Although eyeshadow is now synonymous with palettes, many of us grew up with single shadows being our introduction to makeup. Still to this day, single shadows are my little nuggets of gold. With beautiful formulas, unique colours and distinct textures, single shadows can help manipulate a look or give it a special spark. Here are my favourites…
‘WARM TAUPE’ BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
Even though taupes are rarely featured in palettes nowadays, it’s an essential shade in my collection. As I have fair skin, this is a fantastic colour to contour my eye for a simple everyday look, or to use as a transition shade if I want to prevent my shadows from looking too warm.
‘CUSTARD’ BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
Often the most unusual of shades are the most flattering and versatile. ‘Custard’ is multi-tonal with hues of mustard, taupe, cream and sand, making it a great option as a transition shade for many warm tone eyeshadow looks. It’s a great alternative to ‘Warm Taupe’, especially if you have a deeper skin tone than fair. As a transition shade, it will help bronze looks to maintain a neutral feeling while still giving you complimentary warmth.
‘BIRKIN’ BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
With a hint of pink woven into this light-to-mid-tone warm brown, ‘Birkin’ is a beautiful transition shade for both classic warm tone looks, as well as those which lean on the pink and mauve side too. Instead of using a traditional cool toned shadow, using a shade like Birkin will help to maintain warmth in your eyeshadow looks and keep you looking awake and lively.
‘SADDLE’ BY MAC
‘Saddle’ is possibly one of the most iconic eyeshadows in the industry. While being a mid-tone warm brown, it has a neutral base which means it’s incredibly flattering on many different skin tones for many different looks. As it lends itself to multiple colours and hues, it’s a classic shade which will forever be a staple in my collection.
‘RULE’ BY MAC
Orange is my favourite colour to incorporate into everyday eyeshadow looks. As matte pops of colour are rare to come by in comparison to metallic and glitter formulas, I treasure ‘Rule’. As it’s not too red, it’s great to pop in the inner corner to give your look a special and flattering kick.
‘HEMATITE’ BY KYLIE COSMETICS
Not too dark, not too light, ‘Hematite’ by Kylie Cosmetics is a beautiful rich chestnut brown, which isn’t too red or too dark. With a soft formula, it’s easy to blend and the pigment doesn’t bunch up during the process, meaning the shadow looks even across the eyes. It’s a great option for adding depth without going too deep.
‘AMBER’ BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
Although it’s simple, ‘Amber’ is one of my all-time favourite shades. As a light coppery champagne, it’s a perfect shade for everyday makeup. Alternatively, it’s also beautiful when paired with deeper tones. It’s brilliant for people who prefer neutral shadows.
‘AMBER LIGHTS’ BY MAC
As a bright, warm gold, ‘Amber Lights’ makes your eyes pop. I particularly love it for the very inner corner. Unlike most golds, ‘Amber Lights’ has enough depth in its base tone to be placed all over the lid, but is bright enough with its reflection to not look dull when swooped across the inner portion of the eyes.
‘JUICY’ BY KYLIE COSMETICS
I am absolutely obsessed with this colour! It’s a true vivid orange with a red undertone and golden shimmer, and like ‘Rule’ by MAC I love to put it my inner corner to elevate my looks and make them a bit more special. It’s absolutely stunning. As it has a red undertone, I only ever place it on my top half of my eye, as it isn’t the most flattering along the bottom lash line.
‘SUNSET’ BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
‘Sunset’ is the creamiest eyeshadow I have ever come across, and possibly the most pigmented too. With rich colour, this gorgeous copper-bronze has a stunning warm golden shine. I cannot express how beautiful this shade is. As it’s an incredibly soft formula, be careful with it as it’ll break much more easily than other shadows.
‘GRANDSTAND’ BY MAKEUP GEEK
I debated whether or not to include ‘Grandstand’ purely because, currently, Makeup Geek products aren’t the easiest to get hold of after their re-launch – and because it’s the only non-potted single shadow I’m featuring which is rectangular in shape, rather than a traditional circle. However, it’s so, so, so beautiful that it had to be mentioned. It’s a pink-toned bronze, and I can’t begin to explain just how stunning it is in real life. As it’s a foiled shadow, it’s highly reflective, and, due to it’s warmth, it’s extremely flattering too.
‘PINK CHAMPAGNE’ BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
As one of Anastasia Beverly Hill’s titanium shadows, ‘Pink Champagne’ is defined by its silver shimmer. With a pinky, taupe mid-tone brown base, this glittery shadow can either be worn sheerly across the lid, or built up for an intense shimmer look. I get compliments every time I wear this shadow – it’s really pretty.
THE POTTED GLITTER SHADOWS
NARS ‘SLAM’ POWERCHROME LOOSE PIGMENT
I have a deep love for potted glitter eyeshadows, and ‘Slam’ by NARS has to be one of my all-time favourites. With a rose-brown base and golden shimmer reflect, you just can’t go wrong with this shade. It’s beautiful and I use it all the time. It’s my perfect everyday colour. Don’t be thrown by the word ‘Loose’ it its title – this shade, at least, isn’t loose at all.
HOURGLASS ‘FOIL’ SCATTERED LIGHT GLITTER EYESHADOW
The Hourglass Scattered Light range is pretty iconic in the makeup world, and it’s easy to see why. Although shimmery, there’s an elegance to these shadows. As the glitter is so incredibly finely milled, they glisten in a way which is impactful, but not over-the-top. By now, you’ve probably noticed that I adore golden shades, so it’s no wonder that ‘Foil’ has become a part of my collection.
HOURGLASS ‘BURNISH’ SCATTERED LIGHT GLITTER EYESHADOW
‘Burnish’ is a very wearable bronze for everyday. While most bronze tones are fairly deep, ‘Burnish’ has a lightness to it, while still having a sufficient amount of depth to give definition to the eyes. With a warm bronze subtle shimmer and a neutral base, it’s a very flattering colour which will suit a lot of different skin tones.
KYLIE COSMETICS ‘MORE PIE PLEASE’ SHIMMER EYE GLAZE
‘More Pie Please’ is a champagne pink with a silver shimmer which works beautifully with both warm and cool toned shades. As the most intense form of potted glitter shadow in my collection, this is a fantastic option for amping your makeup’s glam factor. Alternatively, it can easily be sheered out and worn as a gentle sparkle across the lids, which is really pretty.
HOURGLASS ‘SMOKE’ SCATTERED LIGHT GLITTER EYESHADOW
‘Smoke’ is a cool taupe shadow fused with purple, silver, pink and golden shimmer. It’s a great shadow to use in conjunction with other neutral tones, but especially with blue and purple metallics and shimmers. By introducing a neutral tone, it helps to prevent bright and distinct colours from looking too heavy or overpowering on the eyes. Instead, it gives a flattering frame for these colours to shine in a sophisticated way. Alternatively, you can of course wash ‘Smoke’ all over your lids all by itself for a gorgeous everyday smoky look.
What are your favourite single shadows? Let me know in the comment section below!
Love, T x