Make-up Masterclass: Paddy McGurgan's 4 favourite eyeshadow palettes
NI beauty expert Paddy McGurgan shares his top tips for fabulous eye make-up
As much as I adore using eyeshadow refills that I create in my own palette, most of my clients ask me what my favourite pre-made eyeshadow palettes are for any eye look.
It is so important to have a variety of colours, whether you're a make-up novice or a make-up artist. Here are my top four eyeshadow palettes, whether it's for a gift for Christmas or a keepsake for you at home.
Bperfect Cosmetics x Stacey Marie
My first hero eyeshadow palette has to be from the Queen of Glam herself, Stacey Marie McDonald, who collaborated with Bperfect Cosmetics to create this bundle of joy - 17 eye colours and two dreamy highlighters which can be used to create bold, professional looks.
The colours are a make-up artist's dream because they're so varied, and the looks, colour combinations and tonal gradients that can be created are endless. This palette has received praise from local ranking influencers to Nikki Tutorials, Jeffree Starr and Manny MUA (£39.99, Bperfect Cosmetics/ Make Up Pro Store). My favourite shades within this palette are Keen, Lit and Wifey.
Venus XL by Limecrime
Limecrime's Venus XL is possibly one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of all time. I absolutely adore every shade. I love the matte brown transition colour. It's a perfect first transition colour to warm up the crease of the eye for any look.
Take the classical beauty of a Renaissance masterpiece, cross it with the effortless chic of early 90s grunge and you'll reach Venus XL, the ultimate update of Limecrime's beloved Venus palettes.
Reinvigorating your arsenal with rustic reds, golden roses, bronze neutrals, berries and opalescent pinks in matte, matte sparkle, glow and metallic finishes, this palette will elevate any eye artistry to Botticellian heights.
My favourite shade in this palette has to be Botticelli. It is the perfect deeply intense purple for darkening and deepening any outer corner for a glamorous night-time look.
Keilidh x SOSU by Suzanne Jackson
SOSU by Suzanne Jackson has announced a make-up collaboration with leading Instagram and YouTube make-up artist Keilidh Cashell. With a total combined social media following of more than 800,000, this is the most anticipated beauty collaboration to hit Ireland.
Together, SOSU and Keilidh have created the Urban Bible (£30.52), a cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, paraben-free 16-shade eyeshadow palette. Again, what I love about this palette is its versatility and how the colours blend and work so well together. I love the range of matte and metallic shades, which makes this palette a real experimentalist make-up lover's dream. I always recommend packing a shimmer shadow with a flat brush to avoid fall-out and to intensify the colour.
Fuschia Make-Up has a little slice of paradise for you. The gorgeous Paradise palette is packed with intensely pigmented, tropical matte colours for an amazing new look.
Dive right in for an exotic glam evening look or just dip your toe in for a fresh day look. I have used this palette very recently, and my all-time favourite aspect of this palette, besides the outstanding red shadow, is how creamy and consistent the shadows were when they were initially swatched and how they blended on the eye.
5 ways to make the most out of your palettes
1. Always use an eye primer. This will not only help your eyeshadow last longer but will intensify the pigment of the eyeshadow
2. Always use a fluffy eyeshadow brush for creating washes of colour on the eyes. This will give you a much smoother and even finish.
3. Always add some small amounts of darkness to any eye look to lift and intensify.
4. Be wary of using heavy skincare around the eye area because this will affect the longevity of the eye make-up .
5. For a perfected look, always use the same colours underneath the eye.