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Using Loose Pigments
When it comes to versatile, multi-use products, it's hard to beat loose pigments. They come in just about any color you can think of, and you can use them to create a matte look or to add a little shimmer or sparkle to your look. You can use them to create an everyday look or add drama for a night on the town. Alone or used with a mixing medium, most colors can be applied anywhere on the face or body – eyes, lips, cheeks, shoulders – even nails. And they mix well with other makeup to create beautiful effects.
Because loose pigments are loose powders, there are a few things you need to know about applying them. And, like anything else, practice makes perfect.
Using loose pigments on the eye area
Pigments can be used instead of a pressed eyeshadow or combined with them. One caveat, though – loose pigments tend to fall. Because some of the product will likely end up on the skin under the eye area, it's best to apply foundation and concealer after loose pigments. You're probably going to have to do a little clean up, and you don't want to have to wipe off foundation and concealer and then have to reapply them. It's just a waste of time and products.
When buying loose pigments, you may find labels that warn against using some products or colors in the eye area or on the lips. And pigments containing glitter, if they get into the eyes, can cause injury. Be sure to check the label or product insert for any such warnings.
It's a great idea to use an eyeshadow base, like Urban Decay's Primer Potion, before applying pigments to the eyelids. It will help the pigments last longer and they won't settle in creases or wrinkles. Once the shadow base is applied, dip a clean brush or sponge applicator directly into the loose pigments, but be sure to load a minimal amount – too much can get messy. Gently tap the brush to remove any excess product.
When applying loose pigments, it's important not to use a back-and-forth or sweeping motion, which can cause more fallout. Instead, pat pigments into place, then blend them out, leaving no harsh edges. Using a dampened sponge applicator or brush can help prevent some fallout and you can achieve more intense looks. Just remember to blend with a clean, dry brush after applying the pigments.
Mixing mediums and blending products
If you're looking to avoid fallout altogether, you'll need a mixing medium or other blending product. Mixing mediums also give loose pigments the ultimate versatility. Combine colors and pigments to create lip color, eyeliner, eyeshadow, or anything else you can imagine. MAC, Make-Up Forever, and Naked Cosmetics all offer mediums and blending products. You can even make your own nail polish colors.
Loose pigments offer a lot of versatility and, with some experimentation, you can create just about any look you can imagine. It just takes a little creativity and practice.
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