Power Of The Pigment

I’ve been out of the game for a few weeks now after been struck down by an evil flu virus (yes, I’m looking for sympathy ok). It’s been killing me to be bed ridden instead of back on the road with my kit painting lots of beautiful faces and creating new looks! I mean, I probably made up for it with the amount of new products I’ve been ordering and YouTube tutorials I’ve been watching, but that’s not the point.

Now that I’m back on my feet, I thought there would be no better way to revisit the makeup world than with a bold, shimmery, glam look using my new favourite loose pigment! Pigments are such an essential in my kit, but I feel like they’re really underrated because people don’t always know how to use them. In this post I’m going to show you all the wonderful ways that you can up your makeup game with one of these little pots of magic! Keep reading to get the full lowdown on loose pigments, see the look I created, and find the products that I used…




So…what exactly is a loose pigment? It comes in the form of a finely milled loose powder, which allows the colour and shimmer to appear much more concentrated and intense than a normal pressed shadow. Think of it as eyeshadow in it’s purest form (sounds pretty special, right? It is!). There are tons of loose pigments on the market – MAC are well known for there huge array of colours and finishes, and NYX and Barry M do great ranges too if you’re looking for a more affordable option. You can find anything from nude, iridescent shades to bright, bold colours. The possibilities are endless!

Here are a few different ways that you can use a loose pigment to take your makeup to the next level:

1- Sheer Eyeshadow

If you’re looking for a subtle wash of shimmer on your eyes without it being too bold, taking a neutral, flesh toned pigment on a fluffy brush will give the perfect amount of sheen. The fluffy brush will leave a really light application, and using a flesh tone means that you don’t need a lot of other shadows to blend it into. I’d recommend applying it to the lid and the brow bone, whilst defining the crease with a matte brown shadow or a bronzer.

2 – Intense Eyeshadow

The most popular way to use pigments is as bold eyeshadow. When applied wet, it will take your eye makeup to a whole new level! I always keep a collection of bronze, gold, rose gold and copper pigments in my kit so that I can add a real ‘pop’ to my clients eye makeup. I take a flat, dense shadow brush and dampen it with my MAC Fix Plus, and then pick up some of the pigment and pack it onto the lid. When loose pigments are mixed with a setting spray or a mixing agent, the colour and iridescence of the product becomes even more intense and amazing! When using this technique, I recommend keeping the rest of the eyes quite matte and pressing the pigment only in the centre of the lid, as you’ll see in the photos below. This keeps the product from moving around on the lid, and I think that the contrast between the matte and the shimmer looks unreal!

3 – Powder Highlighter

Because the shimmer in loose pigments is so concentrated, they make amazing highlighters. A pale iridescent shade such as MAC ‘Vanilla’ or ‘Melon’ would work perfectly – apply it with a highlighting brush straight to the top of the cheekbones, down the nose and to the inner corners of the eyes. Again, a little spritz of setting spray to your brush before you go in for the kill will have you looking like a glazed donut!

4 – Liquid Highlighter

Another way to add an extra glow to your skin using loose pigment is to mix it in with skin products. Adding a small amount to your moisturizer before you apply your foundation with give you a real glow from within – I love adding some to my MAC Strobe Cream. You can also apply this cocktail to the top of your cheekbones on top of your foundation for a cream highlight. Ensure that it’s all pressed in and blended using a damp beauty blender and you’re good to go!

5 – Lip Gloss

If you want a shimmery lip gloss but you don’t have one in your makeup bag, mixing a tiny amount of pigment into a sheer gloss will work wonders. I’m obsessed with adding a subtle, gold pigment to a nude gloss for lips J-Lo would be proud of!



So, there’s 5 reasons to go out and get yourself a little tub of glittery goodness. To show you a loose pigment in action, I created this look using the latest addition to my collection. I love warm eye makeup and this burnt orange pigment from NYX just does it for me!

G x




Product Breakdown

For the base:

  • NYX Shine Killer Primer
  • MAC Strobe Cream
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC30
  • LA Girl HD Pro Concealer in ‘Light Ivory’ and ‘Light Yellow’ to highlight
  • LA Girl HD Pro Concealer in ‘Beautiful Bronze’ to contour
  • Ben Nye Luxury Loose Setting Powder in ‘Banana’

For the glow:

  • Topshop Highlighter in ‘Crescent Moon’
  • MAC Fix Plus
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in ‘Dark Tan’

For the eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’
  • Morphe Eyeshadow Palette in ’35K Koffee’ and ’35W Warm’
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in ‘Dark Tan’
  • MAC Eyeshadow in ‘I’m Into It’
  • NYX Pigment in ‘Venetian’
  • NYX Glitter Primer
  • Topshop Highlighter in ‘Crescent Moon’
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in ‘Dark Brown’
  • NYX Control Freak Brow Gel in ‘Clear’
  • Maybelline Gel Liner in ‘Black’
  • Maybelline Lash Sensation in ‘Very Black’
  • Eylure Lashes in ‘157’

For the lips:

  • MAC Lip Liner in ‘Stripdown’
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Crème in ‘Cairo’