Spotlight on… eye shadow
Feeling like you need to consult a dictionary to figure out which eye shadow textures do what? We’re not surprised, beauties. With so many on the market, it’s a wee bit difficult to know which one does what, and which product will give you the effect you’re after.
Well, close that heavy, definition-filled book because everything you need to know is right here. We’ve rounded up eight of the most popular eye shadow textures and created an easy-to-understand explanation for each one, just so you can feel like a complete smarty pants next time you find yourself pondering over which eye shadow formula is best for you.
Let’s get on with it, shall we?
METALLIC: this type of eye shadow finish is exactly like it sounds – intense and foil-like. You’ll usually find them in hues of silver, gold, bronze and copper, and they’re typically highly pigmented, therefore leaving an eye-catching sheen across your lids.
MATTE: if you’re after a neutral, natural look, matte textures are your best bet. They are generally highly pigmented, but have no shine, no shimmer, no frost, no gloss. Because of this, they do not reflect the light, making them perfect for shading and contouring.
CREAM: this lightweight texture is best for those with mature skin, or those looking for a glowy, skin-like finish. They’re super-easy to apply and actually have lengthy staying power. Make the most of this by prepping the lid with a primer beforehand and a light dusting of translucent powder once finished.
FROST: frosted eye shadows have their good points and their bad points. Consisting of reflecting particles that produce a ultra-sheeny, pearly finish, they can be used to highlight certain areas of the eye – think inner v’s and brow bones – but they can also sink into fine lines and wrinkles and accentuate them. They’re iridescent and usually found in pastel hues.
SATIN: this little poppet is somewhat like a matte texture, but with a soft, subtle satiny finish. (Obviously.) It’s perfect for all skin types, allows for intense colour coverage and highlighting, but isn’t as overwhelming as frosted shadows.
MINERAL: light and silky on the skin, mineral eye shadows are highly pigmented, meaning a little product goes a very long way. Applied in the same way as traditional shadows, they’re also perfect for those with sensitive skin.
BAKED: the beauty of these baked gems is that they can be used wet or dry. Apply as normal for a low intensity look, or wet for a bold, high-colour, intense finish. They generally have a slight shimmery finish to them, too.
Which eye shadow texture do you wear most often?