- A wash of metallic taupe eyeshadow instantly brightens eyelids.
Looking to make a quick transformation? The real-world equivalent of a trench coat and wig lies in one of these artist-nominated shadow palettes. A simple swipe of the palest hue defines eyes, or add more intensity by applying a darker hue in the crease. More daring? Effortlessly slip into the drama category by smudging the deepest hue into the top and bottom lash line. The best compacts, selected by the artists who make up stars like Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Hudson and Rosamund Pike, below.
“The Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eyeshadow Set, with its warm beige, deep green and black-pepper tones [No. 4], are my favorite palettes. They have great textures and tones that last and blend easily.”
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