I know myself: I never touch the matte shades in eye shadow palettes, and browns and blacks are seldom necessary for the bold, colorful looks I create. Both of these reasons eliminate my need for half the shades in a typical nude eye shadow palette, so I don’t own any. With this in mind, my excitement for the launch of the Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette was basically non-existent compared to the Precious Stones Obsessions Palettes, which I set a mental countdown clock for. (The Amethyst one is now my go-to.)
The universe didn’t want me to disregard the New Nude Palette, though. A couple of days after it was released, it landed on my desk. I couldn’t ignore it when it was right in front of me. Inside, I found gorgeous marbelized duo chromes, innovative pressed glitters, and satin-y mattes that were nothing like what I’m accustomed to seeing in other nude palettes. New Nude even features a creamy concealer-like base to help amplify the already intensely pigmented shadows. Not to sound clueless, but I realized the New Nude Palettes isn’t like other nude palettes — it’s different. The New Nude Palette is more than just a kit for creating everyday, neutral looks and smoky eyes. You can also create bold, glitzy eye makeup with it, making the New Nude Palette the only nude eye shadow palette that makes sense to me.
I put together three unexpected ways to use the Huda Beauty New Nude Eye Shadow Palette to prove just that. Don’t worry — you don’t need to be a pro at blending or know how cut your creases with the precision of an Instagram makeup artist. All you need to succeed is your favorite eye shadow brush and eyeliner.
1. Opalescent Graphic Liner
Typically, I wear graphic liner just on bare lids. Something about the duo chromes (or the multi-reflective pearl formula as Huda Beauty refers to it), in New Nude inspired me to use them as an opalescent base for a scarlet-red liquid liner to give my current favorite look more dimension, though.
I knew I wanted pink hues so I swept Daydream (a foiled blush pink) all over my lids and along my lower lash line with no specific technique. I just made sure the perimeter of my eyes, including the inner corners, were evenly coated in shimmer.
Then, I drew on the negative-space wings on the inner and outer corners of my eyes with the Kat Von D Ink Well Long-Wear Matte Eyeliner in Vampira.
2. Glitter Tears
Huda Beauty is one of the first beauty brands I’ve spotted that fill a pan of its palette with tightly packed glitter that adheres to lids without glue. The pressed glitter formula first appeared in Desert Dusk and returns with two new shades in New Nude. Excite is a deep crimson while Infatuated is a copper. The former came in handy for my take on the glitter tears.
First, I smudged Excite with my index finger along the center of my lids. Next, I ran Kinky (a metallic crimson) along the middle of my lower lash line. Then, I topped it with Excite. Surprisingly, the glitter stayed put all day long. I thought it would flake off easily since there’s no adhesive involved, but its base is heavy duty.
3. Dot Liner
Speckling your eyes with dots is one of the quickest, easiest ways to elevate a basic eye look to something more experimental and unconventional while still being minimalist.