Matte eyeshadow is at type of cosmetic product applied to the eyelids for a more attractive appearance. Matte refers to the look of the eyeshadow; matte eyeshadow is flat and does not contain any light reflectors, whereas other types of eyeshadow may appear to be shiny. Some people mix different types of eyeshadow for a more customized appearance.
Matte eyeshadow comes in many colors, and may be available in a cream or powder form. It is generally worn during the day, for a more subtle appearance, whereas shiny or shimmery eyeshadow may be worn more often in the evening to look more glamorous. Both types of eyeshadow typically have the same silky texture to go onto the eyelids smoothly. Though some people choose to apply an eyeshadow primer first, it may not be necessary to do so with this type of matte eyeshadow.
When creating a particular look with eyeshadow, it is generally recommended that one use two or three colors on the eyelid to create a blended appearance. One easy way to do this is to choose two matte eyeshadow colors, and one shiny eyeshadow color. All of the colors should be complementary to each other, ranging from light to dark; the shiny color should be the lightest.
Apply the shiny color of eyeshadow to the inside corner of the eyes, and just under the brow bone. Then, take the lighter of the two matte colors and sweep it over the eyelid. Finally, take the darker matte eyeshadow color and apply some to the crease of the eye and to the outer corner. The eyeshadow can then be slightly blended with a makeup brush to give a more natural appearance. A matte eyeshadow may also be used as an eyeliner when applied with a small, angled makeup brush.
By using eyeshadow in this way, the shiny, light color on the brow bone and inner corners will catch the light and help one to look brighter and more awake. The two matte eyeshadows will add color and definition to the eyes, while still remaining appropriate for day or evening looks. To find the best matte eyeshadow, simply look in drugstores or cosmetics stores. Many stores allow customers to try on different shades of eyeshadow; it is easy to tell which ones are matte and which ones are not by the way they look in the light. Matte eyeshadows will not reflect the light.