Using Eyeshadow Sample Bags

Also known as “effing sample bags”, these little gems of makeup can result in mess and frustration. Believe me, if I could find a teensy product pot to put the samples in, I would. But worry not! With a deft hand, and some patience (and the right tools), you can maneuver a sample bag with ease!

(Or, if you hate this notion, you can clean out an empty eyeshadow pot and carefully transfer the product from bag to pot. Your choice.)

Printcess' Guide to Using Eyeshadow Sample Bags Ah, the eyeshadow sample…there at the base of that glorified ziplock baggie…

Printcess' Guide to Using Eyeshadow Sample Bags Carefully insert concealer brush, fluffy eyeshadow brush, contour brush (or other thin applicator with a long enough handle to reach inside) and pick up some shadow on the brush.

Printcess' Guide to Using Eyeshadow Sample Bags Withdraw applicator with eyeshadow on it…

Printcess' Guide to Using Eyeshadow Sample Bags Printcess' Guide to Using Eyeshadow Sample Bags

Either over the bag or the sink, tap your index finger on the shaft of the brush to knock off excess eyeshadow. You don’t want more fall-off than necessary, and you can always layer more shadow on as needed.

Printcess' Guide to Using Eyeshadow Sample Bags And apply! With mineral eyeshadows, avoid rubbing/sweeping too much, as it will blend the eyeshadow into nothingness. Instead, try gently tapping/pressing the product onto your skin.

Repeat as necessary until desired look is achieved! You’ll have less mess (unless you knock the bag over), and get more use out of every flake of that sample.

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