Reader Mindy suggested this post, and here are my top five yellow eyeshadows… honestly, it was pretty easy, because there aren’t nearly as many bright yellow eyeshadows in my repertoire as one might think! I look forward to seeing your favorites to find some new shades to try!
More MAC eyeshadow swatches for the Swatch Gallery! I’m working my way through my “permanent” palettes (which are organized by color and house mostly permanent shades, but there are a few discontinued/limited edition shades in them) for now. I don’t own all of MAC’s permanent eyeshadows, so some shades may be missing that fall into one of the color categories.
Rule is a medium orange, not too bright or dark, with a matte finish. Coral is an orange-coral–honestly more orange than a true coral–with a matte finish. It was a PRO shade but may have been discontinued. Samoa Silk is a peachy orange with a veluxe finish (which looks and acts mostly like a matte). Goldenrod is a darkened yellow with a hint of orange. It has a satin finish. Juiced is a dirty orange with gold shimmer and a velvet finish. It is a discontinued shade. Goldmine is a gold-shimmered yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It has a frost finish. Bright Sunshine is a bright yellow with a frost finish. It is a PRO shade. Bright Yellow is a muted canary yellow with a seemingly matte finish. I don’t know what the official finish of this is, and as far as I know, it was discontinued. It was a PRO shade. Gorgeous Gold is a soft, yellowy gold with a green-blue iridescence. It has a veluxe pearl finish. Nylon is a pale white gold with a high shine finish. It has a frost finish.
MAC’s matte finishes tend to be a harder/drier matte, which translate better in actual eyeshadow application rather than a simple swatch, but shades like Rule are excellent on both fronts. I’ve often reached for Rule when I wanted to do a sunset-themed eye look. Shades like Bright Sunshine and Nylon have stellar color payoff, while Juiced easily sheers out. Gorgeous Gold has a fun duochrome, and it works well with blues, greens, and teals.
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Yellow, Orange, Coral with MAC Big Bounce & Fashion Flower
This is a look I did last week to test out the MAC Big Bounce eyeshadow for twelve hours. For reference, you really don’t need Fresh Daisy in this look. I initially wanted to use it in the inner corner (and you can see a very little bit), but it was just too stark against my skin tone so I covered most of it with Bright Sunshine.
Substitutes: Fresh Daisy = Nylon; Ever Hip = Crosswires (not a great dupe!)
For eyes, start by applying Reward Yourself eyeshadow all over the lid and above the crease with the 242. Apply Fresh Daisy eyeshadow to the inner tearduct with the 239. Next, apply Bright Sunshine eyeshadow to the middle of the lid with the 239. Gently blend Rule eyeshadow to the outer third of the lid and into the crease with the 239. Darken the crease with Free to Be eyeshadow using the 222.
For cheeks, apply Springsheen blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 116.
For lips, apply Ever Hip lipstick and top with #2 lipgloss for a complementing lip.
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Bright Sunshine eyeshadow on the inner two-thirds of the lid. Lightly blend Bio Green eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Blue Calm eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow with the crease shade very lightly, and then highlight the brow bone with Mylar eyeshadow. Bring everything together by applying Deviant liner on the lower lash line, then pat Blue Calm eyeshadow to smudge and blend out with the 219. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.
For cheeks, apply Sun Kissed bronzer on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116, then lightly pat Amber Diamond on the cheekbones.
For lips, lightly pat on Morange lipstick very, very sheerly, and then layer Easy Lounger lipglass for a complementing lip.
FOR EYES, try Sand & Sun eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid, Firecracker eyeshadow on the middle of the lid, Amber Lights eyeshadow on the outer lid, and Antiqued eyeshadow in the crease. FOR CHEEKS & LIPS, try Hipness blush on cheeks and Beachbound lipstick paired with Flurry of Fun lipglass on lips.