Summer Eye Palettes to Beat The Triple-Digit Heat

by Amanda Fung

Just because it’s scorching hot out, doesn’t mean “it’s pointless to put on makeup” and “makeup is a waste of time with this mask on.”  You can keep your eyes looking fierce even when the rest of your face is covered this summer with these bold, glowy and fresh palettes perfect for the summer extremes. 

Mothership VIII: Divine Rose II by Pat McGrath Labs

This palette, expertly curated by Black-owned Pat McGrath Labs is sure to elevate your look whatever the occasion. Pat McGrath, who was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to the fashion and beauty industry by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is an iconic figure in the makeup world with over two decades of experience curating runway shows, developing luxury brands (including hers!) and creating looks for editorial spreads.

$125,, available at Sephora (3241 M St NW)

Highly Pigmented Eye Shadow Palette by Jackque Mgido

Aimed at women of all colors and all skin types from all over the world, Black-owned Jackque Mgido, named after its founder, gives your makeup collection a flash of vibrant colors, like the ones in this palette, that are sure to pop.


Do it for the Graham by Beauty Bakerie

Black-owned and -led Beauty Bakerie is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to empowering men and women of color through cruelty-free, vegan and paraben free makeup, revolutionizing how makeup shades are numbered. This palette is no exception.


The Nubian 3 Coral Palette by Juvia’s Place

The Nubian 3 Coral Palette Juvia’s Place, a brand created to “celebrate the rebels, rulers and queens of the African kingdoms of long ago”, will harness the power of its pigments and metallics to give your eyes an incredible shine.


Riviera Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills

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This palette, made by cruelty-free makeup giant Anastasia Beverly Hills, is inspired by paradise so you can bring the Mediterranean coastline to you this summer.


5 Couleurs in 241 Imagination by Dior

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Summer rays and let’s face it, sweat mean the need for super long-lasting makeup. Turn to this Dior palette for a rich and dramatic look with a “second-skin” finish that will stay on for hours on end thanks to its non-powdery formula.


Eye Color Quad 311 by Clé de Peau Beauté

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If you’re going for a sophisticated summer, Clé de Peau Beauté’s palette with light reflecting technology will ensure your eyes will pop and shine with incredible dimension.


Amethyst Crystal Gemstone Palette by Aether Beauty

Organic and vegan makeup brand, Aether Beauty’s Amethyst Crystal Gemstone palette will do more than dress up your eyes. The amethyst powder, organic sea buckthorn oil and organic lavender oil in the shadow will detoxify your skin, prevent blemishes, and reduce redness. All proceeds from the sales of this palette go towards The Coalition for Clean Air.


Couture Eyeshadow Palette Urban Escape Edition by Yves Saint Laurent

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This tiny but mighty couture palette will revitalize your eyes this summer with a crease-free and long-lasting cool and edgy look, inspired by the adventure of an urban landscape.


Starry Eyes to Hypnotise by Charlotte Tilbury

This limited edition palette by celebrity and makeup artist favorite, Charlotte Tilbury, brings glow to a whole new level with its buildable shades and metallic pigments that will last you from dusk till dawn.


Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow in Provocouture 710 by Marc Jacobs

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This ultra-luxe, long-wearing Marc Jacobs palette will complement your summer nights perfectly with its dusty colors, giving your smoky eye a magenta-colored twist.


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