Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How to use Mineral Makeup Eye Shadow and Eyeliner Wet or Dry

Mineral makeup is a widely used mineral based powder form cosmetic. Powder mineral makeup includes mineral foundation, bronzers, blushes, eye shadows and liners, brow fillers, concealer and more. The selection of mineral makeup is ever growing. Cosmetic companies are expanding their repertoire of mineral makeup to include an amalgam of colors and products to give different finishes.

When applying mineral eye shadow, there are a few rules you need to stick too. While makeup counter workers will tell you never to apply foundation to the eyes, that rule applies only to liquid foundations. It is perfectly acceptable to apply moisturizer, a very light layer of primer and mineral foundation to the eye as a base in order to get a better, more lasting finish. But remember, if you apply a primer on the eye, your makeup will set quickly. There is very little room for error when using primer under your base.

There are many guides online to teach you how to apply eye makeup in a way that works best for your eye shape, age, skin type and color. It is best to practice a few different styles to figure out what works best for you.

Mineral eye shadows can be used wet or dry. Applying shadow dry allows for a softer, more easily blended, sexy look. When going for the smoky eye, use dry shadow. If you are looking for subtle eyeliner, apply neutral brown or grey shadow with a super thin eyeliner brush. I like to use a dark brown shadow as a liner and use a base eyelid color one or two shades lighter. I lightly dust a sheer shimmering shadow for a great night time look.

Wet shadow is typically used when you want a bright, fun, long lasting look. Once the shadow dries, it's there all day. It doesn't blend easily, so you must have a steady, quick hand when applying. Practice makes perfect.

Some women use silicone based agents to dampen their shadows, but water works just as well and will cut down on your makeup costs. Simply blend the shadow and water and apply with organic cosmetic brushes, or whatever eye shadow brushes you have available to you. It is never a good idea to use foam tip applicators with wet eye shadow. They will absorb the product and give a very amateurish finish. To use a wet shadow as a liner, simply apply a wet shadow a few shades darker than what you are using on the lid. It can be applied using a super thin brush.

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