21 Bold Eyeshadow Combinations for Inspiration

If you’ve been thinking about playing with a new color combination, I hope this post gives you a jumping off point or two! I asked readers in our Discord for a few themes to work with to help me stretch my own creative muscles 🙂

About This Series

Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate brow bone or additional transitional shade based on skin tone. I know that I tend to use more like five or six shades in a typical look, but I think that four is a happy medium to give a good idea of the “core” color scheme of a look while giving you the ability to lighten/darken as desired. I have listed the colors in this order: inner lid, middle of lid, outer lid/crease, and crease/above crease.

You might see combinations that seem slightly repeated but placement will vary (e.g. a halo placement where the lightest and more shimmery shade is placed on the center) as placement can also create a different effect/look! You might also want to consider incorporating your favorite matte/shimmer shades (as applicable) to increase the versatility of certain palettes. Consider these ideas a jumping off point!

The Ballet, Pear Tree, Chocolate Bar, Peach Crush

Lime Chrome, Oro, Aurora, Python

Tattle Tale, Orange Slush, Keep It Fun, Poolside

Mary Jane, 50-50, Mo Bamba, Charmed

Totally Worth It, Hydra, Herky Bird, Beyond

Agate, Awakening, Jasper, Morning

Stranded, Big Sky, Radio, Riff

Aztec Ruins, Pool Party, Nightfall, Officer

Astral Ghost Orchid, Night Creature, Blitz Amethyst, Xtreme Black

Morgan, Glory, Clove, Carnelian

The Shallows, Seize the Day, JB, Evergreen

Melt Cosmetics She’s in Parties

Strange Love, Sleep Walk, Lost Control, Meanstreak

Maids a Milking, Orange Slush, Princess Pay Pay, Dusk

Natasha Denona Metropolis

Imperia (265M), Crest (267M), Aqueous (261M), Antique (276CP)

Blue Mist, Frosted Morning, Vamped, Indiana Love

The One, The Only, Love, I Have

Levy, Mermaid, Below Zero, Midnight

Melt Cosmetics She’s in Parties

Skeleton Kiss, Strange Love, Last Caress, Meanstreak

Sydney Grace Enduring Love (Light)

Victoria (Light), Robert (Light), Boaz (Light), Darcy (Light)

Green Mist, Take the Time, Turtle Bay, Midnight

Golden Strawberry, Serenity, Lost Princess, Indiana Love

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