How to Apply Pigments

Playing With Pigments
Ever since I received my Ragusa pigment stack by Alva Naturkosmetic from the IMBB New Year Giveaway by Tatjana, I have been looking up everything I can get on the net on how to use them and these are a few things I was successful in achieving –

1. An orchid eye look: Nothing special to say about this one, just using 02.2 – LI-LA-LILAC (violetish mauve) and 02.3 – ENCHANTING SEA (peacock blue/green) from the colour stack. If anyone finds it interesting, do tell me, and I will do an article on this in details. But as this is a pretty much standard make up with pigments, let me move on to the new things I learnt.

2. Making my own customised lip gloss- It is very simple in essence. All you need to do is find a clean dish or any non sticky plain thing to serve as your palette. This video demonstrates that very thoroughly –

Hope you all enjoyed the dolby-digital sound effects of the video. Ahem! Now, I have mixed the 02.2 – LI-LA-LILAC with a clear, transparent lip gloss to get a wonderful and super glossy, highly pigmented customised shade of lilac lip gloss.

In the picture, I have swatched all three samples – from left to right are: the clear transparent gloss, the 02.2 – LI-LA-LILAC pigment, and finally, my gorgeous gloss that i got by mixing the former two in a glass dish.


3. Next I learnt to make my own high gloss nail polish. Basically we put any polish on the nail, and before it dries, dust the loose pigment on it. Thus the colour gets stuck when the polish dries and then we put a top coat of clear, glossy nail polish to get the high shine look. This video explains it all, and thankfully without any special sound effects.

I have coated my nail with Avon Simply Pretty Black Beauty nail enamel polish


And dusted 02.3 – ENCHANTING SEA on it before the polish dried up


Then I used my Revlon Street Wear Top Coat clear nail polish for the beautiful, sparkling nail


4. And finally, I have learned the trick to make eye liners with a difference. Now I can wear all the shades that will get people wondering how come they never came across such a shade anywhere before- the trick is adequately demonstrated in this video –

However, I am not following that video entirely. I am not mixing the pigment in water; I am mixing it in waterproof liner for better effect. In the following picture, are the swatches of all three samples – the 02.4 – HOME OF PHOENIX (dark ash) pigment (Tatjana’s favourite), followed by my waterproof black eyeliner, and finally the personalised rich gray eye liner I got by mixing the first two in a glass dish.


Excuse me saying this myself; I think in the end my liner looks better on the eye than the one demonstrated in the video, which otherwise is a really good resource for learning. So I will ask everybody who is going to try this, to use a proper liner as the mixing medium since it holds the pigment better than water, and binds the new colour to the skin properly (as a proper liner should do) too.


Only the customised gray liner, with a light dusting of gold on the lids is enough for an everyday beauty look – gorgeous, without being overly so.


I am in love with the pigments… :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

Also Read:

How to Use Pigments
MAC Moonlight Night Pigment + MAC Lord It Up Eye Liner FOTD
MAC Venomous Villains Eyeshadow, Pigment, Greasepaint Stick Photos, Swatches


38 thoughts on “How to Apply Pigments

  1. :yahoo: me too got that stack from ratidoo:toothygrin: thanks for all the info scarlett. i dod not know how that pigments could also be used on nails :woot: :woot: :yahoo: :thanks: :thanks:

  2. AWesomeeeeeee post Scarlett :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: …really very informative. Pigments are worth an investment na…I mean you can play around with colors and get your customized ones in almost every makeup department, using pigments..he he..Me also thinking of investing in them now!! 😛 😛 …

        1. cali , i think both bourjois and colorbar also do pigments though not sure of either the quality or the variety of either :((

  3. :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: awesome!!
    my new love on IMBB :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2:

  4. You have done a good job with the pigments, gabbar…..I love the way you used it on your eyes and in your nail polish…….. :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: BTW……which gold powder did you use for your eyelids……

  5. I even liked the idea of creating your own skin color foundation dupe using pigments. I saw this video in which the girl (don’t remember the name! 🙁 ) mixed her skin color pigment with a normal day wear cream and applied it on her face. It created such an awesomeeeeeeee base. I was literally amazed!!! 😀 😀 😀

  6. i think you should use that golden powder by Nars daily……………it will work both day and night and anywhwere and everywhere………….. :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

  7. great post Scarlett!! sooo informative :clap: :clap: :clap: loved the nail paint n eyeliner!!
    i HAVE to show this post to my hubby, since i cudn’t tell him anything abt how pigments r used wen i was lusting over the new year giveaway pigments.

    1. :thanks: Scarlett :-* :-* Actually he might get me some if he feels i really want them, as I am a careful shopper he surprises me with stuff on my wishlist often. I have to b very careful abt telling him things i want, this christmas he bought me the clarisonic mia after i told him “wud santa get me this on christmas?” without even thinking. I had just seen it in post by Sanjeev, but thanks to IMBB i got such a cute surprise I might review it after I’ve used it enough.

  8. NIce post Scarlett………
    Especially the nail polish pic :heart:
    Do you know any pigments we can get here(other than MAC)?

    Btw can i aask you a question I always wanted to ask???? ?:)

        1. Oh Debaleena…wow thats a very nice n unique name. :heart: Does it have a meaning?…I just had a gut feeling that your name is not Scarlett.

          And for my name,its not Sonam its Gabbar you know :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: ….dont you use it :giggle:

  9. wow Scarlett. You did a great job with your pigments :waytogo:
    I will take out and do something with my pigments too now :yelo:

    Anywayz you have amazingly long eyelashes :inlove:

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