Best New Smoky Eye Palettes
by Cinya Burton
Published Dec 30, 2011
Few makeup looks are sexier than a classic smoky eye. The nighttime staple is always in style no matter the season or soirée. But creating a dark, runway-ready effect—without ending up with raccoon eyes!—is a delicate process. Beauties, we know many of you are planning to rock the sultry, statement look (like Meredith J., above) for this New Year's Eve. Having the right palette will save you tons of time and create professional-level results. So we rounded up our Top 3 smoky eye kits.
Going from day to night? Whether you’re opting for the classic charcoal ombré look, subtle wearable neutrals, or even a cool colorful effect, this kit has all the range of shades you could need. Plus, the nine shadow palette ($36) even comes with fantastic step-by-step instruction cards for beginners.
If you’re looking for an easy tool for creating a simple effect, try this three-shadow mini palette ($48). The tiny kit—which is a favorite of celebrity makeup artists—contains sparkling black, grey, and silver hues and is perfect for stashing in your tote for touch-ups.
Dark and lovely! This stunning palette includes rich pigments of dark purple and deep navy, which are ideal for creating the trendy blue-based effect. Plus, the shimmering black shadow will add glitz and glamour to your look without appearing like you piled on the glitter.