Kat Von D Shade + Light Eyeshadow Palette Tutorial

I’ve waited for what seemed like forever for a company to come out with an all matte eyeshadow palette that included every neutral shade that I could ever want and Kat Von D finally made it happen! In case you missed last week’s review where I completely raved about this Shade + Light eye palette, you can catch up on that here. As promised at the end of that post, I’m sharing a tutorial using that palette. There are technically three quads with neutral, cool, and warm-toned shades, but I decided to just play around with the colors and show you one of the many different ways this palette can be used.
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We can’t start off our eyelook without doing a little prep work. I primed my eyes with my favorite Milani eyeshadow primer and made sure my eyelids didn’t crease as it dried. Once it was set, I used the shade Laetus as a base and just applied that with a very fluffy eyeshadow brush. The fluffier the brush, the better for this step because you only want to lightly sweep this powder over the lid and not pack it on.
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To create the beautiful soft definition in the crease that will help everything look blended in the end, I carelessly applied Ludwin with a Morphe MB23 brush. I made sure to go slightly above the browbone and over the outer half of my crease and eyelid. Although these shadows are incredibly pigmented, this is one you don’t really have to worry about tapping off your brush with because it’s still light enough that you’d actually have to try to mess it up.
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Because I can’t help myself when I’m working with palettes, I mixed Samael and Solas together on a blending brush from the Sephora Professional Collection. I applied that on the outer half of my lid, but focused most of the pigment on the outer corner to keep the darker colors on the end. To mix colors like this, I lightly dip my brush in each shade, tap off the excess product, and start blending. The colors will mix together as you work in circular motions on the eyelid. Then, of course, make sure you go in with a clean fluffier brush afterwards to blend even more.
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We don’t want things looking too top heavy on the upper lid, so I took Ludwin again and brought that on the lower lashline to balance everything out. I applied it with a Royal & Langnickel BOM-18 detail brush that I received in February’s Boxycharm. I didn’t do anything too dramatic for my eye shape, but made sure it would be enough to just barely be noticeable after eyeliner.
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Moving on to the rest of the eyelid, I again mixed two shades together because I couldn’t make up my mind. I wanted Lucius because of it’s brighter, neutral tone but also wanted Latinus to bring in more warm tones to tie everything together with Ludwin. As usual, I applied these shades with my finger first and then blended everything out with another Royal & Langnickel brush, the BOM-40 shader brush.  
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To brighten up the very inner corner of my eye and my browbone, I went into Liberatus which is the brightest white shade in the palette. It creates the perfect amount of dimension between the other bright shades that we just applied on the eyelid to really catch the light. I used the same BOM-18 detail brush for my inner corner and a Morphe M208 brush for my browbone area.
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Now we’re on the final stretch! Using such natural shades that are in this palette, the options for eyeliner are endless. You could use a brown or black to stay on the neutral side, or you could use a dark jewel tone such as green, purple, or blue. I decided to just keep it simple and used a Pacifica eyeliner in Fringe which is a beautiful darker brown. The quality on this pencil is amazing and I definitely recommend checking it out. And remember, anything you do in liquid, cream, gel, or pencil, you should always set with a powder. So I used Shax and Sytry on an angled eyeliner brush from Ecotools.
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Finishing up by curling the lashes and adding a bagillion coats of mascara, and we should be done. Right now, I’m in the process of finishing up this sample size of Benefit’s Bad Gal mascara and I have to say it’s definitely not my favorite. Their Roller Lash is much better! If you’d like to see more of my mascara routine, you can find all those details here.
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Here’s a close-up of what the final product looks like:
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And our typical quick reference guide reviewing every step we just did:
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I seriously cannot get enough of this palette! If you’re hesitant to spend so much money on a high-end eyeshadow palette like I was, this is the one I would say is worth every single penny. It has very sturdy packaging, every neutral shade you could ever want, and the quality is beyond amazing. I’m in love!!

If you re-create this look, please tag me on social media (links are listed below). I’d love to see what you come up with! Also, if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in future tutorials, feel free to leave those for me in the comments section! Have a beautiful day ♥

~Christina~

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    1. This was my first time trying anything from her brand and I am so impressed!!

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