The Best Colorful Makeup Palettes for a Playful Take on a Smoky Eye


Bronze and charcoal have long been go-to shades for red carpet eye makeup. But thanks to young actress Rowan Blanchard and her adventurous makeup artist Amy Strozzi, things are changing. Blanchard regularly hits the red carpet with playful looks. Here, Strozzi reveals the best makeup palettes and products to get the look on your own. Shop them all now.


“I love the Romantic palette for it’s pinks and berry shades and the Bad Girl for the greens and blues. So easy to just swipe on the eye with even your finger to create a creamy pop of color.”

MAC Pro Eye Palette in The Romantic, $40,


“Love these as washes of individual color but also in combination; I could easily do 10 different looks from just one of these palettes. Totally worth the investment.”

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in 357 Electrify, $62,


“I love the shades in the Rebellious Flowers palette, lots of great options for a soft eye or adding smokey depth.”

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows 9 Shadow Palette in Rebellious Flowers, $25,


“I love these for a monochromatic look. Some of the shades are almost frosty, and blend together beautifully.”

Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in 100 Ocean Rhapsody, $65,


“This product is probably best for a more experienced person; it can be used as a shadow but the paint like product is also awesome for doing small details around the eye.”

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow, $25,


“These are soft and velvety, and blend together completely to create layered looks with subtle depth. The colors look really gentle and lovely on the eye.”

Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette 500 Jade Fever, $50,


“Tom Ford’s shadows blend seamlessly, and I love that the sparkly shades add a really unique gleam to the eye that is very chic.”

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Seductive Rose, $85,


“This product comes in so many beautiful shades and is easy to apply with a brush or even your finger. Also great as a base for powder shadows.”

Shiseido Shimmer Eye Cream Color, $25,


“I love these Nars shadows for creating beautiful soft washes of color on the eye. I love orange and pink together, or the sea blue with copper on the lower lash line.”

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Méditerranée, $36,


“The perfect quad for a monochromatic smokey eye, with the added bonus of sparkly silver for accents. Blends seamlessly, beautiful wet or dry.”

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 272 Tissé Dimensions, $61,