Duochrome and multichrome eyeshadow finishes are becoming more and more popular! While they seem like they are super new and innovative, these eyeshadow finishes have actually been around for a long time.
Duochrome and multichrome eyeshadows are a type of eyeshadow finish that appears to change color depending on the angle of view. They offer a mesmerizing twist to your eye makeup. These unique finishes create a captivating effect as they seem to shift in color, transforming with every angle.
Duochrome liquid eyeshadows and loose pigments provide a stunning sheen that reflects multiple hues, offering a dynamic and multidimensional look.
Multichrome eyeshadow palettes are a treasure trove of captivating shades that blend seamlessly together, unveiling a mesmerizing array of colors as they catch the light.
Whether you’re seeking a subtle iridescent effect or a bold, eye-catching transformation, duochrome and multichrome eyeshadows are the perfect choice to add an enchanting touch to your makeup looks.
The duochrome eyeshadow market is a relatively new market, but it is growing rapidly. The global duochrome eyeshadow market was valued at $1.2 billion in 2020, and it is projected to grow to $2.5 billion by 2027.
But just because the market is new, that doesn’t mean they haven’t been a part of the beauty scene before now…
Egyptians used duochrome eyeshadows to create dramatic looks for special occasions. They would often use a combination of green and gold eyeshadows to create a look that was both beautiful and eye-catching.
Stage performers used duochrome eyeshadows in the 19th century to create dramatic looks. Actors and actresses would often use a combination of different colors to create a look that was both eye-catching and otherworldly.
In the 20th century, duochrome eyeshadows became more widely available to the general public and were often used to create everyday looks that were both stylish and sophisticated.
Special pigments that reflect light in different ways create the mesmerizing effect of duochrome and multichrome eyeshadow.
The most common type of pigment used to make duochrome and multichrome eyeshadow is iridescent pigment. Tiny flakes of mica reflect light in different directions, creating the illusion of a rainbow of colors in iridescent pigments.
Chromatic pigments are made up of tiny particles that reflect different wavelengths of light. This creates the illusion of a single color that changes depending on the angle of view. Chromatic pigments will typically shift between two or three colors.
Chromatic pigments are created by coating a substrate, such as mica or titanium dioxide, with a thin layer of a reflective material, such as metal or glass. The reflective material is what gives the pigment its shimmering or iridescent appearance.
The type of reflective material used will determine the color of the pigment. For example, a pigment coated with a layer of gold will appear gold, while a pigment coated with a layer of silver will appear silver.
Chromatic pigments can be used to create a variety of effects, including:
Interference pigments are used in cosmetics, such as eye shadow, lipstick, and nail polish. They are also used in paints, inks, and other decorative applications. Interference pigments are created by depositing thin layers of different materials onto a substrate, such as mica or titanium dioxide. The thickness and refractive index of each layer are carefully controlled to create the desired color effect. For example, a pigment made with layers of titanium dioxide and mica will appear to change color from blue to green to gold.
The type of materials used in interference pigments can vary widely, but some common examples include:
Interference pigments can be used to create a variety of effects, including:
Interference pigments are a versatile and creative tool that can be used to create a variety of looks. And with so many colors and effects to choose from, there is sure to be an interference pigment that is perfect for any occasion.
Tiny particles of metallic pigments reflect light in a single direction, creating the illusion of a single, metallic color.
Flakes of metal, such as aluminum, copper, or silver, are made into these products. They are then coated with a clear resin to protect them and make them easier to use.
Metallic pigments come in a variety of colors, including gold, silver, bronze, copper, and more. They also come in different finishes, such as matte, satin, and shimmer.
Metallic pigments add a touch of shimmer to any look.
The pigment should be rich and vibrant. Again, the pigment is what gives the makeup its color. Highly pigmented good quality makeup pigments produce a strong color with just a small amount of product.
The eyeshadow should be easy to blend. Good quality makeup pigments will be easy to blend, meaning that they will blend smoothly and evenly without leaving any streaks or harsh lines.
Lastly, the eyeshadow should last a while (under most circumstances) without fading or becoming patchy.
The presence of ingredients like tin oxide and magnesium stearate can greatly enhance the performance of these eyeshadows. Furthermore, oxide helps create a smooth and even application, while magnesium stearate improves adherence and longevity.
The use of calcium aluminum borosilicate contributes to the mesmerizing color shift effect
I can help answer this question for you but when it comes to color selection, I like to make sure you understand a little of the color theory of makeup.
Understanding basic color theory allows you to choose colors that flatter your skin tone and enhance your features. Makeup artists can use color theory to create a variety of effects, from subtle to dramatic.
If you want to understand basic color theory as it pertains to makeup, grab a copy of my book, Be Your Own Makeup Artist. It’s a comprehensive guide to makeup application and covers everything from choosing the right foundation to applying eyeliner. The book also includes a section on color theory, which explains how to use colors to create different looks.
Look for duochrome eyeshadows with a green or gold shift (and/or blue for multichrome). These colors will help to make your eyes look brighter and more vibrant.
Look for duochrome eyeshadows with a blue or purple shift (and/or pink for multichrome). These colors will help to make your eyes look cooler and more mysterious.
Look for duochrome eyeshadows with a copper or bronze shift (and/or gold for multichrome). These colors will help to make your eyes look warmer and more inviting.
Look for duochrome eyeshadows with a pink, purple, or gold shift (and/or green for multichrome). These colors will help to bring out the different colors in your eyes.
You can apply duochrome and multichrome eyeshadow to your eyes in a variety of ways, depending on your eye shape. Again, grab a copy of my book to learn about all the different eye shapes and how to identify yours. I also teach this in my course Learn Makeup in 5 Days!
Here are a few tips:
Apply the eyeshadow to the lid and blend it up towards the brow bone. You can also use a damp brush to intensify the color and shift.
Apply the eyeshadow to the lid and blend it out towards the crease. You can also use a lighter shade of eyeshadow in the crease to help create depth.
Apply the eyeshadow to the lid and blend it out towards the outer corner of the eye. You can also use a darker shade of eyeshadow in the outer corner of the eye to help create definition.
Apply the eyeshadow to the lid and blend it out towards the crease. You can also use a shimmery eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye to help make your eyes look bigger.
Not sure what your eye shape is and want to learn how to wear makeup?
If you’re looking to learn how to apply makeup and eyeshadow specific to your unique face shape and features, I have two options for you. You can work with me 1:1 inside my Create Your Signature Makeup Look program, or you can learn about yourself independently in my virtual Learn Makeup in 5 Days Course.
We will work together to create a makeup routine tailored to your individual needs and preferences in Create Your Signature Makeup Look. We’ll discuss your face shape, skin tone, and eye color, and I’ll teach you how to use makeup to highlight your best features and minimize any areas you’d like to conceal.
If you’re looking for a more independent learning experience, my Learn Makeup in 5 Days Course is a great option. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of makeup application, including how to choose the right products, and how to apply foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick. You’ll also learn how to create a variety of looks, from everyday to evening. No matter which option you choose, I’m confident that you’ll learn how to apply makeup in a way that makes you feel confident and beautiful.
As a general rule, I recommend having 2-3 duochromes and multichromes in your capsule makeup bag collection. This will give you enough variety to create a variety of looks, without being too overwhelming.
Here are a few tips to help you decide:
What kind of looks do you like to create? If you prefer subtle looks, you may only need one or two duochromes or multichromes. If you want more dramatic looks, you may want to add a few more to your collection.
Applying these shades on the top of an eyeshadow or on the top of your eyelids can create a subtle color change that catches the light beautifully.
On the other hand, if you have a penchant for bolder looks, grab a duochrome liquid eyeshadow and unleash your creativity!
Some duochromes and multichromes work better with certain skin tones than others. Experiment with a few different colors to see which ones look best on you. These unique eyeshadows offer captivating color shifts and an intense sparkling effect, but certain shades may complement specific skin tones better than others.
Experimenting with a variety of colors allows you to discover which hues truly enhance your complexion and bring out your natural beauty.
If you have a warmer skin tone, find that shades with golden or bronze undertones create a stunning contrast, while those with cooler undertones might prefer iridescent shades with hints of blue or purple.
By exploring different tones and observing how they interact with your skin, you can identify the duochromes and multichromes that best suit you, helping you achieve a mesmerizing and personalized look.
If you’re only going to be using your duochromes and multichromes for special occasions, you may not need as many as if you’re going to be using them every day.
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