Beauty Thought Leader: Elise Marquam-Jahns
Do you have a top, pants, or dress in your clothes closet that you always reach for when you have an important meeting or event?
One that you don’t have to fuss with in any way? One that feels effortless to slip into and which you just know will help you feel your confident best? Well, I’m pretty sure that most of us can think of one or two outfits that fit this description. But what I’m going to focus on today is not a piece of clothing that helps us feel our best, but an eyeshadow palette that helps us in exactly the same way.
“My go-to, foolproof eyeshadow palette that I recommend is one from the brand Juvia’s Place.”
Foolproof Eyeshadow Palette:
You might assume that this eyeshadow palette would be an expensive eyeshadow palette—like one from Pat McGrath or Natasha Denona. Nope, that’s not the case. You might also assume that it’s quite a large palette. Well, that’s not the case either. My go-to, foolproof eyeshadow palette that I recommend is one from the brand Juvia’s Place. It’s their Warrior II nine-pan all matte eyeshadow palette.
Now you might be wondering what makes this palette so foolproof. And I’m glad you asked! First, all the colors work together amazingly well. They are all complementary to each other which means you can blend any of them together and they’ll work. And, there is a mix of cool, warm, and neutral shades with five of the nine colors falling into the “warm” category. And the range of tones runs from light to medium to dark.
All 9 Shades:
This mix of warm, neutral and cool tones and the mix of shades ranging from light to dark means that this palette is incredibly versatile because there are so many different kinds of looks that can be created. There is also a white and a black so any of the colors in this palette can be lightened or darkened which also adds to this palette’s versatility.
“These colors are so easy to blend together.”
Also, these colors are so easy to blend together. Usually, the descriptions of makeup products contain a lot of hyperbole—but in this case the description is absolutely correct. It reads: “All 9 shades are highly-complementary, easy to blend and even easier to wear color that will transform every makeup look into something totally flawless–and completely eye-catching.” This is definitely an accurate description.
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In the video, I’ll share with you the photo of all the colors and then swatch them for you. First, starting in the top row is Yodit which is a dark mustard brown. In the center of the top row is Kufuru which is described as syrup brown.
“The first look is my favorite “go to” look.”
And the last color on top is Walzana which is an iron-gray. In the middle row is Daura which is a salmon coral, Zama which is orange, and Jamata is a red brown. On the bottom row is Shawata which is a charcoal black, Kana which is a rosy dove gray and Zaz which is eggshell white.
The first look is my favorite “go to” look. I first applied Zaz, the eggshell color, across both my lids, under the arch of my brows and on the inner corners of my eyes. Next, I placed Kana–which is a neutral color– in the crease and then added in some of the Yodit– which is the dark mustard brown– to the outer part of the crease. Then I stamped those two colors mixed together onto the outer part of the lid.
Next, I mixed the colors Kufuru and Jamata and stamped them on the outer edge of the crease and outer part of the eyelid. Then, I mixed the salmon coral color with the orange color on a pencil brush and applied just a very small amount in the middle of my crease to brighten and give some interest to that area. I mixed the iron grey and charcoal black together for eyeliner.
“There is a companion palette to the Warrior II palette simply called the Warrior Palette.”
On The Fly:
I created the second look “on the fly” with the following colors:
- Kana (rosy dove gray) as my transition color in the crease
- Jamata (red brown) on my outer eyelid and crease
- Walzana (iron gray) on outer eyelid and crease to add a little more drama
- Added more Zaz (eggshell white) to the lid to brighten it and blend into the outer crease colors
- Combined Walzana and Shawata (charcoal black) for eyeliner
- Combined Yodit (dark mustard brown) and Jamata (red brown) for outer 1/3 under the eye
But, we’re not done quite yet. There is a companion palette to the Warrior II palette simply called the Warrior Palette. It has three mattes, two shimmers, and four metallics. In the video, I added some of the shimmers and metallics from this complementary Warrior Palette to “amp up” the two looks I created with the Warrior II palette:
Darker Matte Eyeshadow Palette:
On the left eye where I used darker matte colors, I used these darker metallics:
- Benin (metallic golden taupe) on the outer corner
- Dahomey (metallic russet gold) on the inner corner and middle of the lid
- Moremi (metallic white gold) in the middle and inner corner
On the right eye:
- Idia (shimmer butterscotch) on the outer corner
- Amina (shimmer macaroon) in the center
- Moremi (metallic white gold) in the center
I hope you found this article and video helpful. And I hope you’ll share what eyeshadow palette you use that gives you a foolproof look.
About the Author:
Elise Marquam-Jahns is a professional, working makeup-artist who is passionate about helping women 45+ get their glow back. In addition to her work as a makeup artist for a major cosmetics line, she founded Boomer and Beyond Beauty. Be sure to check out Elise’s YouTube channel which specifically focuses on makeup tips, techniques, and product reviews for those of us 45+. Don’t forget to subscribe! Elise is also an author and speaker and hosts Normandale Community College’s monthly Learning Well Edge Talk Radio show where she interviews experts in the field of health and wellness. And, if you’d like to receive more inspiration each week, check out my weekly newsletter. To get your copy, just drop me an email at [email protected] to let me know you’d like to receive it.