Foiling Your Eyeshadows

DSC_0010If you are at all into beauty and the beauty blogging community you will have heard about “foiled” eyeshadows. Essentially it’s a fancy way of saying “wetting your eyeshadows to make them more intense.” “Foiling” is just so much easier isn’t it?

Well, I was sick and tired of seeing expensive “foiling” mediums for sale when I knew there was nothing in it! Let’s take Mac Fix Plus as an example. Everyone and their mother uses this to foil their eyeshadows. Well, first it’s not green by any stretch of the imagination and it’s darned expensive! I don’t mind paying a bit for my cosmetics but I want them to be green and I want them to be more than just, well, water…So, I decided to create my own foiling spray.


The reason Mac Fix Plus and many other facial sprays work so well as a foiling medium is their addition of Glycerin. This helps to bind the eyeshadow so you can really pack it onto the lid. Sure, plain old water works well for this too but I find that glycerin helps to intensify the shadow and make it last longer. I used Aura Cacia’s Organic Vegetable Glycerin as well as their 2 oz Amber Mist Bottle. I got mine at Whole Foods but you can order them directly from their website 🙂

I mixed 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin with 2 oz of water and shook vigorously. The result? A fantastic foiling medium! I also use this as a hydrating mist in-between skin care steps! To foil my eyeshadow I misted my flat eyeshadow brush and dipped it into the loose shadow. Look how well that foiled? Gorgeous right? The shadow shown is a Brija Fiendish Florist. I have a Brija Haul coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!


Do you like to foil your eyeshadows? How do you do it? Let me know down in the comments! I hope you are all having an absolutely lovely day!!!


    • Ellen May 4, 2016 / 13:46

      Thanks! Right?!? I just can’t believe how much they charge

  1. Annette May 4, 2016 / 13:14

    Just yesterday I was looking up how to make my powder shadows into creams. This is perfect timing. The results I found were complicated (alcohol evaporating, mixture sitting overnight) and messy (mixing powder with lotion). This sounds easy and foolproof.
    By the way, the powder shadows I’m using are from Silk Naturals, thanks to your review. What fantastic shadows for such a great price! The dark purple is so perfect for my brown eyes.

    • Ellen May 4, 2016 / 13:48

      Oh yay!!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them!!! Purple is so pretty with brown eyes! Yes this method is so easy and you don’t have to sacrifice your whole eyeshadow if it doesn’t work! Just wet your brush and you’re set! Thanks so much for reading Annette!

  2. Beast Loves Beauty May 14, 2016 / 07:23

    I use Fix it by The All Natural Face – i usually mix it with some light eyeshadow and i use this combo as a primer. This is the only thing that works for me and my oily lids. If i mix them right, my eyshadows last all day, yay! Sometimes i also use this spray to make other eyeshadows pop little bit more.
    The base of this product is also just water and glycerin with preservatives 🙂

    • Ellen May 14, 2016 / 07:25

      Oh I’ll definitely have to check that out!! I have such issues with my shadows creasing and I have yet to find a really full proof eyeshadow primer in the green community! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Jennifer Ballard May 14, 2016 / 10:44

    Brilliant! Love this idea. Going to try it tonight. Thanks for posting💖

    • Ellen May 14, 2016 / 11:41

      Let me know how it works for you!!! Thanks for reading Jennifer!

  4. Jenn July 24, 2017 / 12:00

    Hey Ellen,
    Thanks for this great post! I love the look of foiled eyeshadow and I doubt many were aware they can follow your tips much less expensively.

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