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The Palettes You Need for the Perfect Daytime Smokey Eye

The Palettes You Need for the Perfect Daytime Smokey Eye

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We don't have to convince you a smokey eye is a must-try for an evening affair, but what if we told you the sultry look is also completely doable for daytime wear? With the right color combinations, a little blending, and a subtle smoke, the style once reserved for after hours is now an anytime look. We rounded up six palettes—at every price point—to help you master a sizzling smize.

For those who like variety: 

Products clockwise: Marc Jacobs, Smashbox, elf Cosmetics

Those looking for palettes to take them from day to night, might want to look for options with a wide range of colors to play around with. Marc Jacobs's limited-edition 20-shade palette contains an array of colors perfect for creating a rosy smokey lid as well as a kiss of bronze. Another fantastic option for the variety seeker comes from Smashbox with its Matte Exposure palette, which provides silky shades of violet and pink. Lastly, elf's matte palette is an affordable way to mix and match your nude hues with a touch of smolder. Tip: Apply soft rose hues on the base of the lid and build out with darker pinks and even purples to create that hazy effect.

$$$: Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye Con No 20 Eyeshadow Palette, $99 at Sephora

$$: Smashbox Matte Exposure Palette, $49 at Sephora

$: elf Cosmetics Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette, $10 at Walmart


For those who like simple and sweet:

Products clockwise: Japonesque, Sephora Collection, Catrice

Whether you find a large palette daunting or you simply prefer to stick to shades you know you'll use, a smaller, simple palette might be your best pick! Japonesque's new eight-shade palette contains hues that are meant to be worn together—application tip: blend the terra cotta and chocolate hues together to create a warm sunrise look!  Up for a little eye contouring? Sephora Collection's five-shade palette is ideal for shading and lining. Lastly, we're loving the soft nude offerings from Catrice's new Chocolate Nudes palette. For anyone who prefers a heavier, more pigmented look, this palette is great for adding warm browns to the lid. Application tip: Swipe a little of the shimmering ivory gold color under your brow on on the inner corner of the eye to create a highlighting effect!

$$$: Japonesque Color Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Palette, $38 at Ulta

$$: Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eye Contouring Palette in Medium, $25 at Sephora

$: Catrice Chocolate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette in Choc'Let it Be 10, $6.99 at Ulta


What are your go-to palettes for a daytime smokey eye? Let us know in the comments!

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