Over the years I’ve grown to love the convenience of a good eyeshadow palette. Looking back, I don’t even know why I bothered to invest in eyeshadow singles. Palettes are easy to store, travel friendly and are most cost effective in the long run. However, there’s one major downfall to eye shadow palettes. Usually there will always be a hand full of colors that you won’t use and inevitable will be wasted. I made it my duty to find other ways to use some of my favorite neutral eyeshadow palettes.
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One of my favorite neutral eyeshadow palettes is The Warrior from Juvia’s Place. After having it for a few months and using mainly 3 of the 9 colors, I challenged myself to venture out to the other shades…by any means necessary. In efforts to get more bang out of my buck I discovered 6 ways to use The Warrior Palette (which you can try with some other neutral eyeshadow palette–recommendations at the end of this post)
1. The obvious…as eyeshadow
The best way to put any eyeshadow to use is by using it for what it was intended for. Naturally you’ll have your go-to shades but it’s okay to play around to discover some new favorites–even if you’re just doing your makeup to go to instagram.
2. To fill in your brows
Most eyeshadow palettes come with a brown or variety of brown shades intended for smokey eyes or crease colors. Additionally, these are perfect to fill in your brows. In my Juvia’s Place The Warrior eyeshadow palette, I love using the shade”Mino” to fill in my brows
3. Use neutral shimmer shades as highlighter
In most cases, a shimmer eyeshadow doubles as a great highlighter. Don’t be afraid to play around with these to enhance your glow. From The Warrior Palette, I typically use Moremi or Amina as a highlight but I can pretty much use every shimmer shade in the palette as a highlighter.
4. Use brown shades as bronzer
Before I discovered bronzers that actually work for women of color, I used brown eyeshadows. I would recommend playing around with brown shadows in a neutral eyeshadow palette if you can’t find a good bronzer or just want to get more bang from your buck from and avoid buying bronzers in general.
5. Use even deeper brown shades to contour
Similar to bronzer, the deeper brown shades in a neutral eyeshadow palette are perfect contour powders. Just be a bit light handed so your contour doesn’t look too dramatic.
If you need help finding a goof neutral (everyday) eyeshadow palette, here are 5 for you to try.
Try: Anastasia Beverly Hills, $45
Try: ItsMyRayeRaye Palette by BH Cosmetics,
Try: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam, $42
Try: E.L.F. New Classics Eyeshadow Palette, $14