How To Mix It Up Between Eyeshadow Palettes

As you all know, I love a good eyeshadow palette. They're pretty, offer good value,  and hen I'm in my morning rush, nothing makes getting ready easier than grabbing the palette closest to me and slapping on a couple of colors to be good to go. Eyeshadow palettes are great as they do all the work for you by presenting you with an array of predefined, coordinating options, but they can also make you easily fall into a rut where you just wear those same combinations all the time. I'm certainly guilty of this trap as I rarely wear colors across multiple palettes, so I thought I'd try to dig myself out of this rut.

Most of my palettes, as evidenced by my recent palette collection post, are made up of neutrals, so that makes it both easy to mix and match them, but harder to create anything that different from my normal look.

Of course, one way to solve this color rut problem is to depot all your shadows into a large open palette, but personally, I'm lazy and also for the non-makeup obsessed, it's unlikely that they would go to that sort of trouble. So for those people and lazy people like me, here are some tips I thought of that anyone looking to think outside of the palette (box) can do:
  • take cues from nature - nature is the ultimate color combiner and generally what works in nature, will work for you. Combinations like pink and greens, blue and purples, gold and blacks or dark browns, all occur in nature and while they sound super dramatic, you can tone them up or down depending on how bright or vibrant your shadows are
  • pay attention to finishes - besides color, an important factor to pay attention to is whether the shadows you're mixing are matte, shimmery, or glittery. It's a good rule of thumb to keep your highlight and base colors on the more shimmery side if you have to, while pairing them with a matte crease shade
  • keep it in the family - don't go nuts when mixing palettes and use one that has primarily cool tones with one that is more warm, or by trying to mix a rainbow bright palette with one that is more muted. The easiest way to mix palettes is to choose pairs that are kinda similar so your resulting look is cohesive, instead of manic.
To try these tips out myself, I chose to use my Lise Watier Rivages palette alongside my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. Both offer warm neutrals that are a mix of shimmer and satin shades that I thought would pair well together.

urban decay naked 3 eye shadow palette
Urban Decay Naked 3

Lise Watier limited edition Rivages eyeshadow palette
Lise Watier Rivages 

To get this look:
  1. Smooth out with a velvety primer base, such as The Body Shop's Instablur All-in-One Tinted Concealer + Primer all over lids and under-eye
  2. Apply a light pink base shadow all over lid - I'm using the bottom pink shade from the Lise Watier Rivages
  3. Next, take a fluffy shadow brush and apply Urban Decay Naked 3's Limit from lash line to well above the crease
  4. Apply the mossy green tone from the Lise Watier Rivages to the outer third of the lid as a fun accent color
  5. Bring light to the eyes by applying a gold shimmer shade like Trick from the Naked 3 to the centre of lid
  6. Add more light to eyes by applying a creamy ivory, such as Strange from the Naked 3 to the inner corners and brow bone
  7. Lastly, line the lower lash line with Limit
Finish things off with lots of mascara and liner if you wish.

how to mix and match colors across eye shadow palettes featuring Urban Decay Naked 3 and Lise Watier Rivages palette

how to mix and match colors across eye shadow palettes featuring Urban Decay Naked 3 and Lise Watier Rivages palette

I've always loved the mix of matte and shimmer between the shades Limit and Trick and it's a look I've done before when I want to look soft and pretty. The new addition of the green from the Rivages palette adds a subtle new twist to this tried-and-true look that makes it look refreshed and a bit of a daytime smoky eye!


I hope you enjoyed this eye look! Please let me know what your tips are for mixing and matching new color combos from your eyeshadow collection!





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