Bourjois, Bobbi Brown, MAC Pigment
Have you ever rubbed and scrubbed away at an eyeshadow that yields little colour or pigment? Or maybe sometimes you just feel like tossing out an eyeshadow that doesn’t show up much on your skin.
Before you toss it into the bin, try this:-
- Wet your eyeshadow brush, then squeeze out the water so its just damp.
- Use your damp brush to pick up colour from one corner of the eyeshadow.
- Apply it to your eyelid like normal.
In most cases, you will find that the colour will appear brighter or more pigmented. Sometimes, depending on the brand or make, you might find that it gives a more metallic look, which may work well.
Here is a picture showing the eyeshadows in the picture above, used wet. The dry version is on the left, the wet version is on the right. You will notice that the wet version yields more colour and shimmer.
Other uses for using an eyeshadow wet, is as eye liner or for tightlining your eyes.
However, not all eyeshadows can be used wet. Cream eyeshadows for one, cannot be used wet. Based on my experience, sometimes, using an eyeshadow wet just makes it more sheer or light, rather like how it is with watercolour painting.
The best eyeshadows to be used wet are those that say they can be used wet (Bourjois and Bobbi Brown come to mind) or loose powder eyeshadow or loose pigments. In these brands, using the eyeshadow wet intensifies the colour and pigment and brings out the metallic shine. However, if you see the picture of my Bobbi Brown eyeshadow with a corner of it used wet one time above, you will notice that the texture has changed. It became harder and less pigmented.
If you want to try using an eyeshadow wet, do beware the following:-
- The texture of the eyeshadow may change. I’ve had my eyeshadows crumble or turn hard. Looks awful.
- Do not wet the eyeshadow – only wet the brush and then only leave it damp not dripping.
- Let the eyeshadow dry thoroughly before storing away to prevent bacterial growth. Powder products have less tendency to encourage bacteria to grow but once it is wet its a different story.
Personally, I dislike using my eyeshadows wet. Part of the reason might be due to the fact I use my fingers to apply my shadows. The other reason would probably be that I dislike how the texture changes and makes my eyeshadow pan look awful.
Other options instead of using water are eye drops or contact lens solution (apparently they help the colour adhere better) or a product like Make Up For Ever’s Eye Seal. Eye Seal has a different function but the concept is the same. However, the easiest and fastest medium is still water which is easily available and doesn’t cost anything (well, nearly nothing anyway :) )
Have you any tips for using eyeshadows wet?