Using Loose Eyeshadows

Hi everyone (and new followers!). My recent giveaway has caused me to actually ask the question, do people actually use/like loose eyeshadows? I found when I asked on twitter many people did not know how to use them, thought they made a mess or simply did not create good colour payoff. I was amazed, since I use loose eyeshadows in almost every look I do and they are my preferred choice of shadow! So I thought I would make a blog post on how I use them and get best results!

1) Open with care!





The only huge thing I would say is with loose eyeshadows, definitely open with care. So far I have never had a bad experience with dropping, knocking over or spilling loose eyeshadows and nowadays many companies include a sifter, which means if it does get dropped, minimal product comes out. It also depends on the company. For example Lime Crime containers are pretty sturdy and don't "leak" but other companies can use jars which "seep" - product will come out the sides of the container and spill out when you open. 

2) Pick your primer

I find primer to be a very very important factor when using loose eyeshadows. I am not a fan of Urban Decay Primer Potion at the best of times but I will avoid using it at all costs when using loose eyeshadows. I find a more adhesive sticky base works best. Lime Crime Candy Eyeshadow Helper is the perfect accompaniment but also MAC paint pots also get the job done. If you want vibrancy and better colour payoff avoid the more liquidy primers and go for stickier, so the pigment actually grabs onto something. 
To demonstrate I have included some swatches on the difference between the different primers and how much a good base makes a difference!


1) No primer. 2) UDPP 3) MAC Paint Pot 4) LC Candy Eyeshadow Helper 5) Wet.


The first is the loose eyeshadow swatched dry with no primer at all. As you can see, sheer as hell. Second is swatched on Urban Decay Primer Potion. Third is a MAC paint pot in painterly. Fourth is swatched on top of Lime Crime Candy Eyeshadow Helper and 5th is applied wet. Lime Crime Candy Eyeshadow Helper and the eyeshadow applied wet provide almost the same results!

3) Using loose eyeshadow wet. 
Ultimately using loose eyeshadows wet or some people call it "foiled" is my preferred choice. I find that using wet can really bring out the colour, give excellent payoff and look so much more vibrant! However the idea of using an eyeshadow wet seems to really put people off. But it really is easy!
What you will need:


A flat shader brush. Something like the MAC 239.
Water or mixing medium. I use MAC Fix + and it has a handy pump applicator
Blending  brush. 
Your loose eyeshadow of choice! Lay down on a wet wipe to avoid mess.
Primer is optional but does help avoid creasing. I only tend to use primer if I am NOT using the loose eyeshadows wet. 

1) Spritz the brush with Fix+ (water works equally as well though). The brush should be damp and not soaked, or the eyeshadow will go on streaky.





2) Take your loose eyeshadow and shake it up. Then carefully open the lid.


As you can see, there is plenty of product in the lid.



3) The lid should be covered in loose eyeshadow or there should be enough on the sifter to use. Coat your brush in it.





4) Use a patting motion to press the loose eyeshadow onto the eyelid. 





5) Wait until dry, you may find that the line is a little harsh because we have yet to blend. 






6)Take your blending brush and put a small amount onto the tip.






7) Use this to go through the crease and blend out the edges. 


Obviously this is not a complete look. Just for tutorial purposes!

And your done!


I hope this helps anyone who has never played around with loose eyeshadows before. 
I am currently holding a giveaway to win some loose eyeshadows from Lime Crime - the full collection! They have recently been discontinued to make room for pressed eyeshadows in the Lime Crime range which I am very sad about! To enter the giveaway please go to this post! It ends is less than two weeks and is open internationally. 
Thanks for reading :)


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Comments

  1. Seriously this is so helpful. Now using the loose eyeshadows make more sense. xx

    feminine-art.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks very much :) I'm glad I helped in some way!

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  2. I always use loose eyeshadows! I find them quite simple... I mainly use Bare Minerals shadows!

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    1. I think it comes with practise! I used to suck at using loose eyeshadows. This is the best way for me and I think its quite easy :)

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  3. This is so so helpful!! I've got a couple of Barry M ones which I use for competition makeup for cheerleading and I never even thought to use them wet! Will make it so much easier now and will make the colours stand out so much more! Thanks Marvelle! :)

    Rhiannon xxx
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    1. Np Rhiannon! I am glad to help :) I'd love to see pictures of your competition make up!

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  4. I love using pigments wet but I just don't do it enough! This has re-inspired me to do it more! <3

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  5. Love this post! I love loose powders too! You should try Too Faced Glitter Glue eye primer, that stuff is fantastic for loose glitter/powder.

    I don't tend to use mine wet, but I want to now! I may use my Body Shop Vitamin E face spritzer as the mixing medium :) x

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    1. That would work too! And thanks girlie :) I will definitely give the Too Faced Glitter Glue a shout, since I need a good glitter glue anyways! :)

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  6. This was such a helpful post! Although it's made me want the Lime Crime eye dusts even more!! Whenever I use eye dusts I use a little bit of water on my eye-shadow brush to make the colours stand out more :) xo

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    1. Thanks lovely :) I'm glad it was helpful in some way! And you never know, you may win my giveaway! :D

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  7. what an EXCELLENT tutorial!! thank you <3

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  8. Just found your blog through Jayne Read's recommendation! What a great post. I do really like using loose shadows but on a day to day basis I prefer pressed ones just 'cause I find loose ones more time consuming. I do love to sit and play with loose shadows when I have time though! It's true that a lot of people aren't that confident with how to use them, so thank you for writing this :-)

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    1. Thanks very much Leanne, I am very happy to help! Pressed ones are great for day to day use I completely agree, I definitely could not use loose everyday or my make up routine would take 6 hours haha! Loose eyeshadows are a lot of fun when you get to sit down and play with them like you said :)

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  9. I've never spilled a loose eyeshadow, but I loose a bit every time I open the jar, it gets caught in between the ridges(of the lid and the jar). I don't know who decided the standard full size should be packaged into a tiny 5 gram jar. After I shake I always tap the lid to settle it down a bit before I open it. Thank you for the tips this is really helpful. Funny how this isn't so easy to find. I guess it's assumed to be foolproof lol

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    1. Oh gosh, I remember the first time I had a loose eyeshadow and I was completely clueless! There should be more tutorials/tips out there so I'm hoping this blog post will help some people. :)

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  10. This is such a helpful post! It's amazing how much the primer used affects the colour payoff! I used to use loose shadows all the time (MAC Pigments and MUFE Star Powders) but they haven't been getting as much love from me lately- maybe this will motivate me to pull them out more often :)

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    1. Hey Jen, I hope it motivates you :) I really want to try MUFE star powders, they look amazing!

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  11. This tutorial is really great! Even with these tips though it definitely takes some trial and error. The mistake I make most often is using too much water so I don't get an even application. Do you find that the shadows stick around without primer, if you use them wet?

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    1. Yeees that does happen sometimes. I find one spritz of Fix+ is just perfect but its a bit harder if you don't have a spray bottle of some sort. I find applied wet, shadows stay on all day without primer but do crease if you have crease prone eyes :)

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    2. I didn't love it so I was going to get rid of it, but because of your post I tried this foiling technique with Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray and it worked a treat! This post is sooo useful, thank you :) Glad I have a use for that spray now ^.^

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    3. That is SO great to hear Sarah! :)

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  12. this is brilliant! it makes ALOT of difference, thank you so much for doing this :) love the idea so much. i'm definitely following you, so happy i found your blog :)

    hope you have a fab day hun! ~ xx
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  13. This is such a lovely colour! You blend eye shadow really well xo
    Found your blog on the BBU bloghop.
    Times2Style

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  14. I totally love loose shadows/pigments...i recently bought me a few pigments on ebay and i love to play around with them. the pigmentation is so awesome and they were just $1,50 each :)
    Hey from the bloghop
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  15. Love the vibrant blue color on you. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Found your blog through BBU blog hop, following :)

    http://mui28.blogspot.com

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  16. I absolutely love that color, I have been lusting after Lime Crime shadows lately!!

    Visiting from the blog hop, I'm your newest follower :)

    Stop by my blog if you get the chance <3

    xo, Jersey Girl

    hairsprayandhighheels.blogspot.com

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    1. I have a giveaway at the moment, you can enter and win some Lime Crime Loose eyeshadows. Link is at the bottom of the post :)

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  17. Hey hun! Great post, very informative & I love the pics with each step, so helpful! Found your lovely blog through BBU blog hop! ;)

    Aysh xoxo

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found it helpful :)

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  18. Sopped by your blog via the BBU blog hop!! Glad i did.....fab blog.....xx
    http://toxylicious.blogspot.com

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  19. What a great post I've always questioned the benefits of eye primer! But clearly I need to start using one!

    www.beautyangel.ie

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