My Favorite Wear-Alone Eyeshadows for this Wonky Winter

I can't deal with wearing multiple shades of shadow at once right now.
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I can't deal with wearing multiple shades of shadow at once right now.

I’d like to give a big ol’ shout out to El Niño for giving us the screwiest winter that I can remember. It’s still dark when I leave for work and when I’m on my way back home, but the temps have been skewing from the low 60s to the low 80s here in New Orleans. I literally never know what to wear. Ugh.

It’s messing with my makeup, too, because some days are so warm that I need to wear the sweat-proof makeup I normally use in summer, and some days are so cold that all I want to do is cuddle up in three blankets and throw on something a little more vampy.

So, in the spirit of complaining about winter, I would like to share with you my favorite one-wash eye shadows. These are the shadows I’ve been reaching for when I’m too lazy and too confused about the weather to use more than one while I’m quickly getting ready for work.

For the warmest days when I’m feeling the laziest.

For the warmest days when I’m feeling the laziest.

On the odd day that it’s been really warm, I’ve been reaching for H&M Colour Essence Eye Cream in Countess. This cream eyeshadow cannot be beat. I’ve tried creamy shadow formulas up and down the price spectrum and this is quite possibly the best.

The barely there color hardly needs any blending.

The barely there color hardly needs any blending.

This shadow barely creases on my oily lids and only fades a little bit through a long day. Plus it’s squishy, so that’s fun, too. 

Countess is a slightly icy shade of pink, which suits itself to winter even when it isn’t unseasonably warm.

An oldie but a goody.

An oldie but a goody.

My favorite shadow out of this bunch is MAC Eye Shadow in Woodwinked. This shadow is my usual go-to for fall or when this winter has ended up feeling fall-like. Worn without a primer it will crease on me, but with any primer it’s pretty much budge-proof.

One shadow, two colors.

One shadow, two colors.

I’m a total sucker for any product that promises to make my life easier or my routine faster, so I picked this shadow because it’s basically a base and crease shadow all in one. This shadow is a duochrome that lends itself to this cool effect where you can pack it on for an antiqued gold color, and blend it out into a rusty brown.

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When the temperatures are finally starting to dip down, I like to turn to darker eyeshadows. The tricky thing about using a darker color all over with no other colors is that it can look very heavy. To combat this I like to apply the shadow heavier around the lash line and blend up instead of packing a darker color all over my mobile lid. 

My intermediate dark color for cozy, not cold days is Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Cocoa Bear.

Having the shadow darkest at the lash line is a softer look.

Having the shadow darkest at the lash line is a softer look.

Cocoa Bear is the absolute warmest brown I’ve ever come across. It’s awesome. The matte formulas from Makeup Geek are excellent for the little $6 price tag. Most low-price matte shadows I’ve used make you work hard to get the product out of the pan and even harder to blend it once you finally have it on your eye. Not with these guys. Seriously, Makeup Geek is amazing.

For the coldest, vampiest days.

For the coldest, vampiest days.

Last but not least, for when it actually feels like winter, I’ve been turning to Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Burlesque. It’s another winner of a formula from Makeup Geek, so I’ll save the fawning because you literally just had to read through that whole soppy thing with Coca Bear.

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I like to think that this red-toned purple brings out the green in my eyes, but I think my green backdrop helps a lot, too. This color is the only one I would be hesitant about wearing into my conservative office, but it gets playtime on the weekends and at night. This is a great big-impact look for the little effort of just patting it on and blending it out.

  • Do your eyeshadow looks change with the weather?
  • Do you ever wear just one eyeshadow? 
  • Has El Niño been messing with you as much as it’s been messing with me?