I’ve had mixed results with mineral type eye shadows. When they work well, they deliver exactly what I am looking for – either a bold punch of color or a subtle touch – but when they work poorly, they can be clumpy or spotty. That’s not a good look for anybody.

Mineral Makeup Michelle

Here are a couple of things that I’ve figured out:

*Use an eyeshadow brush, not a sponge-tip applicator. I prefer a brush with a narrow, square-ish shape and rounded, tapered bristles at the bottom.

*Mineral shadow works well for lining – use an angled, thin, liner brush.

*If the shadow comes in a pot, use the color from the lid first, rather than dipping directly into the powder.

*Tap the brush along the edge of the pot, to remove excess. Always. If you don’t, the powder does this over-spray thing and lands well beyond the area you want to shadow.

*If lining, use a sort of push motion to set the powder into the lash line. Dampen the brush if you prefer a more defined, sharp line, then draw the color along your lashes.

*If you want a bold look, build with layers of color, rather than adding a lot all at once. This helps to avoid the spotty look.

*I’ve noticed that solid mineral shadow’s surface can harden and then it doesn’t work properly. To avoid this, only use a small amount of water at a time, let it dry completely before putting the lid back on. If it gets too hard, use either a clean tooth pick, orange wood stick, or the handle end (clean first) of your shadow brush, to break that hard layer off. Then, it should work fine.

Image credit: Michelle Smith