Quick Makeup Tip: Best Way to Apply Baked Eye Shadows
MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Pink Split is the shadow I used for demonstration of how to get a glittery, low-pigment baked shadow to come out intense and dimensional. Used dry, you get a super-sheer lightweight speckle of glittery translucence, and trying to build it up by buffing in more product only ends up giving you tons of fallout.
Dampening a shadow brush into water and then dipping it into the shadow before buffing it over the skin will allow the product to go on almost like a gel-based shadow, and if you’re using a particularly sparkly shadow with multi-facets, it goes on like Chanel Illusion D’Ombre and is gorgeous.
- Dampen your brush and not the eye shadow directly as over-wetting a shadow can make it crumble under pressure
- If you are using something with humectant (water-holding) properties such as Fix+, or any setting or moisturizing spray containing ingredients other than pure water (eg. glycerin), you MIGHT end up sealing over the surface of your shadow. After that, you will not be able to use the shadow dry anymore.
- Not all pressed (flat) shadows respond well to this, especially mattes.
- You can dampen a flat brush and dip it into shadow, before using it as a liner.
- It’s easier to use a flat brush to smooth and blend out the foiled shadow.