The 50 Best Colorful Eyeshadow Ideas to Try Right Now

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The 50 Best Colorful Eyeshadow Ideas to Try Right Now
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When Pocahontas dreamily sang, “can you paint with all the colors of the wind?” she clearly wasn’t talking to a bunch of cold-weather haters, bracing themselves for the dismal, monochromatic abyss of winter. From October to February, the most-colorful thing you’ll see on a human being is the green logo of their Starbucks cup, and that fact makes us sad as hell.

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So we’re ignoring it. We’re saying screw it to the beauty “norm” and to our usual lineup of neutral brown eyeshadows and barely-there liners, and we’re diving face first into color—bright, amazingly beautiful and mesmerizing color. From burnished-orange powders to metallic-blue creams, we’ve picked out the best, most-wearable eyeshadows that literally anyone and everyone should be wearing this season.

And the best part about them? The more haphazardly they’re applied, the edgier and more and purposeful they look. So scroll down for approximately one billion eyeshadow ideas and recommendations (we’re nothing if not thorough), then go forth and paint with reckless abandon. And then come back and tell us what Pocahontas was really singing about.

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MAC eyeshadow in Sketch, $16; at MAC

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Motives Paint Pot Mineral Eyeshadow in Rust, $23; at Motives

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NYX Cosmetics Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Heat, $5; at Ulta

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Make Up For Ever Star Powder in Yellow Gold, $20; at Make Up For Ever

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Tarte Tarteist Metallic Shadow in Hussy, $14; at Tarte

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Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow singles in Pasiphae, $29; at Nars Cosmetics

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Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Mango Shake, $10; at Sephora

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Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey in Tangerine, $21; at Ardency Inn

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Ulta Mimosa Demi Eyeshadow, $2; at Ulta

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Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Electric Warrior, $21; at Kat Von D Beauty

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L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in Golden Emerald, $7; at L'Oréal Paris

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Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Reveuse, $31; at Sephora

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Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow in What Do You Sea, $5; at Ulta

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Clinique Lid Pop in Aqua Pop, $17; at Clinique

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Ulta Brilliant Color Eyeshadow in Purple, $10; at Ulta

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Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow and Powder in Electric Purple, $21; at Make Up For Ever

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Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single in Party Girl, $12; at Sephora

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball, $19; at Urban Decay

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Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Fuschia Pink, $5; at Milani

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