How to Press Eyeshadow

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Hi! I’m Mila. I share my 44-year experience as a Beauty Professional in this blog.This content is for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. Consult your Aesthetician for your beauty needs.

Tired of dealing with loose or crumbled eyeshadows? You might not know that they can be easily transformed into solid compact powders. In this post, we’ll guide you through the surprisingly simple process of pressing your own eyeshadows with household items and a little bit of time.

Eyes on the prize: let’s dive into this crafty solution for your makeup woes!

Key Takeaways

  • Pressing eyeshadow is a simple process that can transform loose or crumbled eyeshadows into solid compact powders.
  • To press eyeshadow, you will need tools such as eyeshadow pans, loose eyeshadow powder, alcohol or pressing medium, mixing tools like a spoon and small cup, pressing ribbon or paper towel, and heavy books or a pan press.
  • The key steps to pressing eyeshadow include preparing the loose powder, mixing in the alcohol or pressing medium, transferring the mixture into the pans, pressing firmly using a ribbon or paper towel, and allowing it to dry and set before use.

Tools and Materials Needed

To press eyeshadow, you will need eyeshadow pans, loose eyeshadow powder, alcohol or pressing medium, mixing tools like a spoon and small cup, pressing ribbon or paper towel, and heavy books or a pan press.

Eyeshadow pans

Eyeshadow pans play a crucial role in the pressing process. They act as containers where you transfer your mixture of loose eyeshadow powder and alcohol or medium press. Before starting, ensure that these pans are clean to avoid contamination.

Sizes can vary according to your preference – small pans for experimenting with different shades and large ones for your favorite colors. Aluminium ones work best due to their durability and resistance against rusting over time.

A well-pressed eyeshadow not only extends its shelf life but also offers better application control, enhancing your makeup experience altogether.

Loose eyeshadow powder

To press loose eyeshadow powder, you will need a pressing binder and an empty eyeshadow pan. Start by cleaning the pan thoroughly to ensure a smooth finish. Then, take your loose eyeshadow powder and mix it with the pressing binder according to your desired color intensity.

Once mixed, transfer the mixture into the empty pan and press it firmly using a pressing ribbon or paper towel. Allow it to dry completely before using your newly pressed eyeshadow.

Pressing loose eyeshadow powder not only helps prevent fallout but also gives you more control over application and allows for easy storage in pans or palettes.

Alcohol or pressing medium

To create pressed eyeshadows, you will need to mix your loose eyeshadow powder with either alcohol or a pressing medium. Alcohol, such as rubbing alcohol or vodka, is commonly used in the pressing process.

It helps bind the loose powder together and allows it to harden into a compact form. Alternatively, you can use a specific pressing medium designed for this purpose, like TKB Eyeshadow Base or MyMix Clear Pressing Binder Medium.

These mediums provide better adherence and help the pressed eyeshadow last longer. Experiment with both methods to see which one works best for you and gives your eyeshadows the desired texture and finish.

Mixing tools (spoon, small cup)

To successfully press eyeshadow, you’ll need the right mixing tools. A spoon and a small cup will come in handy for this step. Use the spoon to measure out your loose eyeshadow powder and transfer it into the small cup.

This will allow you to mix in the alcohol or pressing medium thoroughly. By using these simple mixing tools, you’ll be able to ensure that your pressed eyeshadows have a smooth and even consistency for easy application.

So grab a spoon and a small cup, and let’s get started on creating your own custom pressed eyeshadows!

Pressing ribbon or paper towel

To achieve a smooth and professional-looking compact eyeshadow, you can use pressing ribbon or paper towels during the pressing process. Simply cut the ribbon or paper towel to fit inside the eyeshadow pan, making sure it covers the entire bottom surface.

This helps absorb any excess moisture from the mixture and promotes faster drying of the pressed shadow. The pressing ribbon or paper towel also adds pressure when you press down on it, resulting in a more solid and well-pressed eyeshadow.

Heavy books or pan press

To achieve a compact and professional-looking pressed eyeshadow, you can use heavy books or a pan press. After filling your eyeshadow pans with the mixture of loose eyeshadow powder and pressing medium, place them between two heavy books or in a pan press to apply pressure.

Leave them undisturbed for at least 24 hours to let the eyeshadows dry and set properly. The weight from the books or pan press will help ensure that your pressed eyeshadows turn out smooth and evenly compacted.

So remember to add some weight to get those perfect, professional results!

Step-by-Step Guide to Pressing Eyeshadow

To press your eyeshadow, start by preparing the loose powder and mixing in the alcohol or pressing medium until it forms a paste-like consistency. Transfer the mixture into empty eyeshadow pans and press it down firmly using a pressing ribbon or paper towel.

Finally, let the pressed eyeshadow dry and set before using it.

Prepare the loose eyeshadow powder

To prepare the loose eyeshadow powder for pressing, start by cleaning the eyeshadow pot thoroughly. Make sure it is free from any residue or previous product. Then, take half a teaspoon of the loose eyeshadow powder and transfer it to a small cup or spoon.

Next, add two drops of your chosen pressing binder or rubbing alcohol to the powder. Use a mixing tool like a spoon to blend them together until you achieve a smooth and consistent mixture.

This step is crucial in ensuring that your pressed eyeshadow will adhere well and maintain its color payoff.

Mix in the alcohol or pressing medium

To create a compact eyeshadow, you need to mix in the alcohol or pressing medium with your loose eyeshadow powder. Rubbing alcohol, like vodka, can be used as an alcohol-based option for mixing.

You can also choose from various pressing mediums available on the market. The pressing medium helps bind the eyeshadow particles together and creates a smooth texture when pressed into a pan.

Experiment with different ratios of alcohol or pressing medium to achieve your desired consistency and color payoff. Remember to mix thoroughly until you have a paste-like mixture before transferring it into your eyeshadow pans.

Transfer the mixture into the eyeshadow pans

Now that you have prepared the eyeshadow mixture, it’s time to transfer it into the eyeshadow pans. Take a spoon or any small mixing tool and carefully scoop the mixture into each pan.

Make sure to distribute the mixture evenly in each pan for consistent color payoff. Gently tap or shake the pans to level out the surface of the pressed eyeshadows. Avoid pressing down too hard as this can cause cracks or breakage.

Once all the pans are filled, move on to the next step of pressing them firmly to create perfectly compacted eyeshadows.

Press the eyeshadow mixture firmly

Press the eyeshadow mixture firmly into the pan to ensure a smooth and compact finish. Applying pressure helps the ingredients bind together, creating a solid powder that’s easy to use and won’t crumble.

Use the back of a spoon or a pressing tool to firmly press down on the mixture, using even pressure across the entire surface of the pan. This step is crucial for achieving professional-looking pressed eyeshadows that are ready for application.

Let the eyeshadow dry and set

After pressing your eyeshadow mixture firmly into the pans, it’s important to let them dry and set before using. This allows the alcohol or pressing medium to evaporate completely, leaving behind a solid and compact powder.

The drying process usually takes about 24 hours, but you can speed it up by placing the pans in a well-ventilated area or using a hairdryer on low heat. Once your eyeshadows are dry and set, they’re ready to be used and enjoyed!

Tips and Tricks for Successful Pressing

Use a pressing medium, such as a few drops of alcohol or a pre-made eyeshadow pressing binder, to ensure better adherence and long-lasting results.

Use a pressing medium for better adherence

To achieve better adherence and long-lasting pressed eyeshadows, it’s essential to use a pressing medium in your DIY process. A pressing medium acts as a binder that helps the loose eyeshadow powder stick together, creating a compact and solid product.

There are different types of pressing mediums available, such as rubbing alcohol or specific pressing binders like TKB Eyeshadow Base or MyMix Clear Pressing Binder Medium. These mediums not only enhance the durability of your pressed eyeshadows but also provide a smoother texture for easy application.

So don’t forget to incorporate a pressing medium into your recipe for beautiful and well-adhered eyeshadows that will last all day!

Press in thin layers for more control

To achieve more control and precision when pressing eyeshadow, it is recommended to press in thin layers. By layering the eyeshadow mixture in small amounts, you can better control the intensity of color and avoid any potential issues like uneven or patchy application.

Pressing in thin layers allows for easier adjustments if needed, ensuring that your pressed eyeshadow turns out exactly how you want it.

Experiment with different pressing techniques

Try experimenting with different pressing techniques to achieve unique and customized results with your pressed eyeshadows. Rather than sticking to just one method, have fun trying out various techniques to find what works best for you.

You can press in thin layers for more control over the intensity of the color or try using a pressing ribbon or paper towel to create different textures and finishes. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix things up – you might discover a new favorite technique that gives your eyeshadows an extra pop of vibrancy or a beautiful shimmering effect.

So go ahead, start exploring and see where your experimentation takes you!

Label your pressed eyeshadows for easy identification

To easily identify your pressed eyeshadows, it’s important to label them. This way, you’ll know which colors you have at a glance and won’t have to open each pan to find the one you’re looking for.

Use small adhesive labels or write directly on the pans with a marker or pen. Include the shade name, brand, and any other relevant information that will help you quickly locate the right color when creating your desired eye makeup look.

By labeling your pressed eyeshadows, you’ll save time and prevent frustration in your beauty routine.

Common Troubleshooting and How to Fix Them

If you find that your eyeshadows are crumbling or breaking, try adding a few drops of alcohol or pressing medium to help bind the powder together.

Crumbling or breaking eyeshadows

If you have loose or crumbled eyeshadows that are falling apart, don’t worry! There’s a simple fix to turn them into solid pressed powders. All you need are some household items and a little time.

Start by crushing the loose or broken eyeshadow into a fine powder. Then, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol or pressing binder to the powder and mix it well until it forms a paste-like consistency.

Next, press the mixture firmly into an empty eyeshadow pan using your fingers or a pressing tool. Let it dry completely before using, and voila! Your crumbling or breaking eyeshadows are now transformed into beautiful compact powders that are ready for use.

Uneven or patchy pressed powder

To fix uneven or patchy pressed powder, you can try adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the mixture and pressing it again. This will help distribute the pigment more evenly and create a smoother finish.

You can also use a clean spoon or press tool to press down on any areas that appear patchy. Make sure to let your eyeshadow dry completely before using it to ensure optimal results.

Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t turn out perfectly – practice makes perfect!

Difficulty in transferring the mixture to pans

Transferring the eyeshadow mixture to pans can sometimes be challenging. The loose powder may not stick well or might clump together, causing it to fall apart during the process. To make this step easier, it’s essential to mix the eyeshadow powder and pressing medium thoroughly until you achieve a smooth consistency.

Additionally, using a spoon or small cup with a spout can help pour the mixture into the pans more precisely. Take your time and work carefully when transferring the mixture to ensure that each pan is filled evenly without any spills or mess.


In conclusion, pressing eyeshadow is a simple and fun DIY technique for creating compact powder. With the right tools and materials, you can transform loose or broken eyeshadows into pressed powder that is easy to use and store.

By utilizing different pressing techniques and experimenting with binders, you can personalize your own unique eyeshadow creations. So go ahead and give it a try!


1. What is eyeshadow pressing?

Eyeshadow pressing is a DIY technique used to convert loose eyeshadows into compact eyeshadows for easier application and blending.

2. How do I press my own loose eyeshadow?

You can press your own loose eyeshadow using the alcohol pressing method or other pigment pressing methods, which include mixing and blending the pigments with an Eyeshadow binder.

3. Is it possible to press eyeshadows without alcohol?

Yes! One can use alternative techniques aside from the alcohol pressing method for creating homemade pressed eyeshadows.

4. Why should I consider learning how to press my own Eyshadow?

Learning the art of DIY eyeshadow pressing could help improve color payoff, customize your personal pallettes and better manage your loose pigments collection

5. Where can I learn more about specific techniques in Eyshadow pressing?

There are many resources available such as “Pressed Eye Shadow Tutorial” that provides tips and tricks on how to effectively make use of different tools like eye shadow brushes, primers, and mixtures for great results.

How to Press Eyeshadow
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