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Getting your makeup done well is tricky business, but choosing the right colours makes all the difference. These makeup palettes have been carefully selected for you, makeup aficionados. By Najwa Abdullah.

1. Eye Shadow

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Sephora Colorful Eye Shadow Portfolio | $599 | sephora.com
Revlon Photo Ready Eye Shadow | $11 | revlon.com
Sephora Smokey Eyes Palette | $11 | sephora.com

Make your eyes stand out by having a range of dazzling eyeshadow colours in your beauty kit. If you’re confident with your colour wheel deconstructing skills, go boldly for a big eyeshadow palette of over 60 colours, and a price tag to match. Alternatively, a more limited eyeshadow palette will work just as well, especially if you’re pressed for time preparing for an evening out. We recommend smoky and warm brown shades.

2. Lip Palette

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NYX The It List Natural Lip Glosses | $20 | nyxcosmetics.com
MAC Pro Lip Palette/ 6 Editorial Reds | $40 | maccosmetics.com
Bobbi Brown Artist Palette for Lips  | $220  | bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Having a selection of neutral-coloured lip glosses is a must for your daily application. For special occasions, select a lip palette with more specific selections of your favourite colour (red shades are a must, though). For more adventurous exploration, try made-for-pro kits with over 50 shades to get endless looks.

3. Cheek Palette

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Lancome Star Bronzer Palette | $42 | lancome-usa.com
Kryolan Blusher Palette  | $105 | global.kryolan.com
Covergirl Clean Glow Blush | $9 | covergirl.com

For a cool, modern taupe look, pick a blusher palette with warm peach and chocolate colours, and throw in a gold bronzer. Having a few other shades to choose from will also help when it comes to trying different and edgier looks.

4. Foundation Palette

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Make Up For Ever 11 Foundation Palette | $113 | makeupforever.com
Bobbi Brown BBU Palette | $250 | bobbibrowncosmetics.com
SHANY Cosmetics Concealer and Foundation Palette | $25 | shanycosmetics.com

Choosing the right foundation is tricky: the wrong shade can sometimes veer into Kabuki makeup territory, but without it you may look dull and unpolished. Make sure that your face looks flawless even under the unforgiving glare of the office’s fluorescent lighting. Having a wide range of foundation and concealer shades is a good start to finding the right tone and blemish coverage for your skin.

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