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How Do I Choose the Best Waterproof Eyeshadow?

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  • Written By: Karize Uy
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  • Last Modified Date: 09 November 2016
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To choose the best waterproof eyeshadow, you have to consider the shade and color you can wear. Normally, your basis for choosing an eyeshadow color depends on the color of your eyes, which should be emphasized, not overpowered by harsh colors. You can generally choose the complementary or opposite colors of your eyes. For example, if you have green eyes, you can go for pink to red shades, while you can choose muted orange colors if you have blue eyes. For dark-colored eyes like brown and black, it is not recommended to have such a severe white color on your eyelids, so you can stick with darker or neutral shades of eyeshadows.

You should also consider the time of day you are using your waterproof eyeshadow. The general rule is that brighter lights, such as daylight, call for subtle and muted shades of color to avoid having such harsh-looking makeup. Brighter shades, on the other hand, are best used for nighttime events, when you would want to stand out and be noticed even when the lights are dim.

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The occasion and the level of activity are also important factors in choosing the best waterproof eyeshadow. If you’re going to the beach, where the saltwater can irritate and the hot sun can make you sweat, choose a cream-based eyeshadow, as it lasts longer than the pencil or powder-based one. You can also wear this type of eyeshadow during a wedding, in case you get teary-eyed. If you are putting on some eyeshadow during the winter or at night, the pencil eyeshadow can last as long and can be cleansed away easier.

Another deciding factor in buying a waterproof eyeshadow is the ingredients. The skin around the eyes is thin and sensitive, so you would want ingredients that would not irritate or redden your eyelids. Choosing among eyeshadows with natural ingredients would be a good start. Some eyeshadows include botanical oils such as from soya and marigold, both of which can moisturize the eyelids. Wax is also a typical ingredient in any waterproof cosmetics, but make sure they are derived from plants and natural minerals.

Whatever types of waterproof eyeshadow you choose, there are certain makeup tricks that can help keep your eyelids looking beautiful longer. One tip is to brush on some loose powder after the eyeshadow has set. This will create a barrier that keeps the eyeshadow protected from external factors such as dust, oil, and water. Another tip to keeping your eyeshadow on longer is to apply it in a cold environment, so your makeup will not melt quickly as you apply it. The cold environment also helps the eyeshadow set on your eyelids quicker.

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