainly around brown tones, so they’re perfect for the beginner who’s afraid to progress too far from everyday neutrals, but still wants a little room to experiment. Dip into the rich russet shade in the second row, third from the left – our go-to colour for playing up a safer orange eye.
KATE Forming Edge Eyes
$23.50, available at Watsons
It can’t get more straightforward than this – three deep orangey tones in an eyeshadow-for-dummies gradient that’ll help you achieve quick, neat warm eyes. Foolproof, really.
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette
$39.90, available at smoochiezz.com
We’re zeroing in on the beautiful cranberry shades in this 20-tone palette, which add a welcome berry flush to the original Revealed palette. You’ll be surprised at how naturally brick red settles into your crease for a deep, dramatic orangey eye. There’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers available – perfect for creating a whole bunch of combinations to switch it up, every day of the week.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow 1 Palette
$72, available at Sephora
If you haven’t already guessed, the star colour in every warm-toned palette is the coppery rust-toned red that straddles orange and brown, in the prettiest way. The other eight shades complement it beautifully, and give you the option of going rosy gold any time you want. Definitely the priciest of the lot; but then again we’ve all heard about Make Up For Ever’s stellar pigmentation.
THEBALM Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette
$71.90, available at Sephora
From light nudes to dark shimmery plums, these twelve *full-bodied* shadows cover the essentials of basic eye makeup, and glittery earth tones for an added oomph. And anyway, nothing like Nude Dudes to make a woman feel good about herself, aye.
Morphe 350 Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette
US$22.99, available at morphebrushes.com
Behold: the palette to end all warm-toned palette woes. With a whopping 35 shades, it’s a done deal that you’ll be spoilt for choice when you try and figure out where to begin, every morning. And the colour gradient is anything but random – the pots go from day-appropriate light neturals to nighttime smokeys, to flirty rose golds and even bold, graphic oranges. Still, you’re bound to find a few favourite hues.
At such a good price point, though, it’s no surprise that the palette is constantly out of stock. Wait for the next restock (quite regularly, we’re told) or spring for our next pick – the Koffee Eyeshadow Palette, which switches out the shocking oranges for a more glitzy set of silvers.