Eyeshadow Pigment Pressing 101

I decided that after much request from my gorgeous dolls out there that would try my best to put together in depth post on how I press my eyeshadow pigments or eyeshadows I may have mixed and made to whichever color I may have wanted to achieve. Heads Up it will get detailed and Picture heavy so please bare with me gals , but trying to cover all my bases here.

So to Start I learned about a company called TKB Trading through a few you tube videos i had watched on there Micas. Now the Sell an array of different items for those seeking to start making there own Mineral anything. You can Make, Lipsticks, Polish, Foundation, You Name it.

Now Lets Begin with what you will Need and why:

  1. 91% Alcohol ( Higher the Percentage it is more drying)
  2. Empty Jar 
  3. Glass Dappen Dish
  4. Pressing Tile with Handle Preferably
  5. 26 MM Eyeshadow Pan (Note they also sell the Tile no handle though for the 26mm)
  6. Eyeshadow Pigment of Choice No Large Glittery Chunks will explain Later)
  7. Pressing Medium from TKB or Coastal Scents has one Pressing Medium Some People use BioSilk also. I just wouldn’t use anything for my Hair for on my Eyes but thats just me! lol
  8. Tooth Pick
  9. Scoop
  10. Q-Tip
  11. Pressing Ribbon
  12. Cosmetic Spatula
Now to Further Explain Using Alcohol alone can work at times but I have fond that by using the Pressing medium in Conjunction with the Alcohol helps bind everything together better for Pressing . I believe that some have said that it is because of the Dimethicone in the pressing medium .
Now most of the Eyeshadow Palettes out there are usually 26mm round unless of course you see the Wet n Wild ones that are Rectangular, Inglot has Squared so on and so forth. 
Most Mac Palettes are 26mm Rounds just as an FYI If you are using one of there Palettes.
The Pigment you choose should not be super sparkly or have lots of glitter. The Glitter will not Bind as well and after you pan has dried overnight Completely falls apart after you put a brush to it. Well at least has happened to me and I have heard of others say they have the same problem
The Pressing Tile:

 These Are My Holy Grail Items for Pressing I prefer them over the Quarter Any Day!!!!

Like I said before they TKB does sell the 26mm pans along with the pressing tiles but for whatever reason these pressing tiles did not come with a handle. The Square one Did but not the Round .
So Ladies let’s use that Beautiful Noggin and Figure out How to Remedy the Issue… Go to Home Depot, Lowes and Stroll down the Kitchen Cabinet Handle Aisle. You Will find an array of Different Cabinet Knobs, Handles ETC. I Used a Cabinet Handle and Some Serious Glue and Bam just like that I had me a little Handle Ha Ha HA!
 I Can not live without this!!! AMAZING $1 per Yard!!!!!
**You can use a pice of Fabric or anything with a pattern also**
So Now you Have everything you Need So Lets Get Started:
Begin By Filling your Dappen Dish with Alcohol:
Grab Your Q-Tip and Dip it in the Alcohol:
Sanitize the Pan you are working with Especially if you are making it for someone else!
Take Your Scoop and Scoop out Some of the Loose Pigment you will be Using:
You will be adding the Scoops to whatever Jar or Dish you Have chosen to Mix in :
I personally don’t go more than 4 scoops at this point I have more or less an Idea of how much I am working with now:
Take your Pressing Medium:
I do no more than 2 Drops ( Too Much will Clump) Its a Bit Greasy you don’t want an Oily greasy Shadow Yuk!
Now you will Add with your Dropper some 91% Alcohol:
Now with your Spatula you will Mix it All together:
Now at this point you can see it has all Clumped up together :
Add a Few more Drops of Alcohol to thin it out a bit but now I am too Runny sooo…
Add A bit more Pigment till you get the consistency of wet Sand or Whipped texture:
Now We are Ready to Pour into the 26mm or Whichever Pan you would like:
Consistency we are looking for:
Ok so Now We need to add more pigment to the pan one because it is too wet and two because if I let this dry with only this much in it when I go to press will not be a full pan after its flattened
Now with your Tooth Pick Mix the pigment into the rest of the pan carefully but make sure to incorporate it all !
Take your Pan and Carefully give it a few Taps and drops onto a flat surface to get any bubbles, lumps or anything out before letting it sit to dry for at least 20 mins!!!!!!
Ok so as the Jeopardy Jingle Sings in your Head this is what you want after 20 mins 
Now the Fun Part Pressing!
Cut a Piece of Pressing Ribbon Enough so that when you press there is still a little extra around the Pan:
Line up the Pressing tile with Handle with the Pan:
Now Scream, Grunt, Do Whatever you Have to do do Push and Press the Hardest you Ever Have in your Life!!!!!!!! No Seriously Hard!
You Catch my Drift I mean HARD! ha ha ha
As your Pressing the Excess Alcohol will Come Out Leaving the Ribbon Wet like so:
Peel Off the Ribbon and this is what you are left with:
This Lovely Palette is for my Fellow Blog Buddy and My Hello Kitty Giveaway Winner Wifezilla Hekela Hope She will Like!
Some other things you can do with your Pigments is to make the Matte if they are Shimmery:
Top Actual Pigment 
Bottom Mattified Version
Now once again the Color isn’t quite showing up like I would like it to but you get the idea. Using the Matte Texture Base for Eyes incorporate some of the Shimmery Pigment with some of this texture Base and Mix till you get the color and finish you would like. Bare in mind because it is a white Powder it will lighten the color you are originally using.
Now I am no Professional by any means  or claim to be a Chemist in any way shape or form. TKB Trading is an amazing website that lets you learn and takes the guess work out of making mineral makeup. They even have recipe books, instructions, videos you name it. Wouldn’t hurt to learn a few things on your own about different ingredients and how to use them .
I have only been able to mix about 10 or so colors of my own because it is very time consuming and being I am as Anal and OCD as I am with everything I like things to come out a certain way and look there best . The Items Are super cheap especially the MICAS! You can fill a 30 gram Jar with one of there sample bags for $1.50 each and its actually more product than the Mac Pigments!!!! Just thought you should know!!!!!
I know of so many people and companies that use TKB Trading for there business and now I understand why from Jars, to palettes, anything you need! Shipping is pretty good here to NJ at least and its only $6 if you want it rushed . There is a $15 minimum for purchase.

Comments 20

  1. JC ♔

    You took some amazing photos. You must’ve spent a lot of time for this tutorial, thanks so much. Your end result is amazing–much better than most I’ve seen. Great job!

  2. Makeup Majesty

    wow, this is one of the coolest posts i’ve read in a while! thanks so much for sharing. seriously considering buying the stuff and trying it myself! I’ve mixed my own nail polishes before, so this will be a fun new challenge! I might be tweeting you for advice though haha! =)

  3. froggistyle73

    Great post!! I’ve always been a little scared of pressing my own pigments but you made it look super easy. I also love the last tip about making them matte colors. I have so many pigments I wish were less shimmery. Definitely trying this, thanks 🙂

  4. Ms. Prettyful Girl

    Wow, such an informative but entertaining post. You put some much info and the pics were great that I think you helped a lot of people with this post. You can tell it is time consuming and hard work so thanks for taking the time to teach us. I will have to try it!

  5. Cathy

    I am glad you are all enjoying Ladies it can be intimidating but I assure you as long as you have patience it can be done!

  6. Alyce

    I was wondering if you could tell me the measurement in mm’s of inglot’s square eyeshadow pans. I have about 45 TKB micas I will be pressing soon, and would like to put them in an inglot palette. I just want to know which size square pan to buy. Any info would be helpful. Thank you so much! Also, the pink shade you used in this post, is it custom mixed by you, or is that a specific color from TKB? It is gorgeous!!!

  7. Cathy

    @ Alyce I wanted to let you know that I got the 52 mm Pans from TKB and are GINORMOUS. They are mre for like Blush Pans wayy to big. Cant quite find the perfect size for inglot. Maybe you will have better luck than I have.Super bummed

  8. Cathy

    What exactly do you mean? Like an additive powder or when pressing ? Unless I mix colors to make a certain color I leave the pigments themselves as is or maybe add Matte Texture Base to Mattify them if I want

  9. Anonymous

    I am having a problem- the only difference that I can see between what I did and what you’ve stated is that I made mine a little drier- and then it PUFFED up like CRAZY!! Any idea what I did/didn’t do or how to fix?

  10. Cathy

    Hmm not sure I quite understand what you mean by puffed up. Do you mean it crumbled out of the pan? You definitely want to make sure the consistency isnt too wet or too dry in the final stage. After I mix I just pour it in the pan and wait 15-20 mins before I press it

  11. Anonymous

    I waited the 15-20 mins- till it would only barely come on my finger if I barley touched the top. Then I pressed for all I was worth- I’ve even redone some of them (with just alcohol) and they are STILL puffing up. What I mean by that is that the surface of the shadow in the tin literally formed a cracked dome looking thing- and yes, it’s crumbling and flaking in the pan when it’s doing that- does that mean that I didn’t press hard enough or that I’m using too much binder? I’m using 2 to 4 drops.

  12. Cathy

    Yeah i only use maybe 2 2 1/2 depending on how much powder I am needing . you dont want it to be too greasy or clump too much. I hope you can get it to work if not let me know we will figure something out

  13. Anonymous

    I just completely redid one using only two drops. That seemed to do the trick! Thank you so much for the help and the quick response.

  14. Make Up Tiger

    That was clever and time consuming, I was wondering a few days ago, how to make palettes.. I want to thank you for the Pic Heavy and very informative presentation.

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