I can always count on Chase Aston, celeb artist and The Body Shop's makeup pro, for great beauty tips. One of my favourites from his most recent visit is a simple way to do the wet-eyeshadow thing without soaking your brush or drowning your shadow.
how to wet your eyeshadow
The trick? Dab your dry flat brush into a pad of several wet paper napkins or paper towels on a saucer, as above. Dab the bristles on a dry patch of napkin to remove excess moisture (you don't want a drippy brush), then stroke over a segment of shadow (no need to wet the whole surface) to pick up colour.
how to apply wet eyeshadow
Press shadow into place over the lid. Use a dry blender brush to soften edges and fade out toward the brows. The result is a more intense, opaque, smooth colour finish than you'd have with a dry application.
types of shadows work well wet
Baked shadows tend to play nice with water better than pressed powders do, perhaps because they're a silkier consistency. Usually you can tell the difference -- baked often come in little domed shapes or declare themselves as baked (*giggle*) right on the packaging. Brands to put on your list include The Body Shop, natch, as well as Bourjois Paris (the original baked powders), Pupa, MAC Mineralize powders, CHANEL and Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Plush palettes.
The Body Shop makeup brushes and cosmetics are available via thebodyshop.ca. Bourjois Paris, Pupa and Maybelline New York, at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques. MAC Mineralize via maccosmetics.com. CHANEL at select department stores and Murale.