I thought it would be helpful to put a list together of 10 MAC eyeshadows that would work great with fair/light skin. If you would like to check out the Top 3 MAC Blushes for Fair Skin, click HERE.

Top 10 MAC Lipsticks for Fair Skin

I prefer using the pro pans because it is more cost effective and MUCH easier to store. These are the shadows I think are most important when starting your collection, so enjoy! Click on the pictures to enlarge!

VANILLA (Velvet)

Vanilla is a beautiful ivory with slight pink undertones and my Holy Grail highlight!! It is amazing at blending outcrease work for fair skin and never looks ashy/chalky. Althoughthere appears to have a little sparkle in the pan, it applies nearly matte.

DAZZLELIGHT (Veluxe Pearl)
Dazzlelight is a shimmery highlight that leans slightly yellow. I typically wear this in the inner tear duct area but it also looks great as a browbone highlight.


I adore Naked Lunch! This shade is absolutely beautiful on the lid or as abrow bone highlight. It is described as a minimal pink with shimmer, but on my skin tone it looks like a shimmery beige that almost looks wet.  


KID (Veluxe)

My go-to transition shade. I highly recommend this shadow for ladies thatlike to use matte crease shades. This shade has a warmth to it and helps tobring a sophistication to many of my looks.

CORK (Satin)

Cork is an ideal crease shade. MAC says that it is a Satin, but when appliedit is a medium brown matte shade. .


This eyeshadow is absolutely beautiful! It is a taupe with strong purpleundertones. Also, thefinish is quite metallic, so keep that in mind. I prefer wearing it on the lidbecause it brings out my eye color so well, but you could also use it throughthe crease. It may suit cooler skin tones a bit better but I think it looksgorgeous on just about anyone.

PATINA (Frost)
Patina is so complex… It is an antiqued gold color with green and pinkduochrome. It is considered a frost, but I would say the texture is quitedifficult to describe. I think it is more like a Satin, which is why I thinkthis shadow works well in the crease.

BRONZE (Frost)

Bronze is absolutely perfect. It is a true bronze with shimmer, and doesn’t leanred or orange, which a lot of bronze shades tend to do. The texture,pigmentation, and blendability are superb.

CLUB (Satin)

Another amazing color by MAC! I have a full review on the blog, click HERE to check it out!

HUMID (Frost)

Humid is one of the most amazing colors I have EVER found in ANY brand ofmakeup… If you only have one green eyeshadow, this should be it.

Some other favorites?
  • Sumptuous Olive
  • Era
  • Brun
  • Smut
  • Copperplate



I hope this helped you and enjoy the rest of your day!

NC15, NC20, NC25, NW15, NW20, NW25


  1. Anonymous

    Thanks, and love your website/posts.I am Asian/Chinese with black hair, brown eyes and NC25 skin tone.For a "subtle" office/professional look, which eyeshadow colors look great by itself on the lid?And, would "Vanilla" still be your top pick for highlight color?

  2. Anonymous

    Thanks for the helpful post! Love your makeup tutorials too.


  3. vousetesbelle902

    A very helpful post 🙂 Does Satin Taupe blend out into a slightly orange shade? It looks like a very beautiful color but these kinds of eye shadows don't normally suit me.

  4. vousetesbelle902

    Aw thank you very much! You've been very helpful! 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    I have smut and satin taupe, what would you pair it with? I have green eyes. I usually just use satin taupe on the crease and smut on the outer v…

  6. Püren

    I love Satin Taupe with Naked Lunch. I apply Naked Lunch on my eyelid and Satin Taupe for the outer. Quarry is my favorite for my crease. Have a nice day! x

  7. Chloe Blush

    So helpful, thank you! Helped very much. Do you think bronze is a good 'all over the lid' eye shadow? And were would you usually apply it? x

  8. Nickis Nick-Nackery

    Hi Sarah, great post, really helpful! Do you think Patina would be okay for pale skin with pink/red undertones? I usually avoid gold colours and anything red or orange toned looks awful on me.

    Nicki x

  9. Nickis Nick-Nackery

    Thank you so much, that really helps! I just placed an order =) really tempted by Humid as well! xxx

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