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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tutorial: Make Your Own Eye Shadow Pigment Palette

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Purchasing pigment/mica samples online can save you a lot of money if you want to try many colours at once. Usually these pigments are about $1 each or $3-4 each if you buy high-end brand ones.

Pigments samples usually come in little bags that are messy to deal with if you want to use them on a regular basis. I'm going to show you how you can put these pigments into palette form without having to press them.

Finished Eye Shadow Pigment Palette

  • Pigment/mica samples (available from Coastal ScentsTKB TradingEtsy
  • Bead Storage container with smaller containers inside that have lids (I got mine from Michael's Craft Store. It has 30 small containers inside with screw-top lids, available here)
  • Scissors
  • A well-ventilated room to work in (very important!)
  • paper towel, newspaper to work on (pigments are messy!)
  • rubbing alcohol

To begin, take out one of the smaller containers and take off the lid. You can put some rubbing alcohol into it to sterilize it and then clean it out with some paper towel or a Q-Tip.

Choose a pigment sample.

I chose Coastal Scents' Ultra Shimmer Mica
If there is a label, peel it off the bag.

The label should come off easily if you are careful. Trim it with scissors to fit the container.

Place the label on the container.

Take your pigment sample and turn it upside down (make sure it's sealed). The ziploc part should be pointing down. Shake the bag to make the pigment fall to the bottom. Cut off a small corner of the bag.

Carefully pour the pigment into the container. This is the messy part. Pigments are loose powder and can disperse quickly. This is why it is important to be in a well-ventilated room so that you don't breathe in a lot of the pigment. Micas are a safe and natural ingredient, but it is best to make sure you don't inhale large amounts. Open a few windows and cover your mouth and nose with your shirt, just to be safe.

Depending on the size of the sample, you'll either have just the right amount (as is the case with most of the Coastal Scents mica samples) or you'll have some left over. If you have some left over, either seal the bag with some tape or put the remainder in another container. This is a great opportunity to mix your own colours using left over mica/pigment.

Place the lid on the container.

And that's all there is to it! Once you have transferred all your pigments/micas, you can place them in the container in any order you like!

The TKB Trading labels are a little more difficult to work with (the labels are larger), so I just bought small round labels and wrote the name on them and placed them on the bottom.

TKB Trading Mica

With label on bottom
Labelling on the bottom might be a better option for you if you want to see all the names of the colours at once. The bottom of the larger container is clear so you can see all the bottoms of the smaller containers easily.

You can also transfer any loose eyeshadows that you have into these containers in order to store them in a more organized manner. I've also put glitter into my palettes!

These are the ones I have made so far:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 

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1 comment:

  1. Whoa! I totally want to do this. I will have to look out for those next time I'm at Michaels. I bet I would use my pigments more often, too.