I’m so glad that glitter eyeshadows made a comeback. Not only does glitter look pretty and make you feel like a princess, but it brightens the whole face, really opening up the eyes. What more could a girl ask for than a good glitter?
Shopping for glitter eyeshadows can prove a little difficult. Not every makeup brand sells glitter eyeshadows, and those that do are usually powder based with an element of glitter. Glitter eyeshadows that are pure glitter, usually consist of one shade of glitter, which flattens the whole look. Problems, problems, glitter problems.
Well, I’ve discovered a pressed glitter eyeshadow formula that is easily blended, long wearing, easy and inexpensive to create, and requires no glue or glitter primer. Impressive, huh?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cosmetic Grade Glitter in any shade(s) your heart desires (It must be cosmetic grade glitter, not ordinary glitter)
- 100% Aloe Vera Gel
- 91% Rubbing Alcohol
- 100% Glycerin
- A small syringe
- Miniature spatula (like the glue spatula you used in primary school to put PVA glue onto your hands and peel it off)
- Some eyeshadow pans
- A small bowl for mixing, and one Ten Pence coin to smooth the glitter!
So, roll up your sleeves, get your glitters together, combining your own mixture of colours to create your ideal shades, and set them aside ready to be transformed into eyeshadows! I like to add 2/3 coloured glitter such as pink or brown to 1/3 conventional glitter colour such as silver or gold – gorgeous!
For one batch of eyeshadow, measure 3ml of rubbing alcohol into your small mixing bowl
- To the bowl add 2ml of glycerin
- Then add 1ml of aloe vera gel
- Mix the ingredients together using your little spatula until well combined
- Use your syringe to suck up enough of the mixture to fill 1/2 of your eyeshadow pan, and fill your eyeshadow pan half way
- Add glitter to your eyeshadow pan two small spatula scoops at a time, mixing it in with the solution as you go
- Once you’ve added enough glitter to the solution so that the mixture is thick, yet still a little damp, mix well to avoid clumping
- Smooth the skin of the eyeshadow pan with your spatula, and leave to dry for 24 hours
- Place a ziploc bag or clingfilm over the eyeshadow pan, and use your ten pence coin to press the eyeshadow into a compact formula
- To apply, use a slightly dampened flat eyeshadow brush and dab onto the eyelids, and ta-da!
You now have your very own unique pressed glitter eyeshadows, at a fraction of commercial cost, and so much prettier!