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How To: Create Two Looks With Two Eyeshadow Palettes

Eyeshadow palettes are a beauty box staple, but if you subscribe to more than one you might feel a bit overrun by them. When you first start getting new palettes it can feel fun and exciting and then it can be hard to figure out how to use them all and where to put them. If you are like me, you have your go-to palettes; a stack that you love but don’t really use, and the ones that you need to give to a friend but are holding onto in case one day you want to use it. I decided to break through these blocks and call in the help of my amazing mom, Ann, who just so happens to be a professional makeup artist and owner of Esthetics of Sewickley Salon and Spa and figure out how to use two of the many palettes in my collection!

I love makeup, but I relied on my mom when it came to my own eyeshadow growing up. Basically, I would wake her up every morning when I was in high school to do my makeup before I went off to school (I kind of can’t believe she actually did it). She did my makeup for every school dance, cheerleading photo, football game, and all the way to my wedding. Since I relied on her so much, sometimes new palettes and colors scare me. I decided to pick two palettes that I really love, but don’t use a ton or have felt a little nervous to diving into, and enlisted my mom’s help to create two looks.

Let’s see how this mother-daughter makeup lesson went!

Dito Muse Athena 16-Color Palette

The Product: Dito Muse Athena 16-Color Palette

The Cost: $28.99

The Matchmaker: The Box by Fashionsta

I loved this palette when I first received it. It is so bold and comes with 16 shadows ranging from neutrals, oranges, and various greens. I used this a few times, but then sort of hit a wall, and wasn’t loving the looks I made with the green shadows. I got defeated and set this under my bathroom sink, hoping to revisit it in the summer. This palette was number one in asking my mom what to do with it. I really want to start using brighter colors and mixing up my typical neutrals so this felt like the perfect palette to get me out of my comfort zone.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Biosphere Vegan Eyeshadow Palette

The Product: Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Biosphere Vegan Eyeshadow Palette in Woodland

The Cost: $38.00

The Matchmaker: So Susan Color Curate

This is a new palette that I am totally loving! I’ve been using it a lot so far, but I was having some issues with the application in terms of my overall technique. I also wasn’t sure how to utilize each of the shades since they are all so similar. My goal was to learn how to use this palette every day correctly while still feeling fun and fresh.

Here is a glimpse at the brushes, mascara, and eyeliner that my Mom used to create both looks.

Here is my fresh face with newly applied foundation and blush. The first look that my mom worked on was with the Athena palette creating an evening look that she described as being inspired by a Peacock for creating it.

The first step in creating when building your shadow is to start with a neutral base.

Her next step in the process was to select three colors that are in a similar family to build on. She started with a light blue shade which is the lightest blue that she will use for this look.

She moved onto the green shimmer shade to start shaping the eye and adding layers to that light blue shade from the last step. What we didn’t expect was how much fallout this shimmering shade would have! The matte colors have some fallout but nothing major. Once we used this shimmering green we saw just how messy it was going to be! I oddly could not find any setting powder to correct the fallout, but my mom said that if you don’t have any on hand, then baking powder can work as a substitute to clean the under-eye area. It was crazy how messy this step was, but the baking powder really worked!

The next step was to add some pink shimmer to highlight at the brow bone and the corner of my eye.

The final steps were to press some of the gold sparkles throughout the lid to add a bit more drama- perfect for a night out. She added liquid eyeliner and mascara to finish everything off. I am obsessed with this peacock-inspired look that is perfect for a night out or any special occasion. This is a truly stunning look that makes my eyes pop, I was so turned off by green shades because I thought it washed me out, but this look makes me rethink that completely! Maybe my Mom can come over to create this again before my next date night with my husband.

The second look that my mom created is with the Jelly Pong Pong palette. This is a quick and easy look that I can do every day to make me feel put together without being overdone. She started with this beautiful orange by applying to the eyelid. She starts by making it darker in the corner and then lightly blend up and over. This allows the colors to blend upward to shape your eye and creates an even look without having a harsh line (which I do).

Here she added a darker orange from the mid eye to the corner and continued to blend upward to blur the lines. She added a soft eyeliner and some mascara to finish this look off. We didn’t add a highlight but you could use a light gold or pink shimmer shade to create that extra lift.

The finished look is so perfect for me! It is simple while still feeling youthful and put together. I love how the oranges are layered without feeling harsh. I really learned a lot about how to blend and where to blend to blur the shadow line which I never do and always have that harsh line near my brow bone. This is so beautiful I can’t wait to reproduce it!

You can see the final product, one eye for day and one for night. I feel ready to tackle my growing collection of palettes with a better understanding of technique, how to layer properly, and how to select the right colors to build a cohesive look.

The palette of a makeup artist! My mom is so drawn to bold colors and loves testing eyeshadows. She recommends testing every color on your arm before application to really get a better look at how it will look on your skin tone and the texture of the shadow. It was so much fun to see my mom at work again doing what she loves, but I also appreciate learning how to really utilize all of the palettes that I have, thanks to some amazing beauty boxes!

What was your favorite look that we created? Is there a palette that you still aren’t sure how to use from your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Written by Taryn Lowman

Taryn Lowman

Taryn’s passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

Comments (23)

  1. I probably own 40+ palettes from sub boxes but never play around with them because I feel clueless. I love this post so much. It would be helpful to show which color is used for each step. Both looks look great on you. It would be great to “volunteer” your mom for more of these tutorials.

    • I am so glad you liked this post! I will absolutely show the specific colors next time. Thanks so much!

  2. Both looks are beautiful. That is awesome that you had a professional makeup artist to do your makeup everyday in high school. I think that’s so cool! Your mom is amazing.

    • I’m so glad you liked this post! She is pretty amazing for sure!

  3. What a fun tutorial! I really hope MSA does more of these type of posts. This is the kind of content that makes me happy and relaxes me.

    • Agree! This was a lot of fun to read! I actually don’t own ANY eyeshadow palettes but I love the artistry behind them and the colors. Eyeshadow is definitely the hardest part of makeup to master and I don’t think I ever truly got the hang of it.

    • I am so glad you all are enjoying this post! More to come for sure!

  4. Wish she showed us how to blend so we don’t have that harsh line under the brow either!

    • Thanks so much for this feedback! We can absolutely show more technique images or maybe a video next time. She recommends to really blur that line by blending from the inner eye out and up in an upward motion once you to the middle of your eye to really blur that line and create more of an arch then a line.

  5. Both eye looks are great on you! Very helpful post 🙂

    • I’m so glad you liked this post!

  6. One of the hardest things is getting a new palette or shadows and going to apply it only to have it be muddy or have a ton of fallout. I love the tip of applying to your arm first to see how to work them !! A so simple why didn’t I think of that kind of moment. I have dug into a beautiful new palette only to mess up my eye look because of not pretesting it. Such a different post with great info. Thanks to you and your mom. Hope to see more of you guys

    • Ps.. I also love that you had regular brushes and mascara shown to show us you don’t need to have expensive products to do the job. You don’t need to go broke on high end stuff to do the job !!

      • I am so glad you enjoyed this post and learned a few tips! I always try to keep a good mix of inexpensive products that I know work, like my grocery store mascara that I have been loyal to since I was a teen, inexpensive doesn’t mean it doesn’t work!

  7. Great post! That’s so cool that your mom is a makeup artist!

    I think both looks are great, but I especially love the orange shadow.

    • I am so glad you enjoyed this post!

  8. I like both eye looks equally. What a fun post.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this post!

  9. This is sweet. I love my mom and I adore hearing about other close mother-daughter relationships. Your peacock look is really pretty. Your mom did a nice job!

    • My Mom is absolutely my best friend, it was so much fun working on this project with her!

  10. Cool review!
    i like the packaging of that Athena palette but if I were the creator I would probably just stick to bronze, gold, yellows, apricots, and reds. It would be fun to have a cohesive collection of eyeshadows based on Greek gods. The blues are poseidon territory, and the grey is Zeus-ish, while the greens are Pan-ish. So the bottom 8 pans seem athena-ish. Just my unasked for 2 cents,

    • I love that idea!

    • Athena is the grey-eyed goddess, and the daughter of Zeus alone. She definitely owns grey as well.

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