Pressing Loose Pigments

Hey guys, sorry this is so late, going back to school was pretty hectic.  Today I wanted to show you an easy tutorial on how to press loose pigments.  As I mentioned previously  in my Glamour Doll Eyes review pressing eye shadows is often more convenient than carrying around jars of loose powder.  So without further ado let’s get into the tutorial.

Ingredients/ Materials

  • Loose pigment eyeshadow
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • coin
  • paper towels
  • eyeshadow pan
  • toothpick/stirring stick

Step 1

Add two drops of coconut oil to the powder pigment and flood with alcohol til you get a paste the consistency of pancake batter.

Step 2

Carefully pour into prepared eyeshadow pan.  Make sure to sanitize the eyeshadow pan before this using the rubbing alcohol.

a little messy but it’s in there

Step 3

Leave the pan out for about 30 minutes until the excess alcohol evaporates.  The preferred texture should be about a wet sand consistency. Unfortunately I don’t think I have a pic of this stage.

Step 4

Press using the coin and the paper towel until all the extra alcohol is out.  My pigment had ultramarine blue in it which is why it stained the paper towel but if the shadow doesn’t contain this pigment, there should be very little transfer of pigment.  Lather, rinse, repeat if necessary.


Step 5

Remove the coin and paper towel carefully and wait about a day before you swatch your new eyeshadow.  Congrats, you did it !


Depending on how many eyeshadows you press, you can store these in a Z-palette or make a DIY palette.  I made the ones below with cardboard and foam.  The cool thing about DIY-ing it is that it’s absolutely customizable.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Comment down below if you want more tutorials like this and tag me on insta @___pyrotechnics if you attempt it.  See you in the next post!


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