Common ingredients in eye shadows consist of mica, which is a mineral that is used as a bulk of the powder, and makes most of the eyeshadow and also absorbs the moisture and makes the eyeshadow opaque in color. Zinc stearate, which is an ingredient that adds color and can be used to increase the thickness of the eyeshadow itself. Mica, is an ingredient that is added to give the eyeshadow shine and luster. sericite, magnesium stearate, colorants, and preservatives. Fillers in eye shadows are primarily talc. The liquid binders are typically a silicone and the dry binders are typically magnesium stearate. In order to make an eye shadow, there must be a balance between the fillers, dry binders as well as liquid binders.
Many types of eyeshadows exist: powder eyeshadows (also called "pigments"), liquid eyeshadows, cream eyeshadows, and many more.