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We List All The Neutral Eyeshadows That'll Flatter Every Skin Tone

Guaranteed to take you less than a minute to apply.

Who says neutral eyeshadows have to be boring? With countless textures and finishes to choose from, you’ll be able to go from day to night and create virtually any look effortlessly. As a rule of thumb, matte eyeshadows are considerably the hardest to blend evenly as any patchiness is the most visible, so opt for shimmery textures if you’re worried about unevenness. That said, they are great to apply all over lids as a base so that other products that go on after will really pop.

If you’re looking to create smoky eyes under a minute, try eyeshadow sticks which you can sharpen. All you have to do is apply as close to the lash line as possible and smudge out the edges for a subtle smoky effect that can take you from office to after-work drinks.

And always keep a shimmery champagne eyeshadow in your stash that can either be used to refresh and jazz up any makeup you already have on, as well as to add instant sparkle when dabbed onto the inner corners of your eyes.

Use your ring finger when it comes to eyeshadow application instead of brushes when you want to get ready fast because the warmth of your finger tips also help warm up the product so they adhere better to your lids during application. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to dress your eyes precisely in no time at all.

Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Sun Drenched, $32
As its name suggests, this sun-kissed hue dresses your lids in a chrome finish that glistens under light. A little goes a long way, so be sure to use this sparingly and gradually layer on more product for added intensity. Apply this with your fingertips or a sponge tip instead of a brush to avoid having the eyeshadow flakes fall on your cheeks. Dior Backstage Eye Palette in 001 Warm Neutrals, $83
Comprising of an eye primer as well as shimmery and matte shades in warm, neutral tones from the barest of nudes to smoky deep browns, this handy palette holds everything you need to create endless looks that flatter all skin tones and eye colours. Each eyeshadow is also super pigmented, long-wearing and feels lightweight. Natasha Denona Metallic Eyeshadow in 62S Terracotta, $39
A combination of gold, bronze and brown pigments, this eyeshadow adds warmth to any skin tone as it glides onto lids smoothly and blends out effortlessly. Enriched with moisturising waxes, the formula adheres closely to the lids so it doesn’t flake, crease or sink into fine lines during the day. If you’re looking for all-out drama, apply with a wet brush for maximum colour payoff. MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Wedge (Matte), $33
Perfect for medium skin tones, apply this taupe shade from lash line to the crease to create softly defined eyes. Its matte texture also makes it an excellent base as it evens out discolouration around the eye area so eyeshadows and eyeliners can really stand out. Tom Ford Beauty Shadow Extreme Eyeshadow in TFX4, $50
Made with micronised glitter, this bronze eyeshadow is perfect for transforming your day makeup look into something sexier and more glamorous. With an ultra-smooth and blendable texture, it coats the lids with water-resistant colour that flatters virtually every skin tone. Shu Uemura Pressed Eyeshadow in Soft Brown (Matte), $25
Perfect for everyday wear, this makeup artists’ essential eyeshadow softly sculpts and defines those with light to medium skin tone. Super finely-milled powder means the eyeshadow glides onto skin effortlessly, regardless of whether you’re using your fingertips or makeup brushes. Laura Mercier Shimmer Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa, $49
One of the handiest makeup item to carry in your travel case, this versatile formula works as a cream eyeshadow as well as a long-lasting eyeliner. With a thin and creamy texture, it glides onto lids without tugging and can be easily blended out to create a smokey eye look. But work fast as it sets in about 30 to 45 seconds and once it does, it doesn’t budge, fade or slide for an entire day. This rich chocolate shade contains tiny shimmering pigments so it more forgiving for those who might not be able to blend it out perfectly. Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in 02 Nude Dazzle, $30
Great for layering over any existing eyeshadow shade to add a dash of glimmer, this lightweight, gel-like texture adds a translucent, high-shine finish. Dab onto the centre of your lids to create a 3D effect or at the inner corners of your eyes to instantly light up tired eyes. Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow in D-12 Diamond Golden Grey, $36
Another great neutral shade that flatters every skin tone is grey. Opt for something shimmery like this eyeshadow stick from Make Up For Ever. One slick and you get saturated pigments that doesn’t crease into fine lines stays on round the clock. It also comes with a sharpener for unparalleled precision anytime, anywhere.