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!


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Mariella Avatar

These combos you post always inspire me, Christine. I love seeing how you use palettes like Born to Run but even with palettes I don’t have, I generally have dupes I can substitute and, honestly, these really excite me to the point where I will try colours and combos that are a bit out of my usual looks.

CatG Avatar

I have so many Sydney Grace shadows I can do so much now!! MWAHAHAHAA!!!!!
I’m going to play shadow bingo with my friends tomorrow 😀
My favorites out of these are Cool Paradise but not sure I could pull it off

Agata Avatar

So inspiring, thank you! I have actually tried before a couple timee something similar to the ‘In the rainforest’ combo and it looks great! Will try ‘Regal ring’ and ‘Nightfall in Capri’ before summer is gone! Dreams in the clouds looks great for early Autumn with that heather shade.

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