Most natural brands use loose minerals – not pressed as you’re likely used to. Intimidated? Don’t be. These 3 tips have you covered.
- Use a primer
- Choose the right brushes
- Use a different application technique
1. Use a Primer
Natural eye makeup doesn’t have the binders and whatever else is in mainstream makeup, so it won’t stay all day – unless you have an awesome primer. I’ve tried several and my favorite is the Magic Primer by The All Natural Face. It’s 7$, the tube lasts forever. Just rub some on your eyelids before applying any shadows. There. Done.
2. Choose the Right Brushes
If you use fluffy, long-haired eyeshadow brushes you’ll end up with loose minerals all over your cheeks – not a good look). Instead choose shorter-haired, stiffer brushes.
The one I use is from the not-natural company Elf… it’s called the Elf Essential Smudge brush and it costs 1$. Yes you read that right. The only downside is that they must treat their brushes in some chemical so it has a bit of a smell at first, but I just put it in the basement to air out for a day or two.
*Tip: search for ‘elf cosmetics, coupon or discount’ because there are often coupon codes. I mean if you get any other brushes. A discount on 1$ is pushing it.
Also you may want to wait a few weeks because I’ll be highlighting another product from this company – they’re a mainstream company and mostly not natural but they have a few hidden gems. Very weird.
3. Use a Different Application Technique
You can’t just sweep back and forth across your eyelids with loose minerals – you’ll get fallout on your cheeks. Here’s a short video to show you how applying loose mineral eyeshadow is different.
- Apply primer to your lids as mentioned in #1.
- Put a bit of the powder into the cap of the jar.
- Press your brush into the loose powder several times.
- Tap off the excess powder (away from your face so you don’t inhale it).
- Instead of using a sweeping motion across your eyelids, you’ll want to press press press the brush over your whole eyelid – think of it as using a stamp.
- You can use your finger or a longer-haired, fluffier crease brush to blend it in (don’t add more powder to the fluffier brush – it will pick up what’s already on your eyelids).
- For the crease, start by using a lighter color than you’re used to (super-dark colors may look too intense). Use the press press press method with a short-haired brush to press the powder into the crease, then use a fluffier brush to blend it in.
- For eyebrows you can still use an angle-brush – I recommend pressed powder for eyebrows but we’ll get into that later.
Bonus idea: I like using a lighter color all over the lid and a darker color just on the outer 1/3 of the lid… this technique works really well with loose powders.
So that’s it! It takes a little getting used to but it’s really fun and I find you can be more creative with loose powders. We’ll also go into some pressed powder options if that’s more your thing.
Have you tried loose powders before? What was your experience? Answer in the comments below.
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