A Definitive Guide On The Types Of Eyeshadows And How To Apply Them

Written by Fatema HabibSep 16, 2023
A definitive guide on the types of eyeshadows and how to apply them

Eyeshadow is to the eyes what blush is to the cheeks—they are both used to give life to your makeup game.

While it’s not every day that you reach for your eyeshadow palettes (unless you’re a beauty blogger or an MUA), it’s important that whenever you decide to apply eyeshadow, you know what texture to go for and how to apply it with precision.

Dressing up your eyelids with an assortment of vibrant eyeshadow pigments is the most fun way to brighten up a dull look.

Whether you want to keep it subtle with a soft matte shadow or go out all with a glitter pigment, here’s a definitive guide on the types of eyeshadows and how to apply them.

types of eyeshadow and how to apply

Cream eyeshadow

Cream eyeshadows offer intense colour payoffs, and that’s exactly what makes them oh-so-popular amongst beauty mavens and celebrities.

Such eyeshadow formulations come in the form of pencils, pots, tubes as well as sticks.

While its shimmery finish, long-wearing formula and blendability make creamy shadows a great pick, the downside of it is that they tend to crease easily and thus, have to be with powder. You can apply cream eyeshadows with the help of a shader brush. All you need to do is pick up the product and simply pack it onto your lids. You can mix two or more colours to create a statement look. However, make sure you avoid wearing cream eyeshadows in hot weather or on oily lids because such formulations aren’t waterproof and can easily meltdown.

types of eyeshadow and how to apply

Powder eyeshadow

This is the most common type of eyeshadow ever used. In fact, it’s the best option for makeup noobs and for women on-the-go.

Powder eyeshadows are the easiest to blend and often come in the form of a duo or quad palette. Some also come in pans as standalone pigments.

With powder eyeshadows, you can experiment with multiple finishes: a matte for everyday use, shimmer for creating dramatic and OTT party looks and satin for a smooth, classy finish.

If you’re a beginner, then it’s best to use your fingertips to apply eyeshadow onto your lids.

All you need to do is take some product with your ring finger and gently pat or press the colour on your eyelids. However, if you’re a pro, then use an eyeshadow brush for smooth application.

types of eyeshadow and how to apply

Liquid eyeshadow

If you think liquid eyeshadows are meant for makeup experts, think again!

Since they come in a sleek tube with a fluffy wand, the application becomes super easy. Using liquid shadow as a base for your lids is a brilliant makeup trick.

Liquid holds onto pigment and enhances its vibrancy as well as staying power.

But, just like cream formulas, liquids too tend to crease easily, therefore, it’s best to avoid wearing such formulations on oily lids.

Applying liquid eyeshadow is super simple. Just go over with the fluffy wand on your lids, or use a fine, thin liner brush to create a colourful winged eyeliner.

Liquid formulas dry up quickly, so make sure you are prompt at mastering your eye makeup.

types of eyeshadow and how to apply

Loose powder pigments

Glitter and metallic eyeshadows fall under this category. These sparkling, shimmer bottles are for women who don’t fear going an extra mile to create a bold, dramatic look.

Creating smokey, glittery eyes using a loose powder glitter or metallic pigment for parties can make you stand out!

Before you go in with the glitter shadow, make sure you apply a thin layer of eye primer so that your eye makeup stays on for longer. Then, pat the glitter onto your lids.

To help the eyeshadow adhere to your skin and to instantly intensify the colour payoff, we suggest you wet your brush before applying the glitter eyeshadow.

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