Because it's time to look fabulous again.

By Omenaa Boakye
Jul 06, 2021 @ 3:45 pm
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With summer in full swing, my weekends are the busiest they've ever been since the beginning of the year. And as I get more and more invites to outdoor events and rooftop bars, I've been thinking of different ways to step up my makeup game — starting with my eyes.

Eyeshadows come in a wide range of colors and textures, and can literally work wonders when it comes to enhancing the eyes. Plus, with this being the summer of freedom, it's the perfect season to play with bright, bold colors and pigments that glisten in the sun.

"The beauty of eyeshadow is that it can add depth and dimension to the eyes," says celebrity makeup artist, Joseph Carrillo, whose clients include Uma Thurman, Priyanka Chopra, and Lily Rabe. "Eyeshadow can make the eyes appear larger, rounder, or elongated. Adding a wash of color to the eyes can also make a bold statement, like the great Cleopatra. Eyeshadow has been around since then, and I think it will be around forever."

Whether you're looking to make a bold statement, add a little shimmer, or just a swipe of color, we've listed some of the best eyeshadows to play around with this summer.


New Eyeshadows to Wear This Summer
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 5

Anastasia Beverley Hills

This new eyeshadow palette features 25 deluxe-sized, high-performance shades with a gorgeous lilac color story curated by Norvina herself. Create vibrant summer looks with these complementary colors and diverse shades ranging from sleek mattes to stunning neutrals, and everything shimmery in between. 

To shop: $60;

Chanel Les Beiges


This versatile eyeshadow palette features five smudge-proof, long-lasting colors — allowing you to instantly create multiple looks, from soft to intense. 

To shop: $65;

Christian Louboutin Abracadabra La Palette Eyeshadow Palette Refill

Christian Louboutin

The brand recently launched its first customizable and refillable eyeshadow palette, designed to be sold with their luxurious Abracadabra le Palette Refillable Case. Illuminate and enhance your eyes in an instant with six buildable eyeshadow shades in matte, shimmer, satin, and metallic finishes. 

To shop: $78;

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Melting Color Balm


This new multi-purpose color balm comes in a variety of shades that can be used on the eyes and cheeks. The smooth formula has a weightless texture that creates instant definition, combined with long-lasting color that can be intensified by layering.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow - Roseglow Collection

Laura Mercier

These eyeshadow sticks make it easy to seamlessly apply a quick swipe of color to your eyes. The new Roseglow collection delivers easy application, high-definition, and long-lasting color in six rose-inspired shades. 

To shop: $29;