The Best Palettes For Your Eye Color

We have a not-so-secret hoarding problem when it comes to eyeshadow palettes. Really, though, what's not to love about gorgeous colors and textures artfully arranged in a lovely package? They're not just pretty to look at, though; eyeshadow palettes can also be one of the best ways to play up your eye color. Since the shades are carefully curated by experts, it's basically a whole look in one product. The problem: How do you know which one will work best for you?
So, to find the best palettes for each eye color, we called up the experts and got their color-theory tips. Then, we pulled the top new palettes to match their suggestions. Click through to find the best picks for your peepers.
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Brown Eyes

"Since brown is considered a neutral color, brown-eyed girls can pull off most shadows," says makeup artist Clarissa Luna. "When I really want to bring out the clarity in that eye color, I'll use brown, gold, or purple tones."

Buxom Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette, $40, available at Sephora.
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This new limited-edition eyeshadow palette from Kevyn Aucoin can really work for any eye color, but the warm hues make it especially flattering against brown. From sheer shimmer to pigmented bold metallics, this is the palette that'll majorly upgrade your smoky eye this holiday season.

Kevyn Aucoin Electropop Pro Eyeshadow Palette, $57, available at Sephora.
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This 28-shade palette features plenty of purples and browns to play with.

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 28, $239, available at Sephora.
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Too Faced's new Natural Love palette has 30 earthy neutrals (with just the right amount of shimmer mixed in) to mix and match with.

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette, $59, available at Sephora.
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This 15-shade palette has violets and deep berries fit for a fantasy night.

Natasha Denona Lila Eyeshadow Palette, $129, available at Sephora.
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"If I want to make brown eyes look lighter, I'll use mossy green tones," says Luna.

Nyx Cosmetics Perfect Filter Shadow Palette in Olive You, $20, available at Nyx Cosmetics.
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"Warm brown eyes really pop with cool shades, like charcoal and silver," says makeup artist Tina Turnbow. Luna adds, "There's something magical that happens to brown eyes when gray hues come into play."

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Don't Steal My Thunder, $2.99, available at Wet n Wild.
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This 28-color palette features shades of heather gray, ash, tulle, seashell, and more.

Sephora Collection Pro Cool Palette, $68, available at Sephora.
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"The pressed powders come in your standard neutrals (cream, camel, brown) as well as more non-traditional takes on fall trends (mustard brown, reddish clay, and rich teal)," Michaela Rollings, R29 Associate Partnerships Manager, says. "There are also two coppery shades and two duo-chrome shadows, my favorite of which is Kaleidoscope, a cool beige-silver shimmer ideal for that inner-corner highlight all the celebs are wearing."

Colourpop Dream St Pressed Shadow Palette, $16, available at Colourpop.
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Blue Eyes

It's common to look to colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel to make both hues stand out. But, as Luna explains, "The opposite of blue is orange, and that's not the most practical color to wear for everyone." Instead, she recommends choosing shades with orange-y undertones, like terra cotta and bronze.

Viseart Theory Palette in Theory II Minx, $45, available at Sephora.
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These rich, earthy shades will make blue eyes pop, but the hues also look natural enough for every day wear. Plus, this tiny, gold palette is a great toss-in-your-purse compact for intensifying your eyes on the go.

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in Couleurs 04, $60, available at Sephora.
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These neutrals are anything but boring. In this palette, your go-to browns and bronzes are packed with pigment and shimmer.

NARS NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, $59, available at Sephora.
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"Copper, gold, and brick tones really make blue eyes pop," says Turnbow.

ELF Need It Nude Eyeshadow Palette, $10, available at ELF Cosmetics.
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Turnbow recommends looking for colors with a bit of texture to them, explaining that the texture can mimic flecks of color in the eye.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Vintage Vamp, $55, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
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Huda's newest palette features six matte shadows alongside three metallic hues that all feature the same warm red base to make blue eyes brighter than ever before.

Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Mauve, $27, available at Sephora.
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If you’ve been reading about this cult-favorite palette everywhere but haven’t taken the leap just yet, consider this a sign from above. Warm, earthy shades — from the brick-red Realgar to pale, iridescent Vermeer — are ridiculously flattering on blue eyes, so these are practically made for you.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette, $42, available at Sephora.
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Green and Hazel

Green and hazel eyes are very similar in that they share a complementary color of red. "Since there aren't many red shadows on the market, I opt for colors in the rust family," says Luna.

Melt Cosmetics Rust Stack, $58, available at Melt Cosmetics.
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"Hazel and green eyes also look good in plums and purples," says Turnbow.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kuala Lumpur, $36, available at Sephora.
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"Cranberry colors can also really bring out this eye color," says Luna.

Lorac Pocket Pro Palette, $18, available at Lorac.
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The warm, rusty shades in this highly coveted shadow palette are everything you could ever need to make green and hazel eyes look gorgeous. (Provided, of course, that you can get your hands on it.)

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, $54, available at Urban Decay.
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