What are your tips & tricks for dealing with eyeshadow fallout?

The most obvious is just to… let it happen and wipe away the mess, THEN apply base products. For me, this is the way I tend to go about it since it’s easy, effective, and doesn’t waste loose powder or anything like that. But for a lil’ fallout here and there, you can gently diffuse away with a very large, fluffy brush usually! For during wear, if it is a known fallout-prone shade, then I will use an adhesive spray to apply the product to begin with, which gives it better hold and minimizes fallout chances.

— Christine
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My main thing is to use shadows that don’t have fallout! But I always do my eyes first, so anything that falls onto my face can be easily wiped away.

The whole “do your eyes first” advice makes good sense though it often doesn’t work for me since I use a tinted sunscreen that I slap on after washing my face in the AM (it’s also a moisturizer, so I need to whack it on fast). Years ago, I saw these “eyeshadow shield” things and realized I could make my own using Post-It notes and cutting a little curve into the edge – so much cheaper and they work. My biggest tip is “avoid, avoid, avoid” – shadows like UD’s MCRA and Maui Wowie are heart-breakingly beautiful but, in the end, just not worth the effort since fallout continues during wear time, no matter how carefully I apply or whether I used a damp brush or not (the dampness – from water or Fix+ – dries out and the fallout is left to continue its journey downward quite happily! I do love the Clarins Fix Makeup spray you’ve pictured, Christine. I love the original and love the “new” (not so new now) version in a far less tippy bottle.

I just avoid products that produce a lot of fallout :). The little I do get, I brush away with a super fluffy fan brush from Wayne Goss. I totally underestimated that brush when I first received it. It sat alone, unused in a dark corner until I tried it for dusting off fallout. Now it has a place of honor up front and center with my daily brushes.

I have a fluffy fan brush (not Wayne Goss) that I had relegated to my seldom-used products box last year. After reading your post, Beth, I just retrieved it so I can give it a try as a fallout duster. Thanks for the tip!

I usually do my eyes first as well.
I’m very curious about the adhesive spray you mention, Christine. Would you say the Clarins one in the picture is your recommendation? I’ve only tried MAC’s Fix+ and I’m not sure if I see a difference between that one and pure water.

Just in case there is fallout, I always apply my concealer *after* I’ve done all my eye makeup. I will use the concealer to get rid of the fallout if there is any.
But, usually if I’m wearing a glittery or other very loosely packed shade that would be fallout prone, then I use NYX Glitter Primer beforehand. Also, with some shades I will apply them with a dampened brush and that gets rid of any sort of fallout issues.

I also rely of simply dusting the fallout with a fluffy bush. I just can’t do my eyes before the base.

But the easiest tick is to simply use formulas without fallout. I’m lucky in that department, as I personally do like stiffer mattes and rarely use shimmer (almost never metalics and glitters).
Other easy ones are choosing brushes that `pick` and hold powder better, using a good primer, ec,

I prefer to apply my face products first. I have recently started using a setting spray, then a light dusting of powder before applying blush/bronzer/eyes or anything else. It almost leaves a bit of shellack on my skin, and any fallout (no matter how absurd) sweeps away with a big fluffy synthetic brush. It’s something new for me, and makes it so convenient to clean up.

I do my eyes first and if I’m using products that have fallout I apply The Ordinary’s High Spreadability Fluid Primer on the undereye. It is so slick with silicone that the fallout is really easy to wipe out with a make-up sponge. I can’t use it under makeup because it breaks me out so badly but I found a use for it 😀

Overall, I tread very gently with products with fallout.

I can’t imagine, although I guess I should try one day (especially with all my free time right now), to do eyes before foundation.

I do eyes last (but before highlight and finishing powder), so I’ve already used setting powder and sprayed my first round ( I spray once initial powder products are down) by the time I get to my eyes.

Writing this just made me realize it’s because I dislike doing (or can’t decide on) eyeshadow the most!!

If I do get fallout, I just brush it away with a fluffy brush and cannot recall ever having an issue with that method.
I do like other suggestions of using a fan brush, I don’t use mine for highlight, so I might be able to use it for that.

unless your skin is completely dry or matte, the fallout will always have some leftovers on my face no matter how fluffy my wiping out brush is. so how to deal with that?

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