Intelligent Beauty

How to match your palette to your personality

Whether you’re a budding Botticelli or a mermaid-in-the-making, we’ve matched you to your must-have eye-enhancer…

If you’re a modern-day Venus de Milo

Chances are, you’ve bought an inflatable shell to lounge on in the waves as you comb out your tumbling mane… all whilst (scantily) clad in a sequinned bikini. Enhance your Daryl Hannah c. ‘Splash’ vibes with Lime Crime’s mermaid-inspired {HI-LITE Palette} – a trio of shimmering, siren-esque shades from pearl pink to turquoise. You’ll bring all the boys to the beach…

If you’re a (bit of a) drama queen

Complement your tempestuous nature with something slightly dark and stormy. The {Venus II Eyeshadow Palette} is as extreme as your personality – sparkling one second, thunderous the next. With ‘pops’ of shimmering colour – teal, saffron and ultramarine – alongside an array of moody hues (maroon, rust and inky blue-black), this is the perfect way to play up your split-personality.

If you give good resting b*tch face

For those whose favourite method of expression is one elegantly elevated eyebrow, make sure yours are beautifully groomed with {Anastasia Beverly HillsPro Series Brow Palette}. The perfect way to throw exactly the right shade of shade, look down on those unworthy of your air-space with this comprehensive kit. Pix-and-mix to achieve an exact eyebrow match (then use the surplus colours to enhance your eyelids).

If you’re more ‘girl next door’

Unleash your inner Kate Moss-in-the-90s-side with one of Stila’s stunning {Perfect Me Perfect Hue} palettes – each with an array of understated colours to achieve an enviable, Corinne Day aesthetic. With eye and cheek powders to flatter every skin tone, it’s easy to create a set of model-worthy cheekbones for an ingénue-off-duty look.

If you’re a budding Botticelli

Hone your artistic skills and create an array of mesmer-eyes-ing make up masterpieces with Lime Crime’s {Venus XL Palette}. Starring 18 pigment-rich powders – from pale gold to rich sunset shades – the only limit is the scope of your imagination. Contained in a decadent case adorned with a Botticelli original (sort of), this is the pro palette for all the die-hard make up aficionados.

If you’re a child of the ’80s

You’ll be needing Huda’s diva-worthy {Gemstones Obessions}; a slimline collection of oooh-inducingly beautiful, shimmering eyeshadow shades to upgrade your every after-hours outfit. With nine jewel-toned hues from opal to emerald via glimmering sapphire blue, the sleek, slimline edit fits neatly inside the teeniest minaudière – great when your wardrobe adopts a strict ‘no pocket’ policy (“Hello, catsuit my old friend!”). 


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…