How to make eyeshadow more pigmented

Here’s the question: How to make eyeshadow more pigmented?

It is annoying when you find that pretty palette but the moment you put it on, you realize it is not really what you imagined.

It happens more often than you imagine, as sometimes we get tricked by the beautiful shades, especially with some drugstore makeup.

I know your friend told you the best solution for this problem is to buy high-end, high pigmented eyeshadows, but wait, is that really the only way?

Luckily here you have a few tips and tricks to make that eyeshadow more pigmented, that you can use right here, right now!

How To Make Eyeshadow More Pigmented? 

First, it is necessary to identify if the problem is in the quality of the makeup used; second, analyze if the pigmented eyeshadow didn’t stand out because of the combined colors. 

So, see what to do in each case.

1. Prep The Skin For Eyeshadow

How To Make Eyeshadow More Pigmented?

A recurring makeup artist’s advice is to prep your skin with an eyeshadow base not only for eyeshadow but for your entire make.

An eyeshadow base will help your look to get more pigmented and last longer, so don’t skip this step. 

By prepping your skin, you will achieve a more natural and polished finish.

To prep your eyelids to receive eyeshadow, you try to use some products such as foundation, concealer, primer, fixers, and some specialized creams.

Using eyeshadow primer & Concealer

Primer and concealer

Using eye shadow primer and concealer will help make your eye shadow more pigmented and help it last longer at the same time.

Not to mention that applying eyeshadow primer will make the eye shadow application much easier.

Apart from that, most primers contain nourishing ingredients that will also help you take care of your skin.

Another tip is to use a pigmented primer as an eyeshadow base (eyelid primer)

Some people prefer to use concealer instead of eyeshadow primers.

Concealers can prepare the skin in many ways. It is even used to pigment lipstick, in the eyes it would be no different.

The tip is to use a creamy concealer, which does not have a matte texture, and apply the shadow even before the concealer dries on the entire eyelid.

For a lighter skin tone, just get a similar shade concealer or something lighter.

For those who have a dark skin tone, the ideal is to use a concealer on the eyelid that is much lighter than your skin tone, almost white, and apply the shadows on top, so the eyeshadow color stands out better.

It is not rare for most of us to forget about prepping the eyelids to receive eyeshadow but this is an important step to neutralize the area and highlight the color that will be deposited.

2. Using Foundation


The foundation will basically play the same role as the concealer. 

It is interesting for you to try both ways to decide which method works better for you.

By using the foundation, you can still use a primer underneath to facilitate the application.

This will even the skin texture, making it more uniform and moisturized to receive the eyeshadow.

To do this, give preference for creamy foundations instead of matte shades. The same tip applies if you decide to use a concealer.

3. Using A Damp Brush

It seems weird to apply eyeshadow with a damp eyeshadow brush, but it helps the same to get more pigmented.

Just Damp the brush a little bit with water, thermal water, saline or makeup setting spray then apply it on your eyelids.

You can also use pure aloe vera gel or vegetable glycerin.

The wet eyeshadow is much more pigmented. Just wait for it to dry a little then use a dry eyeshadow brush to blend it up. 

Note: It is also important to let it fully dry, as keeping it wet can cause fungi to proliferate.

I like this method a lot but the problem is that this doesn’t work 100% of the time, with all eyeshadows, but it is nice to give it a try, because it may work well.

From my experience, this method works really well for shimmering shadows.

However, I don’t think it works really well for very compact or matte shades eyeshadows.  

This tip will also work wonders to enhance the effect of powdery highlighter.

Always test it out, so you can understand what works or not.

4. Adding Water To The Eyeshadow

This tip was sent to me by the makeup artist Alba.

If you are using loose powder eyeshadow, you can put a little product on a plate and add water to it.

Once again, you can use water, thermal water, saline, or makeup setting spray to do the job.

Apply a few drops of water to the eyeshadow itself or dampen the eyeshadow brush and mix it with the product until it forms a “mud” of color.

Then, apply the v all over the eyelid, blending the shadow to ensure an even more beautiful effect on the eyes and that’s it. 

That dull, low-pigmented eyeshadow is more vivid and full of color.

5. Pencil Under Eyeshadow  

This tip was sent to me by the makeup artist Divvy.

If you didn’t like the tips listed here so far, you can still use a makeup pencil as a primer.

Apply the pencil all over when you want to apply the eyeshadow and blend it with your fingers or the brush.

Then, apply the eyeshadow on top of the pencil application.

The creamy texture of the pencil will also help fix the eyeshadow and make it last longer on you.

If you are doing a black eye look, you can use a black pencil, but for other colors, you can use a white pencil.

You can also opt to use a pencil color that corresponds to or is similar to the eyeshadow you are trying to apply.

6. Using Cream Shadow Before Powder Shadow

Maybe you have a cream eyeshadow somewhere in the corner of your makeup bag that has the same shade as the eyeshadow you want to apply.

Or you can buy a white cream eyeshadow for the purpose of making your eyeshadow pigmented.

You can use them as a foundation for powdered shadow, which is not that well pigmented.

Apply cream eyeshadow first, then apply the powder eyeshadow in the sequence.

Using primer, in this case, is optional but I would still use it as it won’t harm and will help with application and duration of the make.

By the way, this quick tip works not only to enhance eyeshadow pigmentation but also blush pigmentation.

7. Using Eyeshadow Brush The Right Way

There are times when the problem is because you don’t know how to blend the eyeshadow, or you are not using the right eyeshadow brush to do it.

If this is the case, the wrong application leaves the product smudged in several spots on the eyelids.

You should use specific brushes for eyeshadow applications, such as Flat Shader Eyeshadow brushes and another one for smoking eyes.

If you want the eyeshadow color to stand up, you can first apply the eyeshadow on the eyelid (preferably with a cat’s tongue brush) with little taps.

If you slide the brush on the eyelids or apply it in a circular motion, then the color will fade.

8. The Three Color Gradient Trick

If you are just starting in the makeup universe, it’s a nice idea to use a 3-color palette.

By using 3 similar shades, you can create a beautiful degradèe effect and recreate an intense pigmentation.

This eyeshadow trio kit comes with the same color, but one tone for smoking, another for the entire eyelid, and another for the inner corner. 

How To Make Eyeshadow More Pigmented Final Takes

I remember how many times I bought a powder eyeshadow, a pressed eyeshadow, or an eyeshadow stick, with beautiful colors, just to get back home, open it and realize the colors would barely appear.

This is somewhat common when buying powder eyeshadows but there are some tips like the ones we covered here to make them more pigmented and make eyeshadow pop.

So, if you were wondering how to make eyeshadow Pigmented hop these tips worked well for you.  

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