How to Press Your own Pigments

Well Pigments are taking hell of space, if you want to save from space the best idea is to press your pigments, it is really useful, you can mix some of your pigments with some other pigments and make your own designed colours. you can add some glitters into your pigments and there you go, glitter eye shadow...
than why are you gonna pay more to your eye shadows just because it has some glitters, sparkles on it? No, by this way you can make millions, zillions of different shades and types of eye shadows.Also we girls are bit messy right and if we break an eye shadow we don't throw it we keep it and do not use it this way you can press your broken eye shadows and use them :)

All you need is an empty eye shadow pallets, some empty pan,

I will give you some instructions which I have not tried yet, I am still waiting for my empty palette and pans. It is been a month and I did not receive my palette yet.

Step 1:

First take one big sheet of aluminium foil and fold it on top of itself until you have 4 layers. Flatten it out with your hand until you get most of the wrinkles out.

Step 2:

Cut a square from the aluminium foil about twice the size of the pan size you want to create.

Step 3:

Taking a quarter push it down into foil until it hits the bottom of the palette. Use your fingers to push the edges of your home made eye shadow pan firmly against the sides of the palette hole.

Step 4:

Take the coin out, and again rub the aluminium foil firmly against the palette hole. Try to do this until it's almost completely free of any wrinkles.

Step 5:

Next take your shadow or pigment and pour it gently into your home made eyes hadow pan. You can add you mixing medium before hand and then pour it in if you find it

Step 6:

Add your mixing medium (rubbing alcohol can be used as well) using a spray bottle, this ensures an even application. If you are using high quality (or non-chalky) shadows, you might not need to add very much before pressing your shadow/pigment

Step 7:

Take either a piece of grained cloth, or a plastic bag and place it on top of the shadow you want to press. Then take a coin, place it over top and press down firmly.

Step 8:

Remove the cloth and coin to reveal your newly pressed shadow.

Step 9:

Next you want to trim the outer edges of your homemade eyeshadow pan. If your shadow is dry enough, take it out of the palette for easier cutting

here are some other ways

Fill the pan about 1/4 full with pigment. Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and swirl with a toothpick to make a bit of a paste. Ideally it should be rather liquidy to avoid air bubbles, but not swimming - too much alcohol will end up giving you a tiny cake. Add pigment to half full, and repeat. Do the same with 3/4 full. End with the pan completely full (you'd be surprised how much these things compress). I like to smooth out the top with a popsicle stick.

2. Dry. OPEN FLAME IS BAD. Remember this stuff is flammable. I lucked out - I have a food dehydrator. I can put my pans in there and they will be completely dry in less than a day. You could probably put these in an oven (on a cookie sheet or something) on the lowest setting possible (think WARM). And in a few hours it will probably be dry. Remember that rubbing alcohol also contains water, so it'll take some encouragement/time to get totally dry.

Any small press works, so long as it can provide a lot of pressure. If you can distribute the weight effectively, you could probably do this with a stack of books/weights/whatever.
Edit: You can also get mini flower presses at Borders

Any swatch of material should work - I like denim because it's a bit thicker, and any additional moisture will be sopped up nicely.

Remarkably, a quarter is the perfect size of fitting over a MAC pan:

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