Think of a neutral eye as the smoky eye’s less dramatic, easy-going and fresh(er)-faced little sister – familiar, with similar ‘bone’ structure but not quite the same. With a little practice, a neutral eye is easy to master – even for the most make-up challenged (and yes, that means me). Thankfully, most make-up brands have created eyeshadow palettes full of complimentary shades which totally takes the guesswork out of choosing colours.
To achieve the perfect neutral eye, you need 6 colours:
- 1. A sheer base colour (something a little bit lighter than your eyelid) that’s applied from lashline to brow bone.
- 2. A light neutral colour (matte or soft pearl finish), that’s applied over the base.
- 3. A mid-tone brown that is lightly applied into the crease of your eyelid with a contour brush and blended out the edges.
- 4. A deep brown that’s applied to the outer edge of the eye creating a V shape and blended into your crease and eyeliner.
- 5. A shimmery mid-tone accent colour that’s applied within the V and blended (working from the outer edge inwards) towards the middle of your eye and to your lower lash line.
- 6. A shimmery highlighter that’s dabbed directly above your iris and in the corner of your eye.
Here are my top 5 neutral eyeshadow palettes, all available at Coquitlam Centre.
Down to Earth Palette
Bring out your genuine beauty using the Earth's natural colour palette. From pale sands and cool metals, to warm clays and deep gemstores, create an infinity of looks using the Down to Earth eyeshadow palette with smooth mattes, glossy satins and glimering sparkles.
- - Sahara Dune (a soft, off-white matte)
- - Aztec Gold (a gold pearl)
- - Essaouira Bronze (a bronze pearl)
- - Amazonian Earth (a dark brown matte)
Available at The Body Shop $24*
Urban Decay Naked Basics
Ok so how do you write a blog about neutral palettes without mentioning Urban Decay Naked Basics? It really does contain absolutely everything you need to create a gorgeous neutral eye and it's small enough to tote around with you on a daily basis. If you're a neutral eye fan - you NEED this palette in your arsenal.
- - Venus (a soft, off-white demi-matte)
- - Foxy (very light yellow/white matte)
- - Walk of Shame (very light nude matte)
- - Naked2 (taupe matte)
- - Faint (warm, dusty brown matte)
- - Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte)
Available at Sephora $36*
Dusky Rose Times Nine
For those of you that like a rosier neutral eye, this palette of dusky rose hues hits all the right notes. It contains 9 different hues ranging from silver to pink to bronze in a mix of matte, shimmer and frost finishes.
- M.A.Cnificent Me! (a pinky white frost)
- Quiet Time (a medium bronze shimmer)
- Dance in the Dark (a dark brown velvet)
- Fabulous DNA (a light pink shimmer)
- Pleasing to the Eye (a mid-tone rose matte)
- Sable (a gold/plum bronze pearl)
- Frankly Frosty (a light grey taupe matte)
- In My Element (a cool silver pearl lustre)
- Cool Complement (a cool medium brown matte)
Available at M.A.C. $42*
Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection
Natural Eyes includes a step-by-step guide to creating universally flattering looks and features nine (yes nine) neutral shadows, including three new hues, larger sizes of three complementary shadows, and three Too Faced favourites.
- - Cashmere Bunny (taupe matte)
- - Sexpresso (deep brown matte)
- - Push-Up (light bronze pearl)
- - Erotica (Charcoal brown with gold flecks)
- - Honey Pot (gold pearl)
- - Chocolate Martini (deep espresso with gold shimmer)
- - Heaven (cream matte)
- - Silk Teddy (peach champagne shimmer)
- - Nudie (fawn matte)
Available at Sephora $45*
NYX Professional Makeup Natural Shadow Palette
Go au natural…or dramatic with the Natural Shadow Palette. Designed to work beautifully with all skin tones this 6-shadow collection enhances your eyes instantly and lets you go as soft, or dramatic as you like.
- - A white matte
- - A yellowy-gold shimmer
- - A light peach matte
- - A warm-gold pearl
- - A bronze pearl
- - A dark brown matte
Available at London Drugs $9.99*
*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.