A 101 guide to foil your eyeshadow


You’ve now learnt how to ace your basic eyeshadow looks but it’s missing that special factor that just makes your eyes stand out. It could be a case of your most trusted shimmers or pigments fading, smudging, transferring or simply not packing that punch it so needs. Here’s where the foiling technique comes in. In fact, makeup artists use this technique a lot to glam up red carpet looks on their celebrity clientele. Wedding Affair brings to you everything you need to know about foiling.

What Is Foiling?

Foiling involves mixing a metallic, powder pigment with a makeup base, For example, primers, sprays or mixing mediums of a sort. This creates a paste/cream-like consistency that gives your shadows a smooth metallic finish and makes them stand out. This also helps achieve added dimension with the maximum colour payoff and has your shadow lasting all day. While there are several eyeshadows available in the market with a built-in foil effect, nothing beats the tried and tested method that works perfectly well with the drugstore palette you already have in your makeup collection. Worried about the intense sparkle? Don’t be! Foiled and sparkly shadows are totally trendy! From more subtle placements to bolder looks they’re everywhere. Plus there’s no better occasion than the current festive season to experiment with sparkle or metallics on your eyelids. 


Dampen Your Brush With Setting Spray

One of the simplest methods is by wetting your eyeshadow brush with a setting spray until it’s damp. A soaking wet brush can be counterintuitive and can ruin your eyeshadow. Dip your brush into the shimmer or metallic shade you have chosen in the palette and gently swipe it all over your lid for a shiny finish. You can repeat this step as many times as needed. However, remember the intensity, texture or finish will be as good as the shadow you’re using. So make sure your eyeshadow is up to the task. Using shadows that are made to work in a wet/dry formulation will give you the best results. A matte finish mist works just as well but a dewy one will works wonders. 

Put Loose Pigments To Use

Once you’ve upgraded from eyeshadow palettes to using loose pigments they can be quite fun to foil. However, keep in mind they do take a bit more practice to get it right. There are two options here you can opt for here. First is by using a mixing medium that you can purchase separately. Scoop a little bit of pigment out with a spoon on to clean surfaces such as a glass bowl or plate. You need to mix the pigment here with a drop or two of the mixing medium. If it’s your first time, there will be some trial and error in finding the right ratio of pigment and mixing medium that works best for you. Generally, use 2-3 parts pigment to one part mixing medium as a good starting point. Another alternate option is by mixing the pigment with a little bit of your eyeshadow primer or complexion primer to get the creamy consistency.


The Mineral Water Hack

Not the best method but this is an easy hack that works will if you’re in short of time or run out of your setting spray or mixing medium. Employing a similar process as the first method above, you need to get your eyeshadow brush damp with water. Then dip it in your shimmery eyeshadow shade and apply over the lids. Once again be careful that the brush isn’t soaking wet, it can cause the eyeshadow in the pan to create a hard top layer.

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