Although shimmery shadows have lots of reflective quality and the ability to brighten and enlarge the eyes, they also tend to create lots of fallout.  The following tips can help your eye makeup stay in place without creating a shiny mess. 

Step one is to always begin with an eye primer as your base, followed by a decent amount of setting powder to lock in the primer.  Also, apply a nice amount of powder on the surrounding areas of the face so that it catches any fallout.  Next, figure out what type of shimmery particles are in your shadows. If the shimmer is soft-pressed, the payoff is higher.  The finer the particles, the more it sticks to the primer.  Always use a fluff brush to pick up a nice amount of pigment, then tap off the excess with a fluff brush and buff the shadow into the eye by gently pressing into the skin. When working with a shimmery shade, you will need to really tap it into the skin, so that it doesn’t just stay on the surface.  Start off with a light amount and continue to apply more product with short circular motions, patting it into the skin. You will want to create a nice and even amount of pearlized shimmer on the eye.  If you want to apply the shadow under your lower lashline, be sure to use a small brush to pat and press into the skin. You need to be more delicate than when you’re working with mattes. Be sure to buff well underneath while tapping into place. Another trick is to spritz your brush with a setting spray, using only a fine misting while being careful that it doesn’t start looking patchy. Next, take your powder brush and, with a nice amount of powder, dust away the fallout underneath. If you find it difficult to prevent fallout, you may want to apply your eye makeup first and then do the rest of your face. 

Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, and all of your beauty needs. She can be reached at 718 263-5517.