Tips and Tricks: Minimising Eyeshadow Fallout















Eyeshadow ‘fallout’ refers to the little particles of powder which drop down on the face when you are applying eyeshadow.  It can be very frustrating seeing ‘fallout’ on the face when you have spent time creating a beautiful look.  Having little specks of eyeshadow or glitter can make the under-eye area look messy and ruin the overall effect.  

There are several techniques which can help prevent your overall look being ruined by eyeshadow ‘fallout’.  Read on to find out!  

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#1 Apply your eyeshadow first before the rest of your make-up
This can help you to clear up any ‘fallout’ and ensure it does not spoil the rest of your make-up.  I often apply my eyeshadow first, as well as using the tissue technique (mentioned above), to keep my face clear of any eyeshadow particles.

#2 Prepare your eyelids first with a primer
An eyeshadow primer can help your eyeshadow adhere to your lid more effectively, preventing loose particles from dropping down on your face.  Primers can also help your eyeshadow come out truer to form and make them longer wearing.  They can also help your eyeshadow apply more smoothly and prevent creasing. 

You can read more about prepping the eye and get ideas on eyeshadow primers here.

#3 Use a creamier or tackier eyeshadow primer underneath your eyeshadow
Cream eyeshadows or eyeshadow bases (like MAC Paint Pots or Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadows) can help eyeshadows adhere better due to the slightly creamier, tackier base.

#4 Spritz your brush with a fixing spray or water before applying your eyeshadow
This tip can help eyeshadow adhere more effectively to your lids, whilst also making the colour look more vibrant.  I particularly like this tip for when I am using glitter-based eyeshadows as it stops the glitter particles from dropping down on my face.

#5 Try holding a small, folded piece of tissue under your eye while you apply your eyeshadow
This will catch any ‘fallout’ from the eyeshadow and prevent the particles from falling down on to your face.

#6 Try using loose face powder under the eyes
Sweep some loose face powder under your eyes before you apply your eyeshadow to catch the ‘fallout’.  You can then brush this away when you have finished applying your eyeshadow.  This will remove any eyeshadow particles which have dropped down under your eyes.

#7 Lightly tap the brush on a counter whenever you pick up any eyeshadow
Tapping the brush helps to flick off any loose product and prevents excess eyeshadow from falling down onto the face.  This tip also helps to ensure a more even distribution of product when applying eyeshadow to the eye.

#8 Sweep a clean tissue, cotton ball or make-up wipe under the eye area once you have finished applying eyeshadow
This helps to remove any particles of eyeshadow that may have fallen under the eye, despite your best efforts to prevent ‘fallout’.


I hope you found these tips helpful! Do you have any tips for preventing eyeshadow ‘fallout’? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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