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The right eyeshadow colors and formulas can do wonders for your eyes. They can make your eyes pop, give your skin a glow, and blur your fine lines.

Most eye shadows contain certain similar and basic ingredients. Binders such as zinc and magnesium help your eye shadows stay put while your eyelids are constantly in motion. Enhancers are the ingredients that give shadows a smooth and silky feel. These help products go on evenly, and also prevents creasing or splotchy looks. They are usually comprised of silica, nylon, and dimethicone. If you find glycol or phenoxethanol listed on the ingredients, realize that the cosmetics have preservatives, which are quite necessary to keep bacteria at bay. This is especially important since shadows are applied closely to your eyes, and the last thing you need is bacteria to migrate into them.

What’s the difference between cream and powder shadows? Liquids and creams are wax or oil based and last longer since they adhere well to the skin. However, if your skin is oily or heavily moisturized you’re better off using powder, which won’t collect in your lines or creases. To add longevity to your shadows, use an eye primer underneath. This product will add a barrier that locks in the shadow; plus, it will help mask any discoloration underneath.

If you have fine lines or wrinkles in the eye area, opt for satin or mattes, as opposed to glittery shadows, which will showcase your wrinkles. If you want a shine without trying to look like a teen, use shadows with dimethicone copolymer, which contain light-reflecting properties to blur and smooth out the eye by drawing attention away from the crepeyness. Also, keep the shadow on the lid instead of the crease. If you have hooded lids, then use the crease to your advantage. Try applying a darker shadow there and a lighter one on the lid to play down the sagging and add some depth.

What shades work for your eye color? For brown eyes try plums and a burgundy for a flattering smoky contrast. Bronze can warm up cool blue eyes and works on many skin tones as well. Green eyes look flattering in pretty shades of purple, which makes them pop. Khaki can complement hazel eyes since it reflects all the brown, green, and gold flecks in the eyes. Of course, every eye color has loads of beautiful possibilities that will work. The right colors will enhance your eyes and reflect your personal taste and should complement your skin tone as well.


Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, and all of your beauty needs. She can be reached at 718 263-5517.