07 August, 2014

Create Your Own Everyday Neutral Palette

As you probably already know, the past two years or so have been the years of the neutral eyeshadow palettes. Heck, you might have even a palette (or three, maybe even more!) by now.You might also be experiencing this predicament: As beautiful as your favorite neutral palettes are, you wish that all of the shades would suit you. In a palette of, say, 12 different eyeshadow shades, for example, there might be three or four that just don't suit you, and you feel that part of your money is wasted.

I understand, I've been there!

That's why I'm so excited about today's post, because I am going to help you, dear readers, put together the palette of your dreams.

Here is my everyday palette that I always reach for, when I want a fail-proof look that I don't have to think too much about. While I love playing with my makeup collection and create new looks with what I have, a lot of times I also appreciate having a go-to look when I want to look put-together, but don't have the time or the energy to play around.

For example, here is my "everyday face":

I've been pretty obsessed with my Mary Kay customized kit lately, and use it all the time! By the way, I just want state that I do not receive compensation of any kind to mention MK products here; I just happen to have all-Mary Kay products in this post because I own the customizable kit. Lol. 

Sometime ago, I was gifted with the "Strawberry Cream" blush and "Hazelnut" eyeshadow in a raffle, but didn't have a kit to put them in. Then, when my Mary Kay lady  gave me "Cinnabar" and "White Lily," I knew that I had to buy the palette to house these products! Yes, that white eyeshadow shade looks quite scary in the picture there, but it's actually very sheer once on the skin; I can't see it at all because it's meant to be a base, and use it to smooth out my eyelids before applying the other shades. :-)

Anyhow, this is the kit that I have: it is a sleek compact that holds three eyeshadows of your choice, a blush, a lipstick, a blush brush, and two eyeshadow brushes. Or, I may even have it hold two blushes, or six eyeshadows.

There is a larger palette as well, that holds three time as many products!

The reason why I have been enjoying using my kit so much is because it's something that I had put together myself, which means that these shades are guaranteed to look good on me.

As I put my makeup on last night, I thought, "Wow, I'm really enjoying using these; they are so pigmented! I should put kits together for other people of different skin shades and undertones."

So, I present to you...customized kits for your undertone! Are these suggestions written in stone? Of course not! After all, they are mere suggestions, and you are more than welcome to pick out shades from other kits that you feel would look better on you.

The reason why I suggest Mary Kay products here is because I personally own makeup from this range, so I can vouch for the quality. The prices are affordable (each eyeshadow is only $7!), and Mary Kay is available in many different countries, so the products really are accessible.

**Non-affiliated post. I did not get paid, or compensated in any way, for recommending the products in this post. All opinions are my own.

Prices: Eyeshadows are $7; blushes are $12; lipsticks and lipglosses are $14.

Where to buy: I am a strong supporter of small businesses, so I encourage you to purchase Mary Kay products from a Mary Kay representative, when possible. If you are located within the United States and do not have a Mary Kay lady, I would love to recommend mine: Katie Cook. She offers free shipping, regardless of the size of your order, and would happily assist clients in all 50 states. You may also visit her Facebook page HERE.

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  1. What a great guide! I really like the Deep Cool kit and the Medium to Tan Warm kit. I love how you put all of these colour choices together for each skin tone.

    Keisha xo

  2. Looks great! I am a big fun of the Mary Kay cosmetics and it was a very interesting post for me! Thank you!


  3. Tammy, would you say that most of these color combos are suitable for a slightly tanned asian (yellowish based vs white) skin tone?

    Thank you,
    Ingrid of Style Prosciutto

  4. I've never tried anything from Mary Kay - it sounds like such a lovely brand xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

  5. Girl! These look amazing! I must bust out and find a Mary Kay person around me and buy one of these!!! You sold me!!! Love you girl!! xoxo Cyndi www.cdelbeauty.blogspot.com

  6. You put together some amazing combinations/color. I definitely agree that personalized palettes are so easy and convenient to use. I've depotted a few of my favorite eyeshadows and blushes and put them into a Z-Palette. It's so handy. I'll have to check out the Mary Kay customized kits--they look lovely.

  7. These look great! Love all of these neutral shades and the idea of a personalized palette.


  8. You made amazing combinations!

    Sarah x

  9. Amazing colors!


  10. I love the combinations you picked, they are gorgeous!

    Love, Ana


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