I’m sure many of you have tons of pigment jars, especially MAC pigments just lying around, cluttering up your makeup area. They’re such a pain, too! They’re messy, and take up so much space. Why not clean it up a bit and press your pigments? Besides, you can even make them into eyeshadow palette gifts to your friends!
Or maybe you bought this great eyeshadow, and accidentally dropped it, and now you don’t feel like using it because it’s all in pieces and hard to use. Don’t worry! Your eyeshadow can be saved very easily!
Please keep in mind that this will NOT work for mineral eyeshadows. However, I also have an article on pressing mineral eyeshadows. Check it out!
Isopropyl Alcohol (91% is better, since it dries faster, but 70% works just as well)
Eyeshadow pigment/broken eyeshadow
A pan or a container to put your eyeshadow in
A small container for mixing
A cosmetics spatula (a plastic knife works fine)
1. If you wish, put newspapers over the area you will be working. It can get a little messy.
2. Pour a little bit of your pigment out into your small container
3. Add a few drops of alcohol. You don’t want your eyeshadow to be too watery; it will take longer to dry.
4. Mix with spatula. The consistency of the mixture should be like a viscous liquid. It can’t be too clumpy; it should flow freely like a liquid, yet not be too watery.
5. Pour the mixture into your pan
6. Take the pan with your fingers, and lightly drop it onto a table a few times to get the eyeshadow to settle. DO NOT drop it from a great distance.
7. Let the pan dry for a few hours. You’ll know when it’s ready when the eyeshadow is powdery to touch, not liquid.
8. Once the eyeshadow is dry, take a fabric, cover the pan, and place a quarter inside. Press down. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to use different coins. If you can find a Chinese Yuan, use it instead. I find that these work even better than quarters!
9. Remove the quarter and the fabric, and you should have your pressed eyeshadow! You can put it in a palette, or return it to its original container.