You may wonder if there is a difference between loose powder eyeshadow and eye shadow pigment and how to use them for the best effect.
Loose Powder Eye Shadow
Loose powder eye shadow has been developed by a number of cosmetic companies to provide a more vibrant and versatile makeup to enhance the eyes than everyday dense eye shadows. Some have been mixed with fillers or other ingredients that add to the ease of application.
Eye Shadow Pigments
Eye shadow pigments are also fine powder based and, in most cases, pure and unadulterated with any kind of filler. Some pigments can be used as makeup for other areas of the face.
In short, there is no basic difference between pigments and powders sold as eye makeup, only the manufacturers packaging, additional filler ingredients and, above all, the marketing strategy for their product. However, pigment or powder has the advantage over traditional eye shadow makeup in that it can be applied in a more defined way although it must be applied with considerable care to avoid spilling onto other areas of the face where it is not wanted.
Most, but not all, pigments and powders have high colour intensity or shimmer, with variations in both texture and quality. What will suit one person may not suit another so don’t be afraid to experiment with brands as well as colours until you feel comfortable with your choices.
The art of applying pigments and powders takes some mastering, some are easier than others but taking the time to get familiar with the technique will be rewarded by the stunning effects that you can create around your most noticed feature.
How to apply pigment and loose powder
- First use a base primer or your usual dense eye shadow. This will prepare your lids and make it easier for the loose or pigment powder to get a fix. Which one you use will depend upon the effect you wish to obtain.
- Use a densely packed soft bristled brush with a tapered rounded edge to dip into the powder or pigment and then gently blow or tap off any surplus.
- Brush across your lid while carefully blending in.
Using a damp brush packed with pigment on or around the lids can give a bright, ‘in your face’ bold look. With an angled eyeliner brush you can achieve a very colourful and personalised eyeliner effect.
Always apply with a brush and not your fingers otherwise you could end up with a very messy face.
Eye shadow pigments have many other makeup uses because of their purer form. They are available in a large variety of colours that will not deteriorate in time and they represent, in general, better value for money than loose powder eye shadow. Both pigment and loose powders can be purchased in inexpensive packs of 12, 24 or more colours so experimenting to find those that suit you best is not going to break the bank.