20 Delicious Eyeshadow Color Combinations to Try

I’m back again with color stories inspired by a theme… and the theme is dessert! My all-time favorite dessert is tiramisu… a very boozy, espresso-ladened tiramisu. It’s so decadent that my mom’s only allowed to make me one a year.

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!


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Christine Avatar


We skip the sugar in the syrup – using Kahlua has enough sugar for our tastes – and double the Kahlua + espresso across the recipe. I also brew fresh, decaf espresso vs. using instant espresso. I always save some to add to serve, just in case 🙂 My sister and mom prefer slightly drier, I prefer a bit wetter (nicely soaked but not soggy!).

If using alcohol and espresso volumes, I do highly recommend decaf espresso otherwise it is… an experience to eat at night 😉

Dandy Avatar

Ooh, these are lovely! I’m imagining a pavlova-themed eye look now, with a white-gold wash over most of the lid and then bright fruity shades at the lash line… :9 I’m going to have to play around a bit.

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