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The Complete Library Of Eyeshadow and How To Use Them
Finding the perfect match when it comes to makeup can be a matter of searching an entire isle for the right shade along with the right type of eyeshadow during a time when time itself stands still. Choosing a palette or a pan that fits your skin, matches your accessories and lasts can be quite the challenge. Luckily there is a variety of vibrant colors as well as different types of eyeshadow to execute the perfect look for any occasion.
Pressed Powder Eyeshadow
Just like the title, pressed powder eyeshadows are small amounts of pressed powder compacted into a metal pan in either a single or as a palette. For a large palette, Morphe’s Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette includes 35 OMG pressed powder eyeshadows for a mixture of powerful colors that apply easily. ColourPop Shadow Shock comes as single pressed shadow full of vibrant pigment in a metal pan sealed in a pot. While highly pigmented, these soft shadows are used to create a blending effect for soft appearances.
Application: Pressed powder can be used to line the eyes with a small angled brush while larger fluffy brushes can be used blending and flat, firm brushes are used for more concentrated pigment. During application, light sweeping motions help achieve a gentle blending.
Loose Pigment Eyeshadow
Loose shadow are small pots of eyeshadow that come as a fine powder often in matte or shimmer color. Also highly pigmented, loose powder eyeshadow can be used with a binder which can dull the pigment color. NYX offers a variety of over 30 shimmering loose powders that create bold looks on the eyes and cheeks.
Application: Loose powder is often used sparingly so a small amount of powder is often sifted onto the lid of the pot or a mixing tray prior to initial application. Once the brush is dipped into the pot or mixing tray, tap off any excess product to avoid over pigmentation with a brush that has a long handle but short bristles.
Cream shadow is an eyeshadow that produces a metallic, almost shimmery base but is crease-less and lasts all day. Often recognized for being smudge-proof and water resistant, cream eyeshadow is versatile and can be found in pots, tubes and palettes. Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Duo Chrome comes in three shades of multi-color, multidimensional creams for a pearlescent sparkle.
Application: Cream shadow has a different texture than powder, so it will need a more even finish. Some use their fingers with a cream eyeshadow, however, this can cause streaking, so a small synthetic shadow brush is recommended to keep the natural oils in your fingers from causing streaks or creases. A slanted eyeliner brush can be used to apply as an eyeliner as well.
Simple as it is, liquid shadows are known for the simplicity as they are often found at retailers in a tube with its own applicator and looks like lip gloss by packaging. Liquid shadows accomplish a simple self-setting smooth application. Some liquid shadows come in colors that can also be used as a highlighter as well. STILA Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow comes in 11 shimmering colors that can worn without use of a base or primer.
Application: Liquid Eyeshadow comes with an applicator that resembles one like a lip gloss applicator and helps avoid any type of spill off. Once liquid shadow it on the applicator, the shadow can be dabbed with your fingers or a brush to blend it in.
Stick shadow looks like a wide colored pencil. Although not sharpened to a point but a gentle rounded point, the shadow applies directly on the eyes without any work. Easily doubling up as an eyeliner, it is easy to use stick shadow for eyeshadow or to create a smokey eye look. NARS Velvet Shadow Stick comes in 15 shades guaranteed to provide a smooth glide with the twist of the stick.
Application: Stick shadow does not require any additional products to apply. Easily apply a line from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner and blend to the crease for an easy smokey appearance.
Eyeshadow Base and Primer
While some can get away with using their foundation primer as an eyeshadow base, eye shadow primer is specifically for eyeshadow to last longer and crease prevention. Application is used around the eyes as well as under for those using eyeliner as well. Eyeshadow base primary use is to make colors more vibrant. For best results when using both products, apply the primer prior to the base before eyeshadow application.