Pride Month has officially kicked off, which means that beautiful, rainbow-filled celebrations are cropping up across the globe. It’s the perfect time to show some self-love and embrace a colorful, vibrant aesthetic when it comes to your makeup, even if you’re only participating in virtual Pride celebrations this year. Luckily, most of our favorite beauty brands have a bright and bold eyeshadow palette in their lineup, making it easy to create Pride makeup.
Pride is a perfect time to educate yourself on the history of the queer struggle, pay homage to those who fought for hard-earned and still-tenuous rights, and, for allies, learn how to better support your friends. Pride Month is also about celebration and being seen in a culture that often silences the LGBTQ community. So here’s to being our boldest, loudest, and most fabulous selves, starting with some truly vivid eyeshadow stylings.
Nine eyeshadow palettes to help create your Pride look:
1Juvia’s Place Zulu Eyeshadow Palette
Shop it! $20, Ulta.com
This Black-owned beauty brand makes some of the best highly-pigmented eyeshadow palettes out there, and this one is perfect for creating colorful makeup looks for Pride and beyond. It has six matte shades and three metallic ones, so that you can add dimension exactly where you want.
2NYX Professionals Pride Edition Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette
Shop it! $18, Ulta.com
This palette features 16 highly-pigmented eyeshadows that are begging to be worn, and they come in a mix of matte, satin, and metallic finishes. Plus, get two free Pride pins with the purchase of this palette (valid through 6/20).
3MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color Palette Multi-Use Cream Color Palette
Shop it! $99, Sephora.com
While this palette may be pricer than others, the possibilities are literally endless since you can mix the cream shadows to create unique colors. Plus, cream eyeshadows often have more staying power and pigment than their powder-based counterparts. so this is an eyeshadow palette you won’t regret buying.
4Sephora Collection PRO Editorial Palette
Shop it! $68, Sephora.com
With this palette, you’ll get 28 vibrant shades and a how-to tutorial pamphlet written by Sephora makeup artists. The possibilities are endless.
5Tarte @jessiepaege x tarte Let It Rain-Bow Set
Shop it! $22 (orig. $24), TarteCosmetics.com
This colorful mini palette is a collaboration between influencer Jessie Paege and Tarte, featuring eight playful shades. (Pro tip: Wet your makeup brush before applying this eyeshadow for a higher color payoff.) When you purchase this set, you’ll also get a mini Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara, giving you a little more bang for your buck. Plus, Tarte and Paege are donating $25,000 to The Trevor Project, a non-profit that focuses on suicide prevention among the LGBTQ youth.
5BH Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil Palette
Shop it! $20, BHCosmetics.com
This popular palette features 35 stunning shades in a variety of bright and bold hues, plus three neutrals to use as bases and make the colors pop. Go wild!
6Makeup Revolution Revolution X Patricia Bright Rich In Color Shadow Palette
Shop it! $25, Ulta.com
Say hello to your new favorite eyeshadow palette. It features 28 shades that come in a mix of mattes, shimmers and pressed glitter finishes. Personally, we have our eyes set on “Tropicana,” a bright coral; “Yes Peaches,” a neon orange; and “Flames,” a burnt red pressed glitter.
7Violet Voss Sugar Crystal Eyeshadow Palette
Shop it! $42, Sephora.com
If you prefer pastel makeup looks to bolder ones, this eyeshadow palette is for you. It has six colorful base shades, and then 12 others that can be used as toppers or on their own.
8Color Story Bright Blooms Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow Palette
Shop it! $9.99, Target.com
Create your Pride makeup look on-the-go with the help of this palette, which features a built-in mirror. The eyeshadow is formulated with coconut oil, meaning it will also moisturize your lids, but you may want to prevent using it on your face since coconut oil is comedogenic and may cause your skin to break out.
9Morphe 100 GLSEN Up Artistry Palette
Shop it! $18, Morphe.com
If your thing is glittery eyeshadow, consider purchasing this playful palette. It features 10 glittery shades that can be used on their own or as toppers. Even better? 100% of net proceeds will be donated to GLSEN, an organization that focuses on ending discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.