Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mineral make-up - Part 18: Using iridescent micas

What are iridescent micas and how do you use them?

As you can see from this picture of splendid green (Suds & Scents), iridescent micas (sometimes called sparkles or opalescents) are micas that pick up the colours around them. In the case of an iridescent green, for instance, you are going to pick up the colours around the mica and get a green tinge to the colour. These are beautiful for adding to a specific colour - say adding iridescent violet to a purple - when you want to lighten the colour and add some sparkle. You are not going to get a matte colour using these micas, but you can add sparkle to any matte eye shadow!

I've played with iridescent violet (Voyageur), splendid green and starlight blue (Suds & Scents - scroll to the bottom), and iridescent red (Voyageur - in lip balm) and all give a really lovely sparkle to your eye shadows!

(As a note, you can find some lovely iridescents at Brambleberry - scroll down once you've clicked!)

I think the best ratio for making iridescent eye shadows is 1:1:2 ratio - 1 part iron oxide, ultramarine, or chromium to 1 part iridescent eye shadow - with 2 parts base. This is going to give you a nice colour from the iron oxide, which you enhance with the iridescent mica. To get more sparkle, just increase the ratio to 2:1 mica to iron oxide.

IRIDESCENT GREEN EYE SHADOW - light sparkle
1 part iridescent green (splendid green from Suds & Scents)
1 part chromium oxide green (look for the post in late June for more information on chromium oxide green!)
2 parts base

This will give you a nice grass green type colour with a green sparkle!

IRIDESCENT MINT GREEN EYE SHADOW - medium sparkle
1 part iridescent green
1 part chromium hydroxide green (look for the post in June on this colour!)
2 parts base

IRIDESCENT BLUE EYE SHADOW - medium sparkle
(from part 12 of the MMU series, reproduced here...)
3 scoops base
1 scoop ultramarine blue
2 scoops silver mica or arctic blue mica
or 2 scoops starlight blue mica (scroll down to the bottom if you click on the link!)

IRIDESCENT VIOLET EYE SHADOW - really sparkly!
(This is a variation on the deep violet from part 7 of the MMU series...)
3/8 tsp base
1/8 tsp ultramarine purple
1 scoop of blue iron oxide (optional)
1/8 tsp iridescent violet

These are fairly straightforward recipes intended to show off the awesome power of the iridescent micas. You can try some variations on these - try adding the iridescent blue to the violet or an iridescent green to a silver!

For instance, in the silver eye sheen (from part 3: sheens) try a variation adding an iridescent sheen of your choice!

SILVER EYE SHEEN WITH IRIDESCENT MICAS - sheer and very sparkly!
4 scoops sunpearl silver
1 scoop black satin mica
3 scoops base
2 scoops iridescent mica of your choice

This makes a wonderful highlighter or sweep across your eyes!

Join us July 22nd to learn more about chameleon or colour changing micas!

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