By Sheila Arkee
After publishing a Breaking Down Beauty on fixing broken powder cosmetics, I’d promised to follow up with a post on turning loose shadows into pressed shadows. Well, that was last year, sad to say! My intentions were good, and it’s never too late to make good on my promises.
The process of turning your loose pigments into pressed powders is basically the same as fixing broken powders. It’s so easy, and will revolutionize the way you deal with your pigments! As much as I adore pigments, little jars aren’t so great to transport if you’re going on a trip or like to carry shadows around.
Pressing loose pigments will revolutionize and open up so many more possibilities for your makeup kit. Prepare to be astounded!
You will need just a few ingredients:
- An empty shadow pan
- Rubbing alcohol – use 70% and above for best results.
- Something to mix the pigment/alcohol with. I used a bobby pin, but anything small and non-porous will work, really.
Let’s proceed to pressing!
Step 1: Find a Container
I used a NYX shadow container that had been on its last legs for a while. I emptied out the last of the shadow and cleaned it out with rubbing alcohol.
You can also purchase empty shadow pans in bulk, which is fantastic! Add a bit of a magnet to the bottom of the pans, pop ‘em in a Z Palette or your palette of choice, and voila! Bliss!
TKB Trading sells pans in a round or square form at great prices.
Step 2: Mix & Smooth!
I used a sample of MAC’s Tan Pigment that I’d had lying around for awhile, which was surprisingly a small amount of shadow! I ended up having to add a bit more pigment from a jar of Tan that I had in my kid.
I eyeballed my measurements, but when placing pigments into the empty shadow pan, go slowly, adding in increments.
Slowly add the rubbing alcohol to the pan, until you get a smooth paste going on. It’s ok to have your pan overflow a teensy bit, as the liquid alcohol will dry down quite a bit.
Step 3: Dry & Use!
Clean around the edges with a q-tip, if needed.
Leave the shadow pan in an area where it won’t be disturbed for a few hours.
It doesn’t take long for the shadows to dry, at all. Although I didn’t for these photos, you can use a small coin placed on top of a towel or other material to compact the shadow and leave an aesthetically pleasing pattern.
And there ya have it! Simple, easy, and effective. Enjoy!