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Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow

 Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow - I know that many of you are intimidated by loose eyeshadow because you feel like it's a mess to apply. So today I'm going to tell you the best ways to apply loose eyeshadow, plus other tips and tricks so that you can feel more confident when you use it.

Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow

I love loose eyeshadows. I know that many of you are intimidated by loose eyeshadow because you feel like it’s a mess to apply. So today I’m going to tell you the best ways to apply loose eyeshadow, in addition to other tips and tricks so that you can feel more confident using loose eyeshadow.

Now, I have oily hooded lids. So in addition to a good eyeshadow primer, I really like to use a sticky base or a mixing medium. I’ll be sharing examples of those as well.

PR + Purchased by me. This post was originally written in 2013 and has been updated to include more information and video for 2017.

What I’m Wearing in the Loose Eyeshadow Video

Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow

Fashion
PattyBoutik Lace Inset Sleeve Blouse
Bobbi Boss Yara Teal Wig 
Bellabeat Leaf Urban 

Eyes
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette (Peach Tea, Peach Butter, Just Ripe, Chocolate Dipped)
Kat Von D Mad Max liner
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Cover FX Celestial – highlight
Colour Pop Jet Set Black pencil
Eylure 005 Accent Lashes
Duo Lash Glue
Urban Decay Walk of Shame pencil

Face
Jouer High Coverage Creme Foundation in Pearl
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Tarte Exposed – blush
Cover FX Prism & Celestial – highlight
Lips
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Hex
Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Conspiracy
Nails
KBShimmer I’m Onyx
I love this lip combo of Urban Decay Hex pencil coupled with Conspiracy lipstick! It’s such a gorgeous Fall shade.

Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow – Eyeshadow Brushes

These three brushes are the best brushes I’ve found for using with loose eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Moondust Brush
The Urban Decay Moondust Brush is perfect for applying loose eyeshadow or glitter shades.

Kat Von D Glimmer Brush
The Kat Von D Glimmer Brush is great with super sparkly shades.

Makeup Geek Foiled Brush
The Makeup Geek Foiled Brush works well with loose glitter or semi-loose eyeshadows.

Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow – Use Sticky Bases

Best Products to Apply Loose Eyeshadow and Glitter

L to R – Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Darling Girl Glitter Glue, Violet Voss Secret Weapon, Too Faced Glitter Glue

Violet Voss Paulina Swatch
Violet Voss Paulina glitter
L to R – Darling Girl – Fyrinnae – Violet Voss – Too Faced
Sugarpill Lumi Swatch
Sugarpill Lumi
L to R – Darling Girl – Fyrinnae – Violet Voss – Too Faced

You absolutely need a sticky base. Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy and Too Faced Glitter Glue are my two favorite sticky bases. Violet Voss Secret Weapon is good as well. Darling Girl Glitter Glue is now called Darling Girl Glitta Grip and it’s also an excellent choice. Granted, Too Faced Glitter Glue is the easiest to get ahold of, so it’s probably the best one to start with.

 

For Dry Application of Loose Eyeshadows

If you are working with loose eyeshadows and not using a mixing medium or foiling product, here are the steps you need to take.

  1. Apply your eyeshadow primer.
  2. Take a bit of your loose eyeshadow color and put it into the lid of the container, or a mixing tray, whatever you prefer to use.
  3. Dip your brush into the loose eyeshadow and tap off any excess product. This is extremely important! You can even give your brush a shake to make sure it’s got off all the excess.
  4. Pat the color onto the lid, slowly. This will minimize fallout.

Although it may be true that you can apply your foundation first, I prefer to apply my eyeshadow before I do any other makeup so that I can clean up any fallout under my eyes. However, if you like to do the rest of your makeup first, put a lot of extra translucent powder under your eyes to catch the fallout. Then you can simply sweep it away.

For Foiling of Loose Eyeshadows

  1. Apply your eyeshadow primer.
  2. Take a bit of your loose eyeshadow color and put it into the lid of the container, or a mixing tray, whatever you prefer to use.
  3. Dip your brush into the loose eyeshadow and tap off any excess product.
  4. Apply your foiling or mixing medium. I prefer Urban Decay All Nighter Spray.
  5. Brush or pat the loose eyeshadow on, depending on the foiling medium you choose.
  6. I find it works best if I apply all of my other eyeshadows first, then apply the foiled shade last.

Whenever I foil my loose eyeshadow, I use short brush strokes, much like dashes. When I’m patting loose eyeshadow on, it’s almost like tapping or dabbing it onto the lid. You can also apply a loose eyeshadow, then use a bit of a foiling product on top, then finish by applying more of that same eyeshadow to make sure that the eyeshadow shade is vivid.

Pixie Epoxy used as liner
Pixie Epoxy used as liner with Fyrinnae Because Cats eyeshadow

After dabbing a bit of Pixie Epoxy on the back of my hand, I took a stiff angled brush and dipped that into the product on the back of my hand, then I used that to line the outer 3/4 of my upper lash line.  After waiting for it to get tacky, with another stiff angled brush, I brushed Fyrinnae Because Cats on top of the Pixie Epoxy.

Urban Decay Zodiac - dry and foiled with e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set
Urban Decay Zodiac – dry and foiled with e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set

Using Loose Eyeshadows with a Damp Brush
If you’d still prefer not to use a sticky base, I highly recommend using Urban Decay All Nighter Spray or e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set, which is a great MAC Fix+ dupe. You can lightly mist your brush, dip it into the loose eyeshadow, and pat the color onto the lid. See my Best Ways to use e.l.f Makeup Mist & Set.

Blending Loose Eyeshadows
If you’re having trouble blending the seams of colors where you’ve used a foiling product, take a clean brush and dip that into the loose eyeshadow, tap off any excess, and then blend the edges. I also find that it helps if you’ve put down a base eyeshadow color underneath a more vibrant shade. Sometimes, taking a brush like the Makeup Geek Smokey Eye Brush to use for blending really helps.

Even though these are the best ways to apply loose eyeshadow, all of these products and techniques work with pressed eyeshadows such as the Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadows or Heavy Metals palette, too.

Other Ways to Use Loose Eyeshadows

In addition to using loose eyeshadows as eyeliner and eyeshadow, here are some of the other ways to apply loose eyeshadow.

  1. You can mix loose eyeshadow with clear lipgloss (or even a colored gloss if you like) to add or change a gloss color.
  2. Press loose eyeshadows at the center of your lips on top of lipstick to add extra dimension and depth.
  3. Layer loose eyeshadow on top of gel or pencil eyeliner.
  4. Highlight the cheekbones with a loose eyeshadow like Sugarpill Ghosted.
  5. Mix loose eyeshadow with clear nail polish (in aluminum foil) to make a nail polish color.
  6. Try mixing loose eyeshadow with a moisturizer to create a luminizer for the cheeks.
  7. Mix loose eyeshadow with Urban Decay All Nighter Spray to create a cream blush that melds seamlessly into your skin.

Best Ways to Apply Loose Eyeshadow Video

Products Mentioned in Video

I hope my best ways to apply loose eyeshadow video gives you the confidence to try loose eyeshadows! They truly are gorgeous and versatile.

Check out my 8 Tricks to Make Eyeshadow Blending Easy!

You might also want to check out 34 Life-Changing Beauty Hacks!

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