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How to - How I Press Pigments!

This is going to be a quick and easy step-by-step tutorial for how I like to press my pigments! If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

You will need:

Your pigment (I used this one from L'oreal called "Bare Shell", but pigments are available everywhere. In addition, if you accidentally break an eyeshadow, you can smash it up into a pigment and use these steps to re-press it!)

Rubbing alcohol (If you don't have this, you can also use a toner where the main ingredient is alcohol. Before I bought this bottle, I used my Clinique toner!)

A small container to mix in (I used the lid from the pigment)

An empty eyeshadow pan

A paper towel and something to mix with (I like to use the handle of a small brush.)

A large book and a quarter, not pictured.

1.) Pour some of your pigment into the container. I like to add in small increments and mix as I go to see how much I need. I actually ended up using the whole container of pigment this round!

2.) Using the cap of the alcohol to measure it out, add enough so that you have a paste consistency. You want to be able to pour this into the eyeshadow pan, so make sure it isn't too dry. You can always add more alcohol or pigment if necessary, but if you add too much alcohol it merely means the eyeshadow will take longer to dry!

3.) Mix well.

4.) Pour the mixture into the eyeshadow pan. To ensure it is evenly spread out and flat, I lift it about a centimeter and drop it a few times. (It seems violent, but it won't spill, don't worry!)

5.) Let it sit for an hour or so until it is fairly dry.

6.) Cover with the paper towel. Add a quarter onto the paper towel over the pan to press it down, and put the heavy book on top. Let sit for a few hours.

7.) Place in a safe place or a palette and enjoy!

Before it was pressed
And after (it was much later at night, which explains the completely different lighting!)


  1. Oh my gosh, awesome tutorial, thanks! :)



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