Thursday, June 19, 2008

Differences of shimmer, matte, satin and frosted eyeshadow...

You have heard the terms shimmer, matte, satin, and frost used when describing eyeshadow, but what are their differences?

Shimmer:
Sheer coverage with a subtle sheen and hint of sparkle.
Dark shimmers add drama to the eyes without the harshness of the deeper toned mattes.
Highlight and bring forth darker areas of the eyes with lighter shimmer colors.
Often used directly under the eye brows.

Matte:
Mattes have a higher concentration of color than frosted, satin and shimmering eyeshadow.
Mid-tones are used to create the "natural" look.
Mattes are often used on photography subjects.
Works well on mature and youthful skin.

Satin:
Less shimmer and sparkle when compared to frosted and shimmering eyeshadow.
Works well on mature and youthful skin.

Frosted:
Opaque coverage with sparkles of white or silver.
Pastel colors are most common.
Frosted eyeshadow has a tendency to settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Avoid on mature skin.
Reserve frosted eyeshadow for younger skin.

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