Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Prevent Glitter Fall Out from Eyeshadow

Share your best tips and tricks for minimizing or preventing glitter fall out!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. The most important thing is to use an adhesive or tacky base of some kind. There are several on the market, from Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy to Too Faced Glitter Glue, that you can try.  Creamy, tackier products can sometimes help, too, depending on the amount of glitter (e.g. may be good enough for a sparkly eyeshadow but not enough for loose glitter).  Loose glitter is best with a glitter adhesive like Lit’s.
  2. After getting product on your brush, lightly tap against the jar/pan/vessel to let any loose product fall, and then pat on lid, not sweep.  Pat gently but firmly on the lid.
  3. You can always use a business card underneath the eye to catch fall out, or do your base makeup after eyes, so you can use makeup remover to remove anything from the initial application.

Thanks to Amber for today’s topic!

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12 thoughts on “How to Prevent Glitter Fall Out from Eyeshadow – Tips and Tricks

  1. A good base, and then a tissue to hold against your cheek while applying the product.

  2. A good, and very affordable glitter adhesive is Stargazer’s Glitter Fix Gel. It’s all I use, and it’s really easy to get a hold of (at least in the UK). I really recommend it!

  3. A glitter applicator (Sephora used to make one and Lise Watier still does) really helps. So does a good base, patting, etc. but I really like using a Post It note for an under-eye shield. It lets me use both my hands if I need to. Also, a piece of Scotch tape made into a loop is great for picking up any glitter that does fall and won’t brush off (like UD glitter!). If you touch the tape loop to the back of your hand a few times, you can make it a bit less sticky and therefore more gentle on the undereye area.

  4. A densely bristled eyeshadow brush, that’s kind of flat on top (for lack of a better description), will pick up glitter shadow easily and can pat it in place. For loose glitter, a flat, synthetic eyeshadow brush like the Urban Decay Shadow Brush from NAKED(1) will pick up loose glitter beautifully and make it easy to pat in place. ^_^ I love my UD Shadow Brush for loose glitters, the glitter ‘sticks’ to the brush so you can pat it on the eye but doesn’t stick to the bristles so you get glitter EVERYwhere next time.

  5. I always apply my eye makeup first…and remove any fall out with a makeup or baby wipe. Then I apply my foundation and concealer. I find this works best for me.

  6. Cat G

    Somehow fallout always gets on my cheeks (yes, even when I use some sort of barrier under the eye!) and I can never get them all off no matter how much makeup remover I use! I wish there were in person training for this sort of thing!

    • Oh babe, I feel you. I got really into makeup after my bffs were no longer living in the same buliding as me.

      Try it without the barrier next time and pay attention to when the glitter shows up on your cheeks. Early on and you might be overloading the brush, or need a different one. Towards the end and it’s a base or technique issue.

  7. This reminds me of a tip I learned in my makeup artist training: when working with fallout prone shadows and you want to apply base product first, dust extra translucent loose powder under the eye, then apply eye makeup. When you’re finished with your eye makeup, use a large powder brush to sweep the extra product away.

  8. Dawn

    What should you do if you want to apply glitter on top of another eyeshadow? Do you apply the base under both shadows or apply the first shadow, then the base and glitter on top of that?

  9. Yeah, I learned after getting The Family Crest MAC pigment all over my face too many times that I have to do my eyes FIRST and then wipe my face with the Hard Candy Take it Off makeup remover.

  10. Thank you for this one. Just why didn’t I came up with that business card Idea to catch the falling excess glitters. I usually catch it with my eyes and sometimes hurt a bit when I catch a little too many. Thank you so much.. Are there any ideas in combining colors? My skin tone is fair..