Eyeshadow is one of the most crucial parts of makeup. A complete, gorgeous makeup look cannot be complete without eyeshadow. Eyeshadow is mostly available in powder form within a palette. However, some liquid eyeshadows are also available which are dense enough to stay on the eyes. No matter what form or shape the eyeshadows have, the ingredients behind those vibrant and charming colors are almost the same. You might think eyeshadow is complex to make, but almost every makeup manufacturer makes eyeshadows using the same method. The ingredients used in eyeshadows are pretty consistent across all manufacturers. Ever wondered what goes into eyeshadow before you apply it? Here we discuss how eyeshadow is made so you can learn all about it.
Composition of Eyeshadows
There are some definite components in every eyeshadow manufacturing. These major components include base fillers, slips, binders, and preservatives. Among base fillers, mica, kaolin clay, and talc are the most popular. Magnesium or zinc can be binders, and tocopherol (vitamin E) and glycol are good preservatives. Lastly, boron nitride, nylon, and silica work as slip for eyeshadows.
Mica, kaolin clay and talc are naturally produced minerals that add texture to the eyeshadows. The compressibility, thickness, and coverage of an eyeshadow depends on the base fillers. Usually, 30 percent base filler is in the eyeshadow, but liquid eyeshadows take only 25 percent of it.
Binders, as the name suggests, works as an adhesive for the eyeshadows. Most of the eyeshadows use magnesium or zinc both of which are white in color. These ingredients are beneficial to the skin. Magnesium helps adjust the pH of the skin, and zinc works as a skin protectant.
Slip helps the eyeshadows apply smoothly on your skin. Most manufacturers use nylon and silica for this purpose because both of these ingredients are colorless powders. Silica is a natural compound, while nylon is a synthetic substance.
Lastly, preservatives keep eyeshadows fresh so they last longer. Preservatives also protect the eyeshadows from bacteria and other external agents that can decrease their lifespan. Tocopherol or glycol is usually used as a preservative in most eyeshadows. Again both of these ingredients are naturally occurring and extremely harmless to the skin.
Make Eyeshadow at Home
Now that you know all the ingredients in how eyeshadow is made, you can try making your own at. The process is quite easy and depends on the availability of ingredients. You need to go through the following steps:
- First, make sure that you have all the ingredients i.e, filler, binder, slip, and preservative.
- Clean your equipment with alcohol to ensure safety and cleanliness.
- Take your base filler in a small container and add your pigment into it, grind them well. The pigment can be an iron oxide, etc.
- Now add mica powder and mix well.
- Add binder and mix until the mixture looks like wet sand. Also, add preservatives such as vitamin E.
- Once you achieve the right consistency of the mixture, add the mixture into the small eyeshadow container.
- Take a napkin and press the eyeshadow by placing the napkin over it.
- Leave until completely dry. It will take a maximum of 24 hours before they are ready to use.
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