As a huge makeup enthusiast, one of my by far favorite makeup products ever are Mac Pigments. I know tons of people are easily intimidated by them, for the most common question I get is "Well, what are they used for?" The answer is, they can be used so many different ways. The problem with them is that alone, they can be super messy.
Pigments are most commonly used as eyeshadow -either to sparkle up the lid or add highlight to the brow bone. Contrary to how they appear, pigments (as well as loose shadows) can be foiled- or made into a more thick and creamy consistency- to create the texture of a paint-pot or cream shadow base.
On top of that, any pigment, mixed with clear nail polish can be made into the nail polish of its color.
So essentially, pigments are a three-in-one buy. Also, I'm convinced that you can never run out of a single pigment- the amount of product in every container is potentially life-long.
This post will delve into how to foil a pigment.
What you need:
1. A flat eyeshadow brush- here, I'm using a Mac 239
2. A pigment or loose shadow- I'm using Mac's Blue Brown Pigment- one of my favorites!
3. Water or a mixing medium (water is obviously the cheaper alternative and works just as well)
O N E ::
Start by opening up your pigment- as you can see, it is extremely powdery and a little chunky. Remember: a little goes a long way when using a pigment.
[Note: Never spill one of these if you can avoid doing so- they are a pain to clean up.]
T W O ::
Wet your shadow brush under running water. If you are using a mixing medium instead, I suggest like two or three drops of it.
[Note: You can also use a sponge tip applicator instead of an eyeshadow brush- it will work the same]
Since I'm using water, I like to dab the brush a few times against a towel to make sure it's not too wet. You don't want the brush to be soaked, you want it to be wet enough where the pigment will stick to it.
T H R E E ::
Slightly tap the wet side of your brush onto the top of the pigment>>>you don't want to put the brush in the pigment cause that's just a bad idea (lol). Tap it enough to get some of the powder to stick!
To further mix it, swirl your brush onto any flat surface- I like to use the lid of the pigment for this- it's the easiest. You'll begin to notice that the pigment is becoming creamy and gaining a paint-like consistency.
F O U R ::
You're ready to apply your foiled pigment. This is a side by side comparison of the regular Mac Blue Brown Pigment (LEFT) and the foiled Mac Blue Brown Pigment (RIGHT). As you can see, the foiled pigment is a lot thicker and brighter in color and texture, while the regular mainly looks loose and glittery.
[Boo for my missing Jesus on my Jesus bracelet]
I also did some foiling with Mac's Melon Pigment
Although the color is bit hard to distinguish, you can clearly see the consistency difference in this one.
[Note: Mac's Melon pigment is basically Mac's Rubenesque Paint Pot in pigment form- they are great dupes of one another through this method!!]
I also decided to show you guys how I do this with a loose shadow as opposed to a pigment. Foiling loose shadows follows the same exact steps as above.
Here, I've used Stila's Kitten Eyeshadow. (If anyone has this shadow, you know how loose and chunky it can be- but it's still a gorgeous color!)
Foiling pigments is one of my favorite tricks to do with eye makeup, and it really allows your shadow to pop.
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind"
(The only Shakespeare quote I could find with the words eye and paint- loll)