Hey Hey Lovelies! Today's post is on one of my fave type of products which are PIGMENTS! I find them to be so versatile & useful not just in my makeup kit but in my own personal makeup stash as well! Now if you're new to makeup you may be wondering what on earth are pigments?
Well pigments are just highly concentrated loose powders/shadows that make up the main ingrediant of eyeshadows. They don't contain the binder ingredients normally used to press shadows into pans or compacts - Binders tend to wash the colour intensity down or even make shadows look dull...
Pigments can be used to create a subtle wash of colour or a super intense effect. I've also found that they tend not to get streaky or cake up on the skin like some pressed powders do & I find that they are easy to blend as well as have a longer lasting power compared to eyeshadows. You can end up with a lot of fall out when using pigments so just be careful when using them.
There are soo many uses for pigments however I am going to share the easiest & best ways I know to use them...
EYES | All over the eyes - Use a flat brush to pick some up and on to the lid of the shadow, press down to pack the pigment on to the brush & then tap off any excess to avoid fall out. Go ahead & gently pat it onto the lid & then swipe it across the lid. This is a quick & easy way to do your eyes when you are short on time but need something that looks really good. Make sure to use a fluffy dome brush to blend out the crease & feather out any harsh lines to create a gradual fade.
"By patting the pigment on & then swiping it across the skin, you can ensure maximum colour pay off & intensity..." |
I love adding a similar coloured base undeneath shadows & pigments to really make the colour stand out & also help adhere them to the skin so they stay in place for much longer. You can use paintpots, cream bases, a fixing spray like MAC Fix+ or even water. For a extreme or bold look, apply the pigment wet to the entire eyelid.
A smoky eye with a pop - Another way is to apply a neutral shadow on the inner corner & outer corner of the eye. Then pick up a bright pigment & pat it on the centre of the eye creating the ultimate pop to eyes. Again do use a fluffy brush to blend everything in the crease.
Eyeliner - Pigments work great as liquid liners, when you need a personalised shade. To create your own liner, use a mixing medium like INGLOT Duraline, the MakeUpForEver Aqua Seal or Illamasqua Sealing Gel mixed in with the chosen pigment - (I would not recommend using water for this...)
As a mascara - Simply apply your mascara as normal & then using a fluffy brush pick some pigment up & gently pat onto your lashes, building it up to your preferred intensity. I love using Blue or Purple pigments to create a subtle but effective effect on the lashes.
CHEEKS | Blush - You can really make use of any rich & deep berry, pink & red pigments you own by gently applying a touch to the apples of your cheeks & blending outwards. Make sure to use a light handed approach unless you're going for the bold & strong look!
"For an EDITORIAL look - Pick up more colour or even use other bright colours like a Blue, Purple or even a Gun Metal Grey..." |
Highlight - I personally love using a soft shimmery gold or pearlised pigment on the top of cheekbones & for adding dimension to your look. Make sure the that the highlighting pigment is lighter then your own skin colour otherwise it defeats the purpose of the highlight!
Adding the same colour pigment in the inner corner of the eyes really will open them up & make them appear bigger, as well as just above the Cupid’s Bow to make your lips look fuller, & under the brow as a highlight. By doing all these small but quick tricks, they will tie your entire makeup look together.
LIPS | Lipstick/Gloss - Pigments can be mixed in with any lip gloss or lipstick to make your own personalised lip color. First line your lips with either a nude lip liner or in the colour you will be creating with the pigments.
Take a small amount of clear lip gloss & mix it with the pigment until you get a nice, smooth consistancy. Apply to your lips with a lip brush. Or you can simply apply the lipstick/lipgloss straight to your lips & pat the pigment onto your lips using your finger or a small flat brush.
HAIR | Pigments are great for adding a fun pop of colour & sparkle to your hair without damaging the hair & best of all theres no commitment. Mix some pigment into your chosen hair gel or wax before applying the mixture to the hair, I've found that thin consistencies work far better - wait 10/15 seconds & then using a small brush apply some more pigment on top .
This looks absolutely stunning on short hair or when your hair is styled up but of course you can brush it onto any length of hair...
Nails | Apply a coat of a nail polish onto your nails & then shake on a pigment onto a wet nail to add a unique effect to your nails or to acheive a gradient /ombre nail. You can also mix it with a clear polish for a custom made shade.
Mehndi/Henna | After applying henna to your hand, feet, body, sprinkle or pat some pigment on to add a lil extra colour or sparkle to the wet henna - This looks great at mehndi parties & gives a special, unique touch whilst the henna dries.
Mix & match your pigments to create that perfect shade to compliment your eye colour, outfit, nails etc. The colour options are absolutely limitless - Just use your imagination & have a play around. By using them in so many different ways not only is it more worth the price but they're not just sitting in your drawers gathering dust!
I know, I know, I've gone on for quite a while but I really wanted to show you all how to utilise the lil pots of beautiful pigments you spend your hard earned money on since so many feel guilty spending so much on a single pigment.
Let me know how you get on!
P.S - Most companies tend to offer shimmery or glittery pigments but you can also find matte pigments as well & I'm always on the look out for more matte pigments so leave suggestions in the comments below! Here are some of my favorite companies to purchase pigments & loose glitters from are - Illamasque, NYX, OCC Makeup, INGLOT, MakeUpForEver & Barry M.
Hi Lovelies, I'm Fox...
And I'm a 26 Year old Human Biologist with over 6 years experience in the Beauty Industry.
Olive Skin with a Yellow undertone. Skin Type - Oily to Oily/Dehydrated.
My Foundation Shades in the following brands -
Star - 031
Forever - Sand 031
Velvet - 30 Beige
Matte - 30 Beige
Le Teint Ultra Tenue - 40 Beige
Total Control Drop Foundation - 08
Sheer Matte - Punjab/Stromboli
Sheer Glow - Punjab/Stromboli
All Day Luminous - Punjab
Velvet Matte Skin Tint - St Moritz
Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX06
Skin Base - SB8/9
Tinted Oil Free Moisturiser - Bisque
Big Easy Complexion Perfector - Beige
Teint Idole Ultra Wear - 049
MUFE HD - 127
MUFE ULTRA HD -
MUFE ULTRA HD Invisible Cover Stick -
Double Wear SIP - Rattan/Tawny
Double Wear Light - 3.0
Double Wear Maximum Cover - Rattan/Tawny
DayWear BB - Light Medium
Studio Fix Fluid - NC30
Studio Skin - 2.3
Traceless Perfecting - Bare Beige/Bisque 04
Traceless Stick - Bisque
Perfect Matte Touch - AMBER
Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick - BUFF
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