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How to Use Every Kind of Makeup Palette

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How to Use Every Kind of Makeup Palette How to Use Every Kind of Makeup Palette How to Use Every Kind of Makeup Palette

Makeup palettes always seem like they offer so much bang for your buck—but how often do you actually use all of the colors included? If you find that you’re not sure how to use all the shades in your eye shadow, lipstick, or contour palettes, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we dive into every type of makeup palette and explain exactly how to use each one for your next makeup look.


The first step to knowing how to utilize your entire eye shadow palette or quad is to understand your eye and your eye shape. From there you can create the gorgeous eye makeup look you’re after!

Your eyes may seem relatively small when compared to other features on your face, but there are actually several areas around your eye where you can apply makeup. These areas include: the brow bone, crease, the area above the crease, outer lid, middle lid, inner lid, lower waterline, outer lower lash line, and inner lower lash line. Once you can identify each area, following along with how-to videos and online makeup tutorials is a breeze.

Now that you understand the different areas of your eye that are just waiting to be covered in pretty eye shadow, it’s time to determine your eye shape so that you can apply your eye makeup in a flattering way.

You have close set eyes if…your eyes are narrower than one eye width apart. To best complement this shape, use light colors on the inner corners of your eyes and extend dark colors along the outer corners. Finish off by lining and applying mascara to the outer corners to help balance out your look.

You have almond eyes if…they’re perfectly proportioned. Lucky you—any eye shadow technique will look gorgeous when paired with your eye shape.

You have deep set eyes if…your eyes appear sunken. Apply light colors on your entire lid, followed by a slightly deeper color in your crease. If you want to create extra depth, use an even darker color along the outer lid, just be sure to blend it all together.

You have down-turned eyes if…the outer corners of your eyes turn downwards. To flatter your eye shape, blend shadow up and out, focusing color along the entire lid and the outer crease. Top it off with liner on the upper lid, finishing with a small upturned flick at the end for an eye-opening effect.

You have hooded eyes if…a fold of skin hangs over your crease. The best way to complement this eye shape is to work with matte colors. Remember to keep it light along your lid and gradually darker along your crease.

You have protruding eyes if…they seem to bulge out a bit. This eye type looks best donning darker matte colors.

Whichever eye shape you have, you can use a full palette to your advantage. If you want to try a two-toned eye makeup look, apply a lighter color along your lid and a darker color along your crease. If you want to create a smoky eye, use a lighter color along your lid followed by a medium color along your crease, and a darker color in the outer crease. You can complete the smoky eye with a medium or dark color buffed along your lower lash line and a touch of highlighter under the arches of your brows.

Product picks: L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Intense, or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow


Where using eye shadow palettes requires quite a bit of knowledge about your specific facial features, contour palettes are much easier to figure out. These palettes typically come with a light, medium, and dark shade, though some come with two slightly varied shades of each. The trick to using all the included shades is to blend the darkest shades along the upper edge of your forehead, down the edges of the bridge of your nose, into the contour of your cheeks and along the bottom edge of your jawbone. This will help give the appearance of a sculpted bone structure. Then, apply the lighter colors in an upside-down triangle on your forehead that extends downward, between your brows, down the center of your nose, and along your cheekbones. Placing the light contour color this way will help to brighten your visage.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit


Instead of buying individual color correcting concealers, a color correcting palette offers every color of the rainbow needed to neutralize the look of unwanted tones. Use a peach shade to conceal dark circles, use a green shade to neutralize the appearance of redness, use a lavender shade to counteract the look of dullness, and use a yellow shade to hide discolorations. Just remember that the key to working with color correcting concealers is to apply them underneath your foundation so that the unnatural color of the color correctors ends up completely hidden.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit


One of the best ways to instantly perk up your overall appearance is to dab on some blush. Now, while blush palettes have a wide range of colors, you don’t have to use all of them at once. In fact, that would be discouraged. Rather, switch between the colors depending on how you’re doing your makeup on a given day. Where no-makeup, makeup calls for slightly lighter hues, go all out for a night on the town with the girls and sport a bright pink for a pop of color. Another option is a blush duo. Try the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Radiance Cheek Duo to have two shades on hand to help add depth and dimension to your cheekbones. The palette comes in four colors ranging from peach to plum. You can choose to wear the blush shade alone or swirl the blush and highlighter together to give your cheeks a radiant, luminous glow!


Who doesn’t love having a whole slew of lip colors on hand? With so many hues to choose from, there are multiple ways you can use your lip palette to get the most out of it. You can choose a single shade from the palette and use it to give your lips an all over wash of color, you can mix a few shades together to create a signature shade, or—if you’re looking for a slightly more eye-catching look—you can create an ombré lip. To get the look, line the outside of your lips with one of the darker shades and fill in the center of your pout with a lighter color. This lip look can help create the illusion of a more pillowy pout. If you don’t see a color that just screams out at you, you can also mix a few to create your own signature shade.

Editor’s note: Don’t own a lip palette? Learn how to create your own by reading our article, How to Curate the Perfect Lip Palette.


While a contour palette will provide you with the basics needed for sculpting your face to perfection, nothing complements a contoured face quite like a bit of glowy highlighter. That's why you'll want to have a highlighter palette on hand too. A highlighter palette will give you everything you need to take your look from flat and dull to totally radiant. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette in Sunkisses or Moonlight. Each palette comes with four shades so you can create the perfect multi-dimensional glow look. You can wear them separately, layer them, or mix and match them to your liking! They both include two highlighters, one blush, and one bronzer. If you prefer cool tones, use the Moonlight palette. If you’re all about warm vibes, the Sunkissed palette is perfect for you. To use either palette, start by using an angled powder brush to apply the bronzer to the contours of your cheeks and sides of your forehead. Then, apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks using a blush brush. To complete your radiant makeup look, apply the deeper highlighter shade to your cheekbones and the lighter highlighter shade just above your cheekbones, going up to your temples.


Want to add drama to your eyebrows? When it comes to filling in your brows, it may be overwhelming figuring out what kind of makeup product you want to use and what shade to get, especially if you’re new to the eyebrow shaping scene. Luckily, eyebrow palettes do all the work for you when it comes to picking out a product! Brow palettes usually come with a brow powder, an angled applicator brush, and a wax to seal in your color. To use an eyebrow palette, use the angled brush provided and apply the powder by lightly tracing the tail of your eyebrows. Then, fill in the tail using light, feathery strokes to mimic hairs. If your palette contains multiple brow powder shades, you can choose a lighter one for filling in the front section of your brows. If you only have one powder, no worries, just be light-handed when picking up product on your brush! Once you've filled in your brows, use an eyebrow comb to brush through your hairs to blend the powder. Then, apply your eyebrow wax overtop to keep your hairs in place.

Need an eyebrow palette to try? Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit. The kit comes in two shades, depending on your hair color, and includes an angled brush, a spoolie, an eyebrow powder, and an arch-perfecting wax. Not only does it come with everything you need to fill in your brows, it also comes with a pair of mini tweezers so you can shape them to perfection. You’ll have eyebrows that look professionally shaped, all with the help of one makeup product. Sign us up!

Next, check out our article, How To Apply Makeup Primer: The Complete Guide.