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Finally, a DIY post! 🙂
I really got into the bold eyeliner look in summer, and while it’d be great to have eyeliner in all the colours, I have way too many eye-safe pigments sitting around unused already. So I’ve been turning them into eyeliner by using them wet, and the results are amazing! Applying eyeshadow wet (also called “foiling”) instead of dry gives saturated, dense colour, and you can create sharp lines which last far longer.
The problem with using plain water is that the eyeshadow doesn’t tend to have great lasting power – that’s where using a foiling medium comes in. This is a water-based mixture which helps you apply dense eyeshadow with better durability.
I found a recipe for a DIY foiling medium, and luckily, it uses the glycerin you all have lying around from making the DIY gentle nail polish remover I posted here: simply mix glycerin with water in a 1 to 3 ratio. Unfortunately, I can’t think of anything easily available and eye-safe that you can add to prevent bacterial growth, so it’s best to mix it fresh (I just mix one drop of glycerin with three drops of water on a piece of foil using the brush I’m using for the eyeshadow, but if you want to store it, it should last at least a week).
To show the difference between wet and dry application, here are swatches of some Pretty Serious loose eyeshadows I’ve recently added to my collection. From left to right, I swatched each shade by itself, over primer (I’m using Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer), and with the DIY foiling medium.
Morning Java – This is brown with reddish gold shimmer. The shimmer turns into a metallic gold sheen with foiling medium, but by itself, if you’re not too heavy-handed, it’s usable for an everyday look.
VT100 – Green with green and gold shimmer. The shimmer wears off very quickly if you apply it dry, but it’s super festive if you wear it wet. I’m loving emerald green at the moment, so this will be getting a lot of wear (damn you Pantone for being right!).
BSOD – Really, really bright blue, with blue shimmer. This is the most saturated blue eyeshadow I’ve ever seen! My swatch doesn’t do it justice – it practically glows.
I did a simulated wear test by gently brushing the shadow with a tissue to show the difference between the application methods:
Wet application definitely goes the furthest, but Etude House’s primer holds its own pretty well!
I scored the eyeshadows for $4.95 each here in Pretty Serious’s clearance sale, which is still going. If you’re in North Americans, you can still get Into Dreams, but unfortunately it’s sold out everywhere else (naturally I’m lusting after it quite hard now). They come in huge 5 g tubs (5 cm in diameter) and are an absolute bargain!
Do you wear wet eyeshadow regularly, or is it a special occasion thing for you?