Pretty Palettes

Whether you’re pressed for time, on the go, or just completely clueless about combining colors, this week we’ve rounded up pretty makeup palettes for all.

Cosmetic palettes range from complete pre-packaged sets that contain all you would ever need to look perfect -- think mascara to lip balm -- to pre-coordinated hues that take the guesswork out of putting your best face forward by serving up complementary colors, makeup artist approved.

Travel Pretty

On safari in Kenya or braving that concrete jungle called Manhattan, two of our favorite palettes are the ideal travel companions.

Lauren Hutton’s “Passport to Africa” serves up everything you need to look gorgeous without sacrificing substance for style. The set, housed in a leather-bound passport case, includes six concealers, two multi-use face colors for lips and cheeks, lip balm, bronzer, pressed powder, blush, brow shadow and several contour shadows, plus a lengthening mascara. This virtual beauty bounty is all contained in the super sleek case that puts everything needed to look great at your fingertips. Appropriate for all ages and skin types, “Passport to Africa” comes in three shades including Light for pink or yellow toned skin, Medium for warmer yellow or olive complexions and Dark for brown skin tones; $60 at

Tarte’s limited edition “Prêt-à-Porter” palette is dressed in faux crocodile and ready to take on your toughest time crunch cosmetic challenge. Truly ready-to-wear, the set is available in two complete looks inspired by fashion week in New York and Paris, aptly named “i love new york” and “paris, mon amour.” Each kit contains several eyeshadows, lipsticks, and blush choices as well as mascara, eyeliner and makeup brushes.
“i love new york” is ideal for warm toned skin with its collection of hues ranging from honeyed-peaches to shimmering olives.  “paris, mon amour” complements cool-toned skin with a variety of rose-hued blushes and lipsticks paired with sparkling plum and grey shadows; $44 at

Haute Hues

Convenience has its place, but some of us need professional advice; think expert answers to those burning questions such as, “Can I pair a cream contour shadow with a gold highlight shadow?” Yes, you can, thanks to these pretty palettes, coordinated by the professionals and designed to take the guesswork out of combining colors gorgeously.

Tricia Sawyer, a celebrity makeup artist and the name behind the Tricia Sawyer cosmetic collection, offers up her four-pack eyeshadow palette called “The Essentials” alongside a healthy serving of A-list advice for looking red carpet ready. Calling the colors universally flattering for all skin tones, Sawyer swears she’s used “The Essentials” on every actress she’s ever beautified from Kate Beckinsale to Scarlet Johansson; $36 at

Another favorite is Cargo’s “Eye Shadow ColorCards,” long wearing shadow wardrobes that contain five blendable shades that pack a punch.  From Paradise Island, a highly wearable collection of rose, peach and bronze shadows to Egypt, an exotic collection boasting vibrant blues, emerald, chartreuse and gold, these “ColorCards” make eye-popping beauty attainable for all;  $28 at



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