Thursday, 24 April 2008

To foil or base?

Amita asked me what was foiling (a term I picked up from Vannesa, and I thought let me show you what priming (or using a base) looks like..
Foil or base?

Here's my experiment with both methods, which is better? You tell me!

From left: 1.Foiled, 2. Lipbalm as base, and 3.plain ole e/s, i.e. nothing used.

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For base, nearly everyone suggests the Urban Decay's Primer Potion (UDPP in Since I know in the land of saffron and cows this product may not be available, so here's my cheaper substitute - chapstick! Yup, the ordinary lipbalm (scented or not), or vaseline (used very sparingly) can give nearly the same effect. It does not crease, and stays on, for nearly 8-10 hours, depending on your lid's tendency to turn oily. Mine stays for 10 hours easily, and needs make-up remover when I wash the mug at the end of the day.

Foiling: Using a mixing medium that would wet the brush, this is used for pigments (dry eyeshadow in powder format). Since I own, like, 3 e/s powders, I use it for my eye shadows! This brings out the intensity of the colours, and also, stays long, though I found, not as long as using a base (6 hours in my case). What is a mixing medium? MAC sells its mixing medium, but I found the home-made version on Temptalia. Mix one part water with 3 parts glycerine and store in a small bottle. Mix only a little, as diluted glycerine tends to spoil very fast. Discard liquid after a few days if it smells funky.
I mix around 2 teaspoons at a time and store in a homeopathy bottle (hey, I'm all about smart storage). Dip your brush in one drop of this liquid, wipe off excess, and use on eyeshadow! Warning: this will leave a damp spot on the eyeshadow, which does dry off and does not spoil the e/s, but it just looks strange, that's all.

I'm going with base, it shows the colours the best and does not leave weird damp stains on the e/s.


Mukho said...

hmm... foil or base... I'd say foil wins, by a verrrry narrrrow marrrrgin :)
meow, purrrrr....

ilovecheese said...

Hehe, any reason why it won? :P

Mukho said...

looks just a litttttle bit more vibrant :)
that's just my opinion, u can differ :)
still if u compare the price and ease, i guess overall, chapstick's the winner :) :)

ilovecheese said...

hehe, just wondering that's all..You're rigt about the ease part, it is sooo easier to just apply vaseline and begin colouring! Foiling makes me wash my brushes more often..

Mukho said...

but vaseline made me crease the other day wen i tried it out :(
maybe i should be less generous in applying it.. wat say?

ilovecheese said...

Yeah need to layer it very very thinly, almost as if it is not there! But I know Chennai heat will cause anym/u ot slide, so foiling would work there I guess.