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I pick up the shadow on the brush or my finger and then spray. You can let the brush dry before doing the other eye if you need to pick up more shadow (usually I can just put product on it once or on both sides and spray and that is plenty) or just use a different brush. You don’t need to saturate your brush – just one fine spritz is typically enough! I haven’t had any of mine get hard pan with this method.

I agree. This is what I do as well. No hard pan and it dries quickly so no issue with bacteria. But I do only do this for formulas that are meant to be used wet or dry

I have no problem. If I am worried about the pan, I will use synthetic and then spray the brush. Sometimes I even tap a very tiny bit of fix+ on my finger to set a shimmer shade directly on my lid. I have hooded eyes, using a damp product is a must for me or I have a huge tendency to get massive travel of shimmer.

I spray the brush (Sigma natural fiber) after picking up the shadow, using a Ben Nye product. I found it added some intensity to my less pigmented formulas. Once I put my glasses on, though, the change in the finish is lost so it’s not a technique I bother with very often.

It’s not a problem! Especially if it gives an eyeshadow a more foiled or intense effect. However, I also don’t believe it is something I should have to do in order to make an eyeshadow work. I do have a few that don’t do as well dry, but those are mainly my very few loose eyeshadows.

I agree, I don’t think it is something I should do to make a mediocre formula work. I only do it for formulas that are meant to be applied wet or dry like MAC Extra Dimension shadows. You get one look with a dry brush and you get another color entirely when it’s applied with a wet brush!

No. Partially because I don’t like touching my eyelids with a damp or wet brush, like I don’t like the sensation of setting spray… I’m an weirdo, I know.
Partially because I am concerned I will ruin the eyeshadow, causing hard pan and adding bacteria to the product via the moisture.

I’ll wet a brush (or honestly just my finger most of the time) to give a shadow extra “oomph”, but I absolutely want shadows to perform well without having to be wet. The only reason I want to wet a brush is if I want to make a shadow brighter/more metallic for evening looks.

I’ll do it if I have to, but prefer not to. However, I’ve found that for many shimmery and metallic shades, using a glitter primer (I use Nyx’s) in the area where I plan to lay down the shade I want to pop can have a very similar end result, and feels less messy and fussy than picking up shadow, spraying my brush (while hoping I got enough moisture on the brush but not so much that the pigment gets sheered out), and then trying to keep the now-moist-to-wet shadow in the right spot on my lid.

For something truly special or unique, yes, for day to day? Nope. I’ll do it for my loose shadows or really special indie multichromes to make them pop a little extra. Otherwise I always apply my lid color with my finger, it’s habit and I enjoy it, and that’s enough to make any worthwhile shadow pop without wetting.

I wouldn’t want to fuss with doing so all the time. I don’t mind dampening shimmers or duochromes so they’ll be more more intense on my mobile lids or inner corners. IMHO, damp mattes are a PITA to work with, unless they’re just being used as liner.

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