Types of Eyeshadows
Makeup just wouldn’t be half as fun without eyeshadow
The eyeshadow colors come either in matte or pearl consisting a base filler, binder, pigment and sometimes preservatives
Base filler: Talc, Mica or kaolin clay are the most common to help give volume and allow other ingredients to blend well
Binder: Zinc or Magnesium which helps powder adhere together or to the skin
Pigment: Various ingredients create color from mica pigments to vegetable, fruit and ochre sources
Preservatives: Most common are glycol (alcohol) or tocopherol (vitamin E). Helping to prevent bacteria growth. Usually not in natural and or mineral makeup.
Additional: These easily slide over the skin – wax, oils, silica, nylon, dimethicone, boron nitride (a ceramic material), or bismuth oxychloride
Possibly harmful: Talc, bismuth oxychloride, and dimenthicone
Types of Eyeshadow
Best for: Oily skin and people who are exploring eyeshadow for the first time.
They contain binder ingredients which help solidify in a small pan. They are the most common form of eyeshadow, because they are less messy than loose eyeshadow and easy to apply. They can build the color from soft/light to heavy/dark.
Best for: Oily skin and extra depth of color.
Although similar to pressed eyeshadow the one vital difference is that there are no binding ingredients. Great for adding extra pigment especially when using loose pigments (ex. MAC). Pressed application rather than swiping motion.
Cream/Long wear Eyeshadow
Best for: Dry skin, is not messy, long wear and easy to apply with fingers.
There is more of binding ingredients in cream eyeshadow creating moist texture. For long wear and moist: beeswax, castor oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and silicone are used. Once the application is dried, the ingredients help it bond with the skin. To avoid creasing apply primer beforehand.
Best for: No applicator needed, dry skin, and convenient.
Crayon eyeshadows are similar to cream eyeshadows (see above) but no brush is needed. Application is hassle free and crayons are handy. They also work as eyeliners.
Best for: Those allergic to waterproof polymers or binder ingredients. Helps with skin soothing properties.
It is a lighter and more natural option to eyeshadows. Due to containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide properties, it is gentler on skin and can work as a skin protectant but do not rely on it as your only source of SPF. The downside is that there are not as many color options nor does it last as long.
Best for: Dry or mature skin. Long wearing.
Mousse makeup is essentially similar to cream makeup except there is air whipped into it making it light and fluffy. It is smooth and weightless.
Best for: Sparkle and texture
They come in either small or large particles. Flexible in use – body, face. To keep in place apply primer or cream. The one downside is that removal is hard on skin especially sensitive skin.
Aim: Use eyeshadow to help accentuate your eyes