With ordinary household stuff and a bit of free time, you can turn loose or broken eye shadows into strong pressed powder. I searched and checked multiple videos online to do this, and found that this basic method actually works. It’s nice to mix your own colors out of shades you’ve got that don’t fit very well.
To build compacts pressed, you’ll most likely need some sort of binding agent to help tie the powders together. One of the advantages of producing your own mineral makeup is you’ve got power over what kind of binder you ‘re using. If you want to use oil, you should use those that do not clog pores, are refined minimally and/or are potentially helpful for other types of skin.
Ways to turn loose powder into pressed
Apply a little spoon (even just a few drops) of alcohol into your mixing dish and stir well. She uses an alcohol dilution of 91 per cent. I had just 50/50 on hand and it worked perfectly – it only took me a little longer to dry. It’s hard to tell how much alcohol you ‘re going to need, so just add a little and mix, then add more until a big, goopy, pasty glob – sort of like mercury blobs – is consistent. You don’t want it to be dirty-you just want it no longer to be powdery. When you have it too wet and don’t have powder to apply anymore, it will just take longer to dry
Spoon the mixture into the tub where you can permanently store this eyeshadow. Gently shake it and the blob also gets out, creating a nice level surface. If your container isn’t finished, you can blend more powder and alcohol and, if you like, add a second layer.
Let this dry for at least one hour for making pressed powder from loose. If you can brush your finger over it and get away with powder on your finger without scratching the pigment glob, you’ll know it is dry.
Place scrap powder over tissue.
Place the fabric over several parts. If you’re not pressing the shadow with a round, quarter-sized container, find any object that suits your jar, and stack it on top.
Place some books on top of it so the weight presses down. Put on for the night. Tip: When you have a hinged shadow container with a cover that is not going to fold back far enough to handle piling books on top of it, a dumbbell works well. Basically any compact, small object on which you can wedge will work.