You’ve probably heard the “New year, new hair” mantras too many times to count, so why not deviate from the crowd by embracing a new eyeshadow shade for the New Year? The prospect of a new addition to your kit might be as exciting as saying “goodbye” to the past year, but with a peacock of shades out there, deciding on one triggers a stress-fest.
Inspired by the kaleidoscopic shadows we've seen on the red carpet, we’ve matched the perfect shades for every skin tone. Scroll down to find the most flattering shade for you to try.
1. FAIR SKIN
A creamy antiqued bronze warms up the yellow undertones in fair complexion like Elizabeth Olsen's, says her pro, Mai Quynh.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette.
Charlotte Tilbury | $32
2. MEDIUM SKIN
Use brown powder with hints of bronze and cinnamon to create warm, smoky eyes like Shay Mitchell’s alternative to cool pewters, a shade that's usually synonymous with the sultry makeup look.
Smashbox Matte Exposure Palette with Spice Shadow.
Smashbox | $49
3. OLIVE SKIN
If you have an olive complexion like Lea Michele, reach for a teal shade as opposed to a powdery sky blue which has the tendency to wash out this skin tone.
Nars Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bavaria.
Nars | $25
4. TAN SKIN
Talk about a multitasker. Shimmering gold shadow also works as a highlighter on tan skin, says Freida Pinto's makeup artist, Kirin Bhatty.
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow in Eternal Sunshine.
L'Oreal Paris | $4
5. DEEP SKIN
The vibrant greens of Aja Naomi King's monochromatic eye pop while the mix of cool and warm undertones is universally flattering on deep skin tones.
MAC Cosmetics eyeshadow in Humid and New Crop.
MAC | $16/each
6. MEDIUM-DARK SKIN
Dust on a cranberry powder like Yara Shahidi’s—it's an unexpected neutral on medium-dark skin.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M846.
Make Up For Ever | $21
7. DARK SKIN
A rose-gold shadow looks luxe on dark skin, says Lupita Nyong'o's pro, Nick Barose. "But it'll look edgier if it has a strong orange tone to it." Consider the pretty shade the most flattering color you’re probably not wearing—yet.
Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Kissed by Gold.
Lancome | $50