Make Up Edu.

The eyeshadow finish basically describes the texture and appearance of an eyeshadow. The eyeshadow finish will affect the color payoff, ease of use and overall result of the final look. This can apply to all forms of eyeshadow be it pressed, liquid, cream or loose.


MATTE (M) - Hi-colour pay-off in a no-shine matte finish.
FROST (F) - An iridescent shine that adds a highlight to any colour.
SATIN (S) - Pure colour in a satin-style finish. Provides a soft subtle non-frost, light-refractive sheen.
LUSTRE (L) - Smoothly pearlized; intensely frosted with deluxe ultra-fine "conditioned" finish.
VELUXE (VX) - Superfine pigment rich and very luxe. Supple to apply. Provides silky smooth matte finish.
VELUXE PEARL (VP) - Vibrantly-toned. Velvety soft. Shimmeringly metallic. Veluxe eye shadow, now overlaid with high-shine pearl.
VELVET (V) - Soft look finish with high-colour intensity. Has a plush velvety look and feel.

Simply, it is a type of makeup that is used to accentuate the eyes. Eyeshadow can be used to shade, contour, lighten, brighten, make eyes appear larger, smaller, closer together, further apart and create all kinds of illusions and artistic effects. Many different types of results can be achieved through different uses of color, shading, and blending techniques.

Like with most other makeup, eyeshadow can take different forms - pressed powder, loose powder/pigment, cream/gel and liquid.                                
                                          Pressed powder
PROS - Widely available. Longer shelf/storage life since they are dry products.

CONS - Only baked or mineralized formulae can be used both wet and dry.

                                                             Loose powder/Pigments

PROS - Very versatile. Can be used wet (foiled) or dry and can be mixed with other products. Longer shelf/storage life since they are dry products.                                                                                                 CONS - Can be messy since they are loose powder.

PROS - Crease-proof, water-proof, smudge-proof formulas are available.

CONS - These don't blend as easily as powder eyeshadow. Shorter shelf/storage life due to the product 'drying out' or hardening. Provides a great breeding ground for germs because of the moisture which also shortens storage life.

What is Foundation?
In cosmetics, foundation is simply a skin-colored product that is applied to the face to even out complexion and cover imperfections.

How do you choose the right foundation?
There are a few basic things to consider when choosing your foundation and those are:

  1. Coverage
  2. Foundation Type
  3. Skin Type
  4. Foundation Finish
  1. Sheer will give the least coverage because it is the least pigmented. It can be used to cover slight unevenness in the skin tone but will not cover imperfections an dark marks. Sheer foundation can always be used with spot concealing to cover more visible areas.
  2. Light is higher in pigmentation and will cover unevenness and also slight imperfections.
  3. Medium coverage is the most used and more widely available across makeup brands. It can cover freckles, discolorations, unevenness and even light scars.
  4. Full coverage is the most opaque with rich pigment. I covers hyperpigmentation, discoloration, freckles, scars, dark spots and marks. 
                                                              Foundation Type

  1. Liquid Foundation is the most versatile and can be used by all skin types based on the formulation. Liquid foundation may be oil or emollient-based or water-based.
  2. Cream Foundation is a thicker consistency and can also be oil or emollient-based or water-based.
  3. Powder Foundation (or Pressed Powder) is a just what it sounds like and may be used wet or dry or wet/dry depending on the formula.
  4. Mineral foundation is the newest on the market and is usually in a loose powder form. All makeup is somewhat mineral based so I take this as a marketing ploy to appeal to our 'natural' side.
                                                                          Skin type
  1. Normal Skin is the again the easiest to work with and so they can use almost any foundation on the market depending on specific needs.
  2. Dry Skin is best suited for liquid or cream foundations and oil-based formulae. Powder and mineral foundations can accentuate dry areas and patches.
  3. Oily Skin should seek out oil-free, mattifying liquid or cream foundations. Powder and mineral makeup is ideal for oily skin because they are dry and will not add a dewy finish to the skin.
  4. Combination Skin can use the foundations made for oily skin but can also get away with oil-based foundations if the skin is mostly dry.
  5. Sensitive Skin makes it difficult to find the perfect foundation. Ingredient lists are key for sensitive skin. Powders are most recommended based on the limited ingredients and preservatives that can be skin irritants.
                                                                    Foundation Type
  1. Matte finishes produce a no-shine, almost dry result. Matte finishes ae best suited for Oily/Combination Skin but can also look great on Normal skin.
  2. Dewy finish leaves skin looking moistened and healthy. Some foundations may use light reflecting particles to produce a 'glow' to the skin. This is best suited to counteract the effects of Dry Skin .
  3. Satin/Natural finish is the most 'natural' result and is a happy medium between mate and dewy. Skin will look fresh and healthy without the appearance of makeup. This is suitable for all skin types based on your preference.


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