Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stick it! An all natural eyeshadow priming technique

There are a million eyeshadow primers and adhesives out there. Everything from creams to serums. But what if you have allergies or simply want to use the most all natural, basic thing possible?

Now, let me preface this by saying that I love the eyeshadow adhesive serum I sell on B.Koi Cosmetics--Sure Thing! However, in order to preserve it and keep it from separating, I had to add certain ingredients that are totally skin-safe, but not completely natural. I love it, I stand behind it 100%, and I personally use it every day, but I have a few friends who can't wear much of anything due to sensitivity, allergies, etc. So, here's a fabulous solution for those of you who want your loose shadows to stick, but need something super natural.

Have you ever heard of jojoba oil? You probably have. It is one of the most popular cosmetic oils out there. Look in your lipsticks, lotions, shampoos . . . it's almost always there! Why? Jojoba is an amazing oil. Not only does it moisturize your skin, but it can cleanse it as well (I'll be doing another post soon on natural ways to remove your makeup so check back soon!). You may be surprised to find that it is not actually an oil, technically it is a liquid wax! It comes from the jojoba plant seed and can be purchased many, many places. If you want organic jojoba oil, try Whole Foods, any natural food store, organic online stores, etc. Trader Joe's even carries it!

Now, how do you use it? Simply put a small drop on your finger and very gently smooth it into your lid. The great thing is, it's extremely mild and good for your eyes! Jojoba melts right into your skin and doesn't leave it oily. It's actually pretty incredible, it leaves your skin soft, but not glistening with a film of oil! Once your lid looks moisturized by not oily, pat on your favorite eyeshadows. You want to make sure you use eyeshadows with oil absorbing components like kaolin clay in general (eyes tend to be oily in general).

While this trick isn't necessarily quite as strong an adhesive as something filled with chemicals, it really does work! It's one of the reasons jojoba is a major ingredient in my primer. Try it and let me know what you think!

In my opinion this golden liquid is worth it's weight in gold!

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