How to: Press Loose and Mineral Shadows and Fix Broken Pans

How to: Press Loose and Mineral Shadows and Fix Broken Pans

Hey guys! I have a bunch of loose eyeshadows that I rarely use. Grabbing a palette is easier than picking out those couple shades I want to use from a pile of similar pots, and then pouring out enough powder and tapping off the excess and on and on. So why not press them and stick them into a palette? This method also works for fixing broken pans like eyeshadows or blushes.

You will need:100_3648

– Newspaper/a surface you can get dirty (aka please excuse the background in my images)
– Rubbing alcohol (at least 70%, 91% preferred).
-A binding agent such as glycerin for mineral powders/shadows*
-Q Tips and tissues for cleaning
-Cloth or paper towel for pressing
-A dropper or spoon
-A small bowl (I’d use the pot the shadow comes in, not the big red bowl. That was more for catching drips when I poured the alcohol onto the spoon).
-A toothpick/stirring tool/spatula
-A pressing tool/ coin (For my size pans, which I think are 26mm, a quarter works well. If you need to make a tool/stencil, you could probably use something like taskboard cut slightly smaller than the pan and painted waterproof).
-Your eyeshadows

Step 1: Prepare100_3649

Start by laying down newspaper and cleaning your pans and tools with rubbing alcohol. If fixing a pan, break up the remaining pan into a powder. Remove the sifter if you’re using a loose powder. Pour the powder into your mixing bowl/pot.

Step 2: Bind a mineral powder.100_3651

Mineral powders have very few additives in them, which is pretty much their selling point. So unlike other powder products, they’re missing a binding agent, which helps keep the product together. Generally, mineral products are marketed that way, and indie brands are generally just loose shadows that should already have binders (but don’t hold me to that). If you’re not sure if you need it, try making this without a binder. If something needs a binder, it’ll be really soft and can deform from the pressure of a brush or crack. If a loose indie powder is still a bit soft at the end, you may want to re-press it with an added drop of binder.

I’m using glycerin, but I’ve heard of jojoba oil being used and products specifically for binding makeup. I just added 3-5 drops into my powder and then mix it (I’d usually add 3, mix, and then see if I needed more). It’ll begin to look clumpy. Remember, you can always add more binder, but taking some out is a lot harder!

Step 3: Add rubbing alcohol and place in the pan.

Everyone is different, and everything I’ve found online says different things. Personally, I prefer using enough rubbing alcohol for it to clump together into a single ball, before placing it in the pan and then adding another drop or two of alcohol. I find that something a bit clumpier is easier to move, but a bit wetter is easier to press. (The above pan didn’t have any extra rubbing alcohol added).

Step 4: Press.100_3655

Place a clean section of your fabric or paper towel over the pan. Place the quarter directly over the top of it, and press down evenly. The excess rubbing alcohol will be sucked up by the paper towel. Clean up the edges with rubbing alcohol, if needed.

Step 5: Finish the pan.

Write the name of the brand and shade on the bottom of the pan, or take the sticker off of the original pot, if possible. You can use a sharpie on metal, since it will come off with rubbing alcohol. Note: some pans may not be magnetic, so you may need to use magnetic tape instead (if you’re using a magnetic palette).

Step 6: Let dry.

Leave it out in the open to get any excess liquid out. Don’t use until it’s fully dry! (I try to keep them out overnight, if not longer). If it’s still wet, bacteria and all sorts of nasties can grow, and the pan may rust, depending on its material.

Don’t forget to clean your tools between colors!

BareMinerals and Fyrinnae shadows, now in a convenient pressed form!

And a general note: Different finishes press differently. The shimmer finishes from my Bare Minerals set were a lot softer than the mattes. The mattes actually pressed almost like they already had a binder in them! Some people say that mattes can sometimes be too brittle to press. Before binding these, the mattes were mostly normal and the shimmers were so soft that they’d crumble. I used less glycerine with my mattes, and a bit more with my shimmers, so I can’t really compare them well. Pressing may change the color or intensity a bit, too.

I hope you guys have noticed that you don’t need a lot of fancy tools, and instead can repurpose things you already have!

-xo, Andi


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